Four Corners - For the Children's Sake
How do we deal with parents who are drug addicts or alcoholics? Do we just accept the dangers they pose? Is it enough to rely on rehabilitation services and monitoring? Or as a last resort should the authorities step in? How many chances should they get before they forfeit their rights to be parents?
Sharon nearly lost her baby. She went into labour seven weeks early after rupturing her placenta as a result of injecting drugs. She’s now in a residential rehabilitation program to try and kick her habit.
Fiona, another drug user, stopped breast-feeding after only three weeks so she could start using speed. She’s also in a rehabilitation program.
Debbie was five months pregnant when she went on a drinking binge, got behind the wheel and crashed her car. She’s just left a residential care program.
All these women are desperate to prove their worth as parents despite their reckless past behaviour.There are no easy answers. Four Corners meets drug users and alcoholics who explain their struggle to get clean and prove themselves fit to be parents.
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