FASD

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

'Sniff mom' shares new life

  • Print

The woman known as "the sniff mom" who made national headlines more than a decade ago is reassuring pregnant teens not to worry, everything happens for a reason.

"Not everyone here will have an easy life," Miss G told a teen parenting group at a North End church.

They'd just watched a video showing her 15 years ago, pregnant and wrecked on sniffing glue, in a court battle with child welfare authorities who wanted her ordered into treatment for the sake of her unborn child. Child and Family Services told her the baby she was carrying would end up "a vegetable in a wheelchair."

Now, sober and religious with her healthy 14-year-old son at her side, she came to share her story of hope with young expectant mothers.

"God always prepares something good," she told them and their volunteer mentors at the program run by Youth for Christ.

Miss G told them about being threatened by johns when she was an addict working the streets and about abusive relationships with some of the fathers of the five kids she's now raising as a single parent. She sobbed when she spoke about her mom's death when she was just 11 and never being close to her dad and 10 siblings. Miss G said she missed out on learning important life skills.

"I had no support."

But there is hope for the girls listening. This teen parenting program aims to provide support to help these young mothers continue with their studies and succeed in life, the kind of support Miss G never had, said program director Sherri Miller.

For Miss G, the sharing was part of her healing. For the pregnant teens, it was one more voice encouraging them. The teen parenting group has run for 10 years, generally meeting weekly during the school year, where the young women learn about budgeting, cooking and parenting.

carol.sanders@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 18, 2011 J5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Glenn January won't blame offensive line for first loss

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • June 25, 2013 - 130625  -  A storm lit up Winnipeg Tuesday, June 25, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press - lightning
  • Aerial view of Portage and Main, The Esplanade Riel, Provencher Bridge over the Red River, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Forks near the Assiniboine River, October 21st, 2011. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) CMHR

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will higher pork prices change your grocery-shopping habits?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google