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Margaret Glasser had been a social worker for twenty years supporting vulnerable individuals and families through difficult times and safeguarding them from harm. Ultimately, she saw her role as improving outcomes in people’s lives by guiding and advocating for them using all the available resources in the social care network.
In recent years she’d focused her specialty on adoptions but rarely was a client assigned to her that didn’t come with extenuating circumstances that pulled her into other relational dynamics besides placing the child or children in a good home. Such was the case with Marci Dickerson.
She opened the file and read through the particulars. Female, Caucasian, born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada, age 22, single, high school graduate, currently attending community college part-time. Works full-time as a waitress. Lives in Las Vegas with her mother and stepfather Kathy and Paul Gibson and her two sons five-year-old Jason and three-year-old Michael. No father listed for either boy. Only child. Parents divorced when she was 17. Father Robert ‘Bob’ Dickerson and his second wife Mindy live in Reno Nevada. Only other relative Bob’s sister Stella Simpson; lives in Boulder City, Nevada. Socioeconomic status lower middle class.
Six and a half months pregnant with a boy. Baby’s father is African American; otherwise no details listed. Reasons for adoption: Pragmatic decision based on finances; lack of support system to bring a third child into the home environment; the right thing to do in order to give the baby the best chance for a great life with a family that would love and accept him unconditionally.
What wasn’t written in the file is that even though Marci would have chosen adoption simply because she couldn’t afford another child the fact that the Gibson’s would never accept a biracial grandchild and would likely disown her had they known she’d been intimate with an African American man was very much at the forefront of her decision. If that wasn’t enough to cause a rift in the family the situation was exacerbated when Marci defied her parents and chose an interracial lesbian couple to adopt the baby.
Maggie listened compassionately as Marci recounted her parent’s hostility upon meeting Elizabeth and Christina Kennard-Porter for the first time.