On the bulletin board of the Washington, D.C. unit that searches for parents of abandoned and neglected children are “notes of despair,” reports the Washington Post.
UNKNOWN FATHER, you have a 6-month-old girl who was born HIV-positive with cocaine in her veins. Her mother has abandoned her. The people in whose care she was left had no idea, for days, how to give her the “several medications” required to treat her HIV.
UNKNOWN FATHER, you have a newborn son whose schizophrenic mother ditched him at the hospital and moved into a Travelodge in Northeast. She told the social worker who found her: The baby’s father was ” ‘Nino’ from ‘the Bronx’ who was ‘not dark’ and who could be reached by contacting ‘Chief Ramsey.’ ”
UNKNOWN FATHER, you have a 1-week-old daughter. UNKNOWN FATHER, you have a 13-year-old son. UNKNOWN FATHER, you have a newborn whose mother has six other children; none of them lives with her. UNKNOWN FATHER, your 1-year-old has been found with an ankle burn and such hunger pains that when she was finally fed, she did not stop to chew. UNKNOWN FATHER, your child’s mother has told social workers she “has problems remembering where she leaves her baby.”
If the mother provides a name, the father usually can be found. But some say they don’t know who’s the father or never knew his last name.