My name is Imani and I am the single parent of five children from the ages of two to twelve. Steven was my oldest and I had just moved into the projects. He started hanging out with the project youth. One day, I got a call that he had been locked up for breaking into Kmart and he was being held in the Philadelphia Youth Study Center. A few weeks later, he called to tell me he saw a boy being raped. Shortly after that, he had a court hearing, and I made a very hard decision to send him away.
He was sent to a residential treatment facility inaccessible to me by public transportation. The lawyer did not want him to go away since he had never been in trouble before. I was concerned about his safety, and I did not want him hanging with his project pals. He spent a year at a residential treatment center and finished the eighth grade. After a year, he was released without my knowledge, and I was dismayed that I was not alerted about him returning home.
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