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Bernadette Adams -

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Society has a habit of reminding ...

I am Bernadette Adams (Phoenix – SA Got Talent 2016). Being an ex-offender is no easy feat. Although I have served my prison term, I found that I was still harshly judged by all and sundry after my release. Society has a habit of reminding an ex-offender constantly of the crimes committed. This is irrespective of having turned a leaf for the better.

I was consumed with guilt for failing myself and my family. My deeds and actions were contradictory to my upbringing and that gnawed at me; a pity it was a little too late. Besides having to deal with my own guilty feelings regarding my three beautiful children who were without a mother for two and a half years while I was incarcerated in an Italian prison for drug trafficking, society continued to judge and ostracize me after release.. It was also extremely difficult to obtain employment. Although I worked at other organizations after release, I just couldn’t find myself. My self confidence had hit rock bottom and I didn’t know how to dig myself out of the hole that was threatening to swallow me up.

Fortunately Prison Care and Support Network came to my rescue and offered me a job as an office administrator. I lacked confidence that often led to anger outbursts. PCSN staff was very patient with me and with time I realized that I needed to change my ways. It was a tough journey, however very rewarding. I can now hold my head high and pursue my dreams. Since I put my story out in the public domain when I entered SA Got Talent in 2016, many doors have opened for me. I have been on the straight and narrow now for eleven years and still going strong. I am eternally grateful to PCSN for taking an interest in me, not judging me, but rather inspiring me to give of my very best daily. My children are doing well and are well adjusted.

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