I Grew Up On Welfare

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    Welfare As a Child

    as a child, my father went bankrupt, which lasted for 13 yrs .... well as i hit my later teenage yrs, he had built his credit back up, and now is 'on top of the world' u could say. hes' a retired (disabled) supervisor of maintenance of a zinc/aluminum foundry, adopted a child...
    Slippry Slippry
    31-35, M
    Oct 7, 2008

    Not Really

    they really did not even have it where i lived but that was a long time ago where i grew up and when i grew upif you did not have a jobe you did not want one really we had people thatnned help and lack of workers i started working very youg picking strawberrys the when to work...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    Sep 28, 2011

    Me Too

    not my entire childhood but from 14 till i was about 19. first my mother had to go on welfare when my dad left she had two kids to support and daddy dearest didn't see fit to pay his child support so mom had no choice. I was old enough to understand our financial situation so i...
    ihaveanameitsrick ihaveanameitsrick
    46-50, M
    15 Responses Oct 7, 2008

    Welfare Shaming...

    My father was not a bad person, but very traumatized. He recently passed away from a brutal form of Cancer... My mother was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 15, but her illness fully manifested when i was about 3. My father tried to get her help, but she...
    FallingIn FallingIn
    36-40, M
    Jul 18, 2013

    Technically, I Think

    My parents raised me on the pension from about 5 years old onwards. Dad got his outright, the out fashioned way by being old lol. But mum got the carers pension for looking after dad. It was mostly ok, we always had enough to eat and the power was always on. They would say...
    sugarburn sugarburn
    22-25, F
    Oct 7, 2008

    Welfare Kid

    I hesitated to write in this one for a long time, since many people consider it almost taboo to talk about. I grew up on welfare. It was the usual father beats mother up, mother tries to get rid of father, but can't, because he keeps coming back and begging forgiveness. Mother...
    IanMatthew IanMatthew
    56-60, M
    10 Responses Nov 20, 2010

    So True!

    My family was on welfare for my whole life. My dad was/ is a prescription drug addict who is permanently disabled, and my mom was way too young to be having kids when she did (she probably still isn't mature enough to handle it). We were on welfare from my earliest memory all the...
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    6 Responses Sep 29, 2010
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