Check every bookstore and library and the internet, and you will not find a single book telling the day-by-day story of raising drug-affected children. In the ’70s, when Mariah and her husband adopted these three, they weren’t told that the biological parents were on drugs. It took super parenting to raise children whose conscience and rational thinking were seriously damaged. It took prayer and a commitment as deep as their marriage vows plus a degree in psychology and child therapy and many miracles and lots of common sense. When you read how Mariah rushed out on the front porch and prayed, “God, send me a spaceship to take these children,” you won’t want to put the book down. The children are adults now but cannot function as adults. Without consistent mentoring, they would end up on the streets or in prison. The parents who took the drugs should be in prison.
With the increase in drugs coming into the united states as well the misuse of prescription drugs, more and more of our children will be drug affected in utero.
Children born of drug using parents will have brain damage and a multitude of other handicapping conditions that will require special services as they grow and develop.