Though it is difficult to consider, many of the children who come to Mercy Home come from difficult home situations, far too often involving abuse and neglect. Not only do these precious children have to deal with this type of suffering, but they also tend to bear far more responsibilities than any kid should ever have to deal with. This was the cruel reality for Adam.
Adam grew up in a suburban town with his parents and two younger sisters. At the age of 8, Adam’s mother passed away. This caused his father to turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism, leaving nearly all the household responsibilities for Adam to handle. He had to shop for groceries, clean the house, prepare meals for the family, and help his sisters with homework, all on his own.
On top of all that, Adam also had to protect his sisters and himself from their father’s verbal abuse. His father was almost always intoxicated and constantly blamed the kids for any little thing that went wrong. Adam did all he could to prevent the abuse from further damaging his family, but he had so little power to get his father’s behavior under control.
Adam’s struggles followed him outside of his home. He used to love school, but as the problems mounted at home, it felt less and less important. Not to mention that his many household responsibilities left him exhausted, and his grades suffered as a result. He would even fall asleep during class at times, and both teachers and other students began to think that Adam was just becoming a lazy student. Despite all of this, school was Adam’s opportunity to escape his toxic home life, and he cherished every moment of it.