Thank you. I’ve done my best to put myself in bio-father’s shoes. Sometimes I wonder if people realize that recovery takes place for families who are affected by addicts similar to an addict who faces recovery. It’s a long haul. I’ve been affected by it one way or another for over two decades. I’m not sure where I get the strength or the will.

I’ll always do whatever I can to help my daughter. I will always do whatever I have to in order to keep her safe. Petitioning her is as drastic and desperate as a parent can get. I think she realizes this now.

Thank you for reading.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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