Although so much more is known about how to support mothers and families struggling with emotional challenges and complicated living situations, it can be terribly difficult for individuals to find resources in their communities that develop into long term solutions. One of the problems with segregated special education programs is that they can be in locations distant from neighborhood schools and they can be moved whenever classrooms are needed by mainstream students or other programs.
Even when children are included in regular classrooms in their neighborhood schools, families may move from place to place as financial circumstances improve or deteriorate. Providing opportunities outside of schools where children and teens from throughout the community can participate no matter what their circumstances or housing changes is possible through parks department or library programs, non-profits, small businesses and national chains. Healthy communities encourage inclusive neighborhood playgroups, sports leagues, Campfire groups and other child-centered organizations.
Individuals can be overwhelmed by difficulties, isolation, and a random series of setbacks even in a community with all the opportunities that we wish were available to everyone. Hanging on and getting to the next better day is an important survival skill even when that is not recognized as resilience.
The best remedy for chronic sorrow may be having life go improbably right.
SE of SeattleChildhood Disability and Supporting Other Mothers http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art59660.asp