long beach >> Leslie May and her spouse, Anita, receive $2,400 a month in county assistance for their three adopted foster children, but that money may be cut by $900 if they refuse to medicate their children with psychotropic drugs.
The potential cut would hit the Long Beach couple hard. Leslie, 54, is a hospice nurse, but Anita, 52, has reduced her work hours as a licensed vocational nurse to less than part time so she can stay with the kids and home-school them. Anita’s cut in hours means the family income has dropped about 60 percent.
Their children, ages 9, 10 and 13, have been diagnosed with various behavioral disorders, and the drugs are aimed at treating them, though May doesn’t like the idea of putting the kids on drugs. She would prefer more emphasis on therapies dealing with attachment disorders.