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TN Parenting Organization Urges Support for Octuplets

February 24, 2009

Nashville, TN – Don't punish the babies. The California octuplets shouldn't suffer for their mother's poor judgment, says a Nashville-based group, Attachment Parenting International. It agrees with the woman's father, Ed Droud, who will be a guest on today's "Oprah" show.

Barbara Nicholson, president of the group, says the grandfather of the octuplets is right when he asks society to embrace the children and realize their mother, Nadya Suleman, must have assistance with her family despite her "irresponsible behavior."

"This mother is going to need a lot of extended family, friends and community members to rally around her."

A recent national survey by AARP found that a solid majority of those asked were unsympathetic toward the octuplets' mother and her situation. They also do not think the estimated $1-million-a-year cost of caring for the family should be the responsibility of taxpayers, the report said.

The greatest risk for the octuplets is what Nicholson calls "caregiver roulette," she says, where people responsible for children in their first years of life keep changing.

"The biggest concern is who will be there for those children on a daily basis."

A California-based nonprofit, Angels in Waiting, estimates it would cost about $135,000 a month to provide the 12 caretakers necessary for the children, and says the parents don't have a budget large enough for that.

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN