The Poem Give Thanks by Sandra Maria Esteves

1462 Words Jul 13th, 2018 6 Pages
A mother is the first touch, voice and sight a baby has when he or she is born. They rely on their mother to provide them with a safe environment, food and comfort. Being a mother comes with great responsibility and a life long job that the work gets harder every day. Although I myself am not a mother, I have seen this job played out from my own mother who provides her children with a great life. Some mothers are not ready for this job, yet selfishly still choose to keep their children because they are too proud to allow someone else provide their baby with the life they deserve. Child abandonment is a ever rising epidemic not only in The United States, but all around the world. Child abandonment affects the mother, but more importantly, …show more content…
A way a child could be abandoned is if the baby is left on a doorstep of a stranger or a church. Leaving a child at a church is very common and they will eventually be reported to the police. From there the child will most likely be brought to a foster home where they will further place the child with a family who will protect and love the child like their own. The parent or the person legally in charge of taking care of the child will be found and face serious criminal charges. The criminal charges would include abandonment and endangering a child. The effects this abandonment has on a child are ever lasting and may not go away with therapy or being adopted. According to the article "The Neglect Of Child Neglect: A Meta-Analytic Review Of The Prevalence Of Neglect" it states, “Infancy is recognized as the period between the second postnatal month and two years, previous to the mid- childhood. In humans the period is extremely sensitive to maternal investment mother dependence for survival, and is characterized by rapid neural growth” (Stoltenborgh, Bakermans-Kranenburg, Ijzendoorn). The child develops neurological damage due to being left by the person who was supposed to care and protect them throughout their life. Sandra Maria Esteves shows what a healthy living condition for a child should be like. She goes on to list the roles of a mother and the experiences a child gets to live through while bonding with the mother. It is a
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