Homeless children in Atlanta


nscott84
on Nov 22, 2012 @ 08:51 pm

I have lived in Atlanta now for a few years, and when I first arrived I was astonished at the large homeless population. I mean you drive down the street and people are sleeping in the window sills, on the steps of businesses and other places. After being here for a few years now, I see that the population isn't just adults. There is a larger homeless population of children here which really bothers me especially during this time of the year when its cold. Looking into charities in the area because I love to volunteer and give back, I see that there are hardly any (if any at all) homeless shelters for women and children or families. It seems like they want to break up a family. I called one just to see how they operate and I told them it was me and my 3 year old son. They told me that I had to go to the woman area while he had to go (ALONE) to the man's area. I don't know if its just me, but I think something has to change. This world can't afford to remain the way it is.
 


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Malixy
I dont know on Nov 22, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

Is that really such a bad thing? If the parents cant take care of the child, maybe they should take the children and put them somewhere where people can take care of them. A 3 year old has a much better chance of surviving with a family that wants to care and CAN provide for that child, rather then to have him go back on the street with the mother who obviously cant, and could potentially even harm the child with such a way of life.
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Bren
Sad on Nov 23, 2012 @ 01:23 pm

If a Mother and and Child have to go into a shelter and unfortunately it happens far to many times.Things are tough for many people.Thank goodness for shelters and these organizations that help ...These organizations and shelters should help to relocate mothers and children into low cost housing and I think many of them do but just imagine how scary it must be.

As for a mother and a three year old having to be separated!That is just awful and would be traumatizing to the child I do not agree with that at all!
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Ali de Bold
That's horrible on Nov 23, 2012 @ 03:42 pm

A parent and child should never be separated unless there is abuse or the parent is unable to take care of them. It's so sad to hear that there are so many homeless there and especially children. I think it's wonderful you want to do something to help. That is how most charities start. Someone realizes a gap in care and does something super human about it. Don't be discouraged by what you are discovering. Use it to motivate yourself and others to do whatever you can to help.
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nscott84
Not really on Nov 23, 2012 @ 04:16 pm

I wasn't speaking about having the parent separated from the child per se, that is understood. I don't advocate for taking a kid from their parents but if a woman (or man) goes to a shelter with a young kid as a single parent I don't think they should just toss the child to the adults in the other shelter. That is just wrong. Thank goodness that was just an experiment for me.

On the flip side though, there are several families here that not only are in shelters but are literally on the street as well. Everyone looks the other way for what reason I have no idea but it breaks my heart. Thank you ali, your response was very sweet.
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