falling through the cracks
My daughters are adopted from foster care, now in their 20's: one daughter is mixed bipolar, learning disabled, recently denied social security and is living in a room in a house with her boyfriend; and the other has mixed psych dxs (also hypochrondria, compulsive lying), severely learning disabled and hearing impaired, still on social security and living in an adult living facility with others not like her. They were with me and my ex from approx age 6 to 19. We had no family in the area, and found social networks badly lacking even from our church. The girls aged out of the system in terms of qualifying for ongoing assistance from the foster care system. I never had them on my health insurance because I could not afford to, and now their poverty qualified health insurance is even more limited. The higher functioning of the two never achieved her HS diploma or GED, and is having difficulty finding any job or job training. Just wanted to share this - that so many fall through the cracks, that caregivers burn out (I needed them to live elsewhere esp after the divorce), and that while I wanted to adopt them, I do love them and I still visit with them monthly and we talk on the phone a few days a week. I haven't the financial means nor the time to seek and obtain the services they need...