Brown’s mother began using crack cocaine when the girl was eight months; furthermore, by the time she was 2 years old, Cyntoia was given up for adoption. According to the documentary, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story”, after Cyntoia got adopted in Clarksville, Tennessee, her new family had been providing the girl with a stable home and proper care; despite all of that, Cyntoia had become a runaway in 2004, as a result of improper emotional development. She had dropped elementary school, and moved to Nashville. After abandoning her family, Cyntoia’s life started to fall apart, facing more serious problems, as well as unbelievable amounts of abuse, injustice, and
Augusten, a teenager, tells the story of his adolescence. Living with his mentally ill mother, Deirdre and an alcoholic dad, Norman, Augusten faces different kind of challenges. Despite the doctor 's extensive treatment, Augusten 's mother does not gain the mental stability that she seeks. Eventually, the stress of raising a teenage boy becomes too much for her. His life takes an unexpected turn after his mother gives him away to her unorthodox therapist without any warning.
As Karl Marx famously said “[People] make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past." Likewise, the foundation that affected Baby’s development was fractured prior to her birth. Baby was born in an unstable and derelict environment, paired with minimal parental support from a heroin addicted father, which hindered her childhood development. This significantly affected the choices she made -- especially during the formative years of twelve and thirteen years old. Consequently, her understanding of social and moral values deviated from societal norms.
When she was around the age of 13 her mother passed away as well due to a drug overdose after getting out of jail. Maci was forced back into her aunt’s house where she then started to act out violently. Her aunt had had enough and sent Maci into foster care (Babakhan). She was first put into a group home where she got food, water, and shelter, but no love. That’s when her current mother Gigi stepped in, "Even though she had safety and medical care, she didn't have love.
She would be the last person I thought to do anything because her parents are/were addicted to drugs. Then again, there is always a reason we do these things, this was because her boyfriend did it, which she thinks she is in love with him, so ofcourse she is going to do what he says. It started with her telling me she only did it once, I could tell she was acting different, distant, sassy, espescially after I told her something would be done if she did it again. She got defensive about everything, depressed, she also weighs 70 pounds. I think when you first try something, you do not think much of it then and there but eventually you want more.
Just think of how hard it is for them with no one to help them or guide them to survive and live. About 80% of those homeless children (12-21) use drugs or alcohol. The use of these things leads to kids going down the wrong path in life. According to estimates by the Urban Institute, nearly 1 in 5 youth under the age of 18 will run away at least once. Over 50% of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care.
Because he grew up without a mother, Cholly does not know how to love the women in his life and as an attempt to show love, he rapes and impregnates Pecola. The parents are to carry the blame of their daughters of sexual coming-of-age. Freida’s experience of sex is unlike Pecola’s not because she is raped but that her parents come to her rescue, protecting her for things she is not ready for unlike Cholly who brings harm to his daughter. Cholly’s rape of his own daughter is just a repeat of the sexual humiliation that he experienced when he was younger. The sexual violence that appears in the novel by Morrison hints that racism is just one of the many struggles black girls deal with.
She is denied to go to school, because according to her stepfather, she is ‘too dumb to keep going to school’ (CP 9). She is repeatedly raped by him and becomes pregnant twice, but the babies are taken away from her. Celie becomes a mother of two children born of incestuous union but they are sold by Alphonso for monetary benefit. Celie’s life is the representation of the female slaves whose children were forcefully taken away by the slave masters who enjoyed the financial gain by selling children. Celie mingles her physical suffering with the psychological torture through many letters that she writes to God and her sister.
The novel Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill is narrated by Baby -- the 12 year old protagonist and daughter of a single father and heroin addict, Jules. Baby never knew her mother and is unaware that she has any other family. They live in various shabby hotels in Montreal’s red light district. This paper is an exploration of the pathway effects caused by lack of familial support and how Jules addiction created a milieu that leads to Baby being ostracised by society. Suggestions are offered to alleviate their struggles.
Cupcake 's mother died when she was 11.After that she got taken away from the family she knew. Cupcake found out that the man she has been calling daddy, wasn’t really her father. After a custody battle, the court gave her biological father full custody of her and her brother. But her biological father only wanted custody so that he could receive social security checks. He didn’t want them so we placed them in an abusive stranger 's foster home, along with several other children.