Hi all. If you follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been around as much as usual. And I’m sorry about that! Really, I am. I love producing honest, relatable content that helps other mamas with PTSD feel human, and which keeps me connected to the world at large. But with everything going on in my life, I’ve had to privilege paid work over blogging. I’ll link a few of my recent stories that I’m most proud of at the bottom of this post, so you can see that I haven’t been doing nothing. But as the year comes to a close, I want to offer you a way to keep Betty’s Battleground going. By asking you to support the blog through Patreon. Let’s keep ‘er alive…
It doesn’t have to be a lot! But if you can become a sponsor by pledging a monthly donation, I can pledge to write more regularly on the blog. It will probably take a while (or quite a few large sponsors) to get back up to three posts a week…but how does one post a week sound for a start? If I can get $400/month in donations, that will make one post a week feasible while I try to get my kids back. Can you help meet that goal? I know it’s super lofty…but even if we only reach part of it, it will help me get some monthly posts going. And don’t worry: these will be substantive, research-backed posts chock full of the same heart and honesty you’re used to.
If you’re not up to speed, I am working to get my daughters back from child services. Florida has the longest-running child abuse hotline in the country, which means they’ve been taking kiddos from their parents longer than any other state. Florida has the sixth highest maltreatment referral rate in the country–meaning if you’re a poor parent in Florida, you’re more likely than not to become child welfare involved. Their child removal rate is also higher than the national average–in part because they use a janky combination of predicative analytics research results combined with human judgement to determine abuse cases. Broward County in particular–which is where I live–was recently discovered to have a 90% over-referral rate, with at least 40% of court-referred cases (typically meaning children were removed from their homes) to have been treated over-zealously. The same study also found that over-zealous child welfare involvement was more harmful than no involvement at all. That’s the system I’m stuck in. That’s what I’m up against.
My husband is still recovering from his psychotic break. He is not working, he shouldn’t have to be working, but we honestly cannot afford for him not to work. We were both recently ordered to pay $200/month in child support. Something his parents didn’t even need from us…until his father had his own serious medical emergency for which he’s been hospitalized for a week now and counting. I also have to pay monthly rent, utilities, transportation, and the cost of furnishing our home–we’re starting from scratch, which is why I published a wishlist a while back asking for help with household items (right now there are also a bunch of toys for my kids so my elderly family members don’t have to try to remember what little kids like this Christmas). Many of you helped us with that, and now our apartment is actually a decently comfortable place to be! But we still need to furnish our kids’ room and finish the rest of the place, so if you’d like to, and can, help that way, we are absolutely happy to accept. But this post is really about Patreon–because it’s not *just* a gift. I can actually give you something back.
If you folks are able to help blogging bring in some income, I can justify dedicating time to crafting relevant, consistent posts about PTSD, addiction, social justice, drug policy, and parenting with a mental illness. It’s not that I don’t think writing for this blog is worthwhile without money…I did it for a year just for fun and I love you for supporting it with your readership! I just have so many crushing expenses right now that I really can’t write consistently unless it becomes part of my paid work.
So check out the Patreon levels, share it with your mental health/addiction/parenting enthusiast friends, and let’s see if we can get this armory of words back up and running! The URL is www.patreon.com/bettysbattleground