The court had given me six months to prove I was a responsible adult and a fit mother. ‘But how am I supposed to do that?’ I wanted to know. ‘How am I supposed to prove I’m any kind of mother if they take Luke away?’ ‘Catch-22,’ Billy said, like that explained it. Billy was no help. Lu…
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