Rickey is 24-years-old and lives in McDonough, Georgia with his grandmother, Donna Armstrong and two younger brothers, Reginald and Donald. At the time when Ms. Armstrong became the children’s legal guardian 24 years ago she had been in a relationship and was getting ready to get married.
“He had been there all this time, while the babies had been born. But as soon as I got custody of them, it was a different thing. So when he left it was just me and those babies, no job, no income, no transportation, no nothing, just me and the babies. I couldn’t work because there was no one I could trust to watch them. So I had to wait for federal assistance, welfare and food stamps to kick in. That was the lowest part of my life. Knowing that I had the responsibility for those kids and seeing no resources coming.”
Donna (Rickey's grandmother)