A recent article featured a man proudly stating that he would never give up his teens, that he would courageously fight to keep his kids on the straight and narrow. The article continues on to discuss how one family sent a trouble teen to a therapeutic wilderness program, which has helped the child tremendously.
I am glad that these two families found they had the resources - emotional, mental and financial - to navigate the teen years. Additionally, I would bet that those teens weren't born addicted to drugs. I would assume that there was always plenty of food on the table for these kids. I'm guessing that there was very little (if any) physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse perpetrated on these developing children. Perhaps these parents had more than a high school education, and had ideas about how to parent in a positive way throughout that child's life. Unfortunately, these statements don't apply to all families.
I don't think that these parents who "abandoned" their teens are necessarily neglectful parents. Having seen first-hand how difficult it can be to get adequate services for a child who needs it, I understand that parent's desperation. We need to do better for these parents. I hope that Nebraska, and every state, will look at their child protective services to see what can be done for these families that are on the brink. They are hurting - parents and teens alike - and as a society we must find a way to help.