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Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


  1. Religious radicalism is a big problem in many homes, along with other behavior. But if you take the children, where do you put them, and how do you justify tearing them away from people they either love or have some love for?

    Somewhere in the past I read about a “Foster Grandparents” program in Colorado. Mature couples, after training, adopted , in the role of “grandparents,”young single women with abusive tendencies. The genius of the program was that the grandparents were there to support the mother emotionally, and getting involved in practical ways (babysitting, showing how to cook nutritious meals, showing mom how to read to the kids, etc.) By their paying attention and supporting the mother, her treatment of the kids increased improved.

    Stressed or confused parents need people to be therein the home for them to SHOW them a better way. Wouldn’t it be great if London were to recruit religiously observant couples for a similar program?

    The Colorado foster grandparents reminded me of a program I witnessed in the South Bronx when I was growing up, the Visiting Nurse program. Nurses would come into the homes of at-risk new mothers, help out and teach in practical ways, and recruit neighbors to be helpers too. The help of the neighbors would continue after the nine month or so visits of the Nurse. As a result my mother became an “aunt” to about five young mothers (I was the youngest, my mother in her 40’s when I was born.)

    We need a national version of the Visiting Nurses program.