Should the government have the power to intervene and take you and your siblings away from your…
Morgan DelliQuadri

Yes, and thank goodness they did. It was an inadequate intervention, which is why I called my memoir, “When We Were At Your Mercy.” What they didn’t do was have enough funding to address the underlying reasoning why my parents were so poor: their mental illnesses. My father should have been assessed and treated for his schizoaffective disorder, especially as a veteran. My mother ended up being assessed, because she randomly went into a Catholic church (she has never been Catholic), and the priest sent her to a psychiatrist. The system was painfully slow in reacting to the situation, and didn’t have the resources it needed to make a decent assessment/intervention, but it started to make sure we had food, shelter, and other basic needs.

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