Hoosier Hills PACT: Amanda

Amanda originally came to our agency with her boyfriend Roger. The couple was homeless. Further details revealed that Amanda was eighteen years old and Roger was thirty-seven. They were not married, but Roger had been married twice before and we later learned that he was actually still married to his second wife.

Upon the first meeting with the couple, it was obvious that Roger was very controlling and manipulating. Amanda never spoke and Roger was doing all the talking. They came to our office seeking information on housing and from there the rest of the story unfolded. Amanda was eight months pregnant with her first child and was not prepared for becoming a mother.

Our office began to dig deeper into the story and we found that Roger was a convicted child molester, who had molested his own two young daughters. We became increasingly alarmed over this situation. They returned to our office several times over the next few weeks to use the phone or to get additional information. We also suspected that they were trying to find a place where they could spend some time and keep warm. During this time, Amanda’s sister, Amy, made several phone calls to our agency on Amanda’s behalf. The baby, a girl, was born shortly before Christmas. Amy called asking for help to get the baby some items. The couple had nothing for the newborn. Our agency provided them with an assortment of baby items including, sleepers, diapers, undershirts, socks, bottles, bath items, a winter coat, etc…

Over the next two weeks we were told by Amy that the couple was still homeless and were moving around often and staying with anyone who would take them in. Amy called on one occasion and said that the couple had moved in with her and her family. This was not a viable solution for the couple because Amy already shared a two bedroom house with her parents, two brothers, another sister, and her daughter. They only have a tow bedroom house this arrangement only lasted six days when an argument concerning the baby’s health arose. The baby became ill and Roger would not allow the family to take the baby to the doctor.

Amy called the next day distraught over the situation. She felt the baby was too ill to be moved around and the place they had gone to was not suitable for a baby. Amy was also concerned about Roger’s previous child molesting charges. We encouraged Amy to notify Child Protective Services about the couple and our office also made a call to CPS.