Saturday, February 19, 2005

Mothers who yield custody

Just tossing this out and seeing if I get any response:

My sister struggles as the single mother of a nine-year-old special needs child who is autistic and has chronic emotional tantrums (including injuring my sister) every day, often more than once a day. Judy has decided to yield custody of her daughter to her ex-husband and seek work in another state since findng employment is very difficult where she lives (the daughter behaves relatively well with the ex-husband and everyone else and really only does the frequent melt-downs with Judy).

My sister is in great need of some support for her decision: specifically she'd like some role models. Does anyone know where I can find information about women who have yielded custody of their children and/or chosen not to raise them? I need to find such stories. Judy will, of course, still be in her daughter's life and see her regularly, but not as her full-time caretaker. I appreciate any help. Thanks.

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