What would Lamonts childhood have been like if he was adopted by Alicia Fils-Aime?

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It is interesting to imagine what would have been of "Bobby" Lamont if he had been adopted by Mrs. Alicia Fils-Aime. If she had been a single mother he would have been quite loved and nurtured. The only problem that Alicia Fils-Aime has is her obtrusive, overpowering, and fastidious husband. The more she tries to get away from his co-dependent self, the more he seems to try to get her.

Moreover, we know that Alicia did everything in her power to remove herself physically from her husband, and seek a divorce. She knew that Lamont may have not been safe with him around. However, the only reason why she could not adopt him is because at the time this story occurs, it is ideal that children are adopted by a married couple.

The social stigma placed upon divorce, the financial hardships that often come as a result of it, and the stress of the entire situation made it nearly impossible for Alicia to adopt Lamont. We know, however, that she adores him. She waits years to see Lamont again and she had kept all the things they made together when he was little. She reassured him that he is a good boy, that she loves him, and that she wants to remain a part of his life.

The problem in this story shows how government agencies wrongly place children, hide truths, and follow a bureaucracy that does not work in the best interest of the child. In this case, Lamont was more damaged by the system than by his own mother. It is difficult for Lamont to experience any feeling other than anger. The joy that Alicia's visit produces in him is hard for him to express verbally or emotionally. Certainly, it would have been a blessing for Lamont if he had been adopted by Alicia. That would have been his saving grace.

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The Lost Children of Wilder

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