ILSP-Transition to Adulthood
by Richard Bermack
In 1994 my mother passed away, and I was having
some difficulties with my lifestyle, says Fanisha. I was kind
of like from pillar to post, and home to home, not stable, and the system
took me in.
Barbara Bradshaw was my best social worker. Some social workers feel like they know what is best for you. Barbara did know what was best and helped me with my concerns. She pulled strings for me, and made things happen. She would return my calls. And nine times out of 10 she understood.
One of the most important things Bradshaw did for Fanisha was to locate her younger brothers and sisters, whom Fanisha had not seen since her mother died. I really missed them. I didnt have a picture of them. I didnt know much about them, and it is difficult to live your life like that, knowing there is a person in this world that is a part of your life that you dont get to be with, she says.
ILSP helped with parenting skills and how to manage money so that I can spend money on my son and make sure the bills are taken care of, Fanisha adds.