While the government provides social services to adults with mental illnesses and children with behavioral problems, Michael and Susan want people to know that there are few options for children with mental illnesses.
"The Department of Mental Health wanted to send her to an out-of-state residential facility, and we wouldn't allow that because she was only 6 years old at the time," Michael says. "We want her in our lives. We love her."
Michael and Susan also want to encourage people to be empathetic toward children like Jani. "The goal is to keep kids like Jani and Becca alive, and the way that we have to do that is to try and make their lives as happy as possible," Michael says. "Now, this doesn't mean giving them everything that they want, but it means not judging them for what they can't control."