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PAYH Part 5 "Divorce Devestates Kids"
Thursday, 03 December 2009

December 3--  Officials at the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia say that over half of the home's residents have parents who are divorced.

One 18-year-old resident says his parent's divorce impacted his relationship with both his mother and father.

"It was really hard for me to build a relationship with both my Dad and my Mom because my Dad wasn't really in my life because I would only go and see him on the weekend.  My Mom was in my life, but I had a stepdad, and for them to try and discipline me it made me rebel against them," he remembers.  "It was hard for me to take them seriously," he says.

The problems at home led to problems outside the home and by the time he was sixteen, he was in trouble with the law.

"I started smoking (marijuana) at age 13 and then from there to support getting weed, I started breaking into houses.  Then it started being an adrelaine rush to do something stupid and wild.  It was only a matter of time before I was going to get caught, but I didn't care at the time.  My parents weren't communicating at all and it made me feel like they didn't realy care," he says.

He credits the nearly two years at the Paul Anderson Youth Home with saving his life.  He's obtained his GED and is going to welding school for a job he's already been promised when he graduates.



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