Love And Discrimination In Philadelphia

Townhall | 11/23/2018 | Staff
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Wayne and Sean were the answers to a girl named Brittany's prayers. Twenty-five years ago, as the 3-year-old granddaughter of a Philadelphian named Sharonell Fulton, Brittany watched children playing in the playground across from her grandmother's house. She longed for the same companionship.

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Brittany didn't know Wayne and Sean, two brothers, but their situation was nothing to envy. Living with their uncle and aunt, drug addiction and fighting were constant. The breaking point came when the uncle inadvertently threw boiling water on the boys during a fight with his wife. Both of the boys were rushed to the hospital with third-degree burns. They were 5 and 7 years old at the time. They were two of their biological mother's 12 children; she struggled with drugs and incarceration.

When the boys got out of the hospital, they were placed by Catholic Social Services with Fulton, Brittany's grandmother. Wayne stayed there until he was 19 years old. Fulton never sought to adopt the boys, and she welcomed the presence of their biological mother and father in their lives, arranging for visits with them and half-siblings and other relatives. In later years, the boys' parents would be welcome in Fulton's home for birthdays.

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"She believed that since we had parents, she was there to help in any way she could to keep us connected to them," Wayne told Andrea Picciotti-Bayer of the Catholic Association in an interview for an amicus brief for an ongoing case against the city of Philadelphia. "But at the same time, she would not let anything bad ever happen to us." Even when their parents were clean and sober, they felt that they had a home with Fulton. "I was happy with Meme," as they call her, he said. Wayne...
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