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Chicago parents in crisis: Extended child care proves a godsend

There are 110 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 28, 2009, titled Chicago parents in crisis: Extended child care proves a godsend. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

In a desperate but loving attempt to get their lives on track, Samer and Yvette Assaf handed their children to strangers nine days ago.

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George from outer space

Winnipeg, Canada

#1 Mar 28, 2009
Irresponsible people having children. How quaint.

But of course it's their "Right" NEVER their "Responsibility".
Ignorance

Park Ridge, IL

#2 Mar 28, 2009
George from outer space wrote:
Irresponsible people having children. How quaint.
But of course it's their "Right" NEVER their "Responsibility".
Oh so I guess your world is absolutely perfect and without sin.
Cynthia

Santa Clara, CA

#3 Mar 28, 2009
George from Outer Space:(And indeed, that's exactly where you seem to hail from)... I was wondering how long it would take for the comments blaming the parents, excoriating them for having a family, and damning them for seeking help.

You did not disappoint. Now please crawl back into your bubble.
Wisconsin

AOL

#4 Mar 28, 2009
This sounds like a nice program that isn't a burden on taxpayers.
LLL

United States

#5 Mar 28, 2009
The volunteers and program deserve to be praised. They are not burdening society and are helping families that are at risk. Sometimes all someones needs is a little help early on to prevent a horrible situation later. Nice work!
clyde

Brunswick, GA

#6 Mar 28, 2009
Let me see...hmm..19 years old with TWO kids....intelligence is not their specialty, apparently. Spin this all you want, but it's a perfect case of stupid decisions catching up with people. In this case, FAST. Instead of buying a car, maybe they should buy a television set, which would give them something else to do at night.
Welcome Comrades

Carol Stream, IL

#7 Mar 28, 2009
Wisconsin wrote:
This sounds like a nice program that isn't a burden on taxpayers.
I'm sure the Feds could do just as good a job and it would only cost a couple of hundred billion.

Then these poor children would not have to suffer this christian brainwashing. Ok just kidding.

Joking aside. This is just one good example of how a community can solve is own problems.

No bureaucrats with billion dollar budgets that accomplish what some volunteers on a shoestring budget can do.
Juan Valdez

Bridgeview, IL

#8 Mar 28, 2009
wow, what an awesome program and a blessing for these parents.

I can't even imagine what it would be like to have a kid at 19. Honestly, I can't.
Alex

Glen Ellyn, IL

#9 Mar 28, 2009
If you can't afford kids.....DON'T multiply them. This country needs a child TAX!
drg

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Mar 28, 2009
My wife and I are a Safe Family and we have gotten as much from it as those we have helped. Try it, you'll like it!
Burbie

United States

#11 Mar 28, 2009
Juan Valdez wrote:
wow, what an awesome program and a blessing for these parents.
I can't even imagine what it would be like to have a kid at 19. Honestly, I can't.
Ya' know, I did, one at 18 and one at 21. I don't know how I did it. Looking at mine now, they are currently 18 and 21, I couldn't imagine them having kids and thankfully they don't.
Chicago

United States

#12 Mar 28, 2009
I have met Dr Anderson, I know the Safe Family program through Willow Creek and I know some of the families that take in kids of all ages. What a blessing this program is in times of crisis and to help families get back on their feet.
cubbie

Chicago, IL

#14 Mar 28, 2009
great, a 19-year-old couple with TWO kids already, just what society needs. Yet more of a burden for the welfare state.
eva

Lansing, IL

#15 Mar 28, 2009
cubbie wrote:
great, a 19-year-old couple with TWO kids already, just what society needs. Yet more of a burden for the welfare state.
Cubbie, pay attention. These two are trying to get their act together, not apply for welfare.

It makes me crazy to see children having children, but come on... this couple is trying to turn their life around and make a go of it for themselves and their children. Some wonderful, caring families are giving them the help they desperately need. Thank God for people like that.

Are you saying YOU have never needed help?
cubbie

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 28, 2009
they 'say' they're trying to turn their lives around and sure, it's a nice quote for the Tribune writer. but, really, if these two 19-year-olds are suddenly going to mature overnight then you need to think again.

While intelligent hardworking people are putting off having kids to improve their education and work hard at their careers, the uneducated ignorant masses are diluting the gene pool ever further by spewing out ever more drooling infants born into dysfunction and state-sponsored leisure.
Define Irresponsible

Des Plaines, IL

#17 Mar 28, 2009
[QUOTE ="George from outer space"]Irresponsible people having children. How quaint.
But of course it's their "Right" NEVER their "Responsibility".[/Q UOTE]
Who is the arbiter of responsibility? OK, the younger parents here may need more time to "grow up" before having kids... But then, there is the case of the 43 year old widower. Agreed, there may be "better" ways to cope with a spouse's death than illegal drugs, but he figured out that he needed help, and sought it, on his own.
I'm glad that there is such a program available for families that need a break before the breaking point (and DCFS).
smithbarneyharri supham

United States

#18 Mar 28, 2009
Welcome Comrades wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure the Feds could do just as good a job and it would only cost a couple of hundred billion.
Then these poor children would not have to suffer this christian brainwashing. Ok just kidding.
Joking aside. This is just one good example of how a community can solve is own problems.
No bureaucrats with billion dollar budgets that accomplish what some volunteers on a shoestring budget can do.
This article PROVES that there are many Christian people who give of themselves for others.

The article left me inspired. Maybe I WILL try it. I've got only one teenager left at home.

All I know is, better the community than the government.

Old fashioned Christian charity! What a DANGER to this new administration who sees everyone as victims in need of Uncle Sam.

My congrats to ALL involved.
Kim

Raleigh, NC

#19 Mar 28, 2009
I'm with the readers who are of the mind that the community should be lauded for taking this issue into its own hands, instead of schluffing it onto the taxpayers. No, these people are not in ideal or admirable situations. However, they are taking the high road, which is more than we can say for many.

I do have one quibble with the woman whose goal it is to sell her eggs. Good luck with that. I actually was a four-time egg donor, and reputable places don't accept donors that aren't in stellar health, and don't have advanced degrees. They can and do conduct thorough background searches, and I'm not certain that this woman would pass them. She needs to investigate the lengthy commitment and process before broadcasting her intentions.
Haley

United States

#20 Mar 28, 2009
What an inspirational program! I applaud all those that are involved...the parents, children, and host families.
Ruth Ott

Chicago, IL

#21 Mar 28, 2009
I was hoping that this story, of all stories, would only inspire positive comments. There are the volunteers, unselfish people giving of themselves to help others. And there are the parents having the wisdom and humility to see that they need help to secure a stable sitatution for their children, and taking steps to do that. And thank goodness there are some positive comments.

Then there are the ugly judgmental comments that are so disheartening to read. I do hope none of those writers are Christians, because that attitude is simply not Biblical.

I am also disheartened by the comments of those who see in this story not cause for celebration, but rather, food for their bitter resentment of the federal government.

SIGH!

I want to say thank you to the volunteers who show such caring in a concrete way--much more work than writing nasty, anonymous posts on the Trib website. I also want to encourage the parents who are trying to do the right thing for their families. I would challenge those who show their hatred for the poor to find more a productive use of their time than trashing them on this website.

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