Children affected by abuse, drugs, or crime can overcome their circumstances... But someone has to step in and help them.
Experts waver on whether a child growing up in crime can overcome, and most say it all depends on when or if they get help.
Lt. Eric Bohanhon, Commander of Narcotics for The Amarillo Police Department says, "Some kids get the help they need and maybe are taken away from that environment. But yes, I have seen families that we've dealt with their mom and dad when they were little kids and now they are of age, adults their own selves and now we are dealing with them."
Experts say children who spend their entire childhood around illegal activity may never be able to overcome it.
Captain Kurt Ecker with the Amarillo Fire Department says, "We really believe that they have no chance, really. Deep down you will probably get a lot of people who think they can save these kids, but deep down, their life, for a lot of them, is set for them. Will some come out of it sure, but their chance of succeeding in life are pretty limited."
Even those who do get help... Still are not guaranteed a better life.
Greg Cunningham with Child Protective Services says, "It's true that a child that has been removed due to abuse, who goes to foster care and doesn't get adopted, there have been studies that they do worse in life in just about every category you can imagine, teen pregnancy, drug use, incarceration in these kind of things but it isn't a 100% by any stretch... It's still a small percentage."
For the children who are reported to police or social workers, those people do all they can to ensure these children can achieve their dreams.
Cunningham says, "There are programs now for kids that are turning 18, we are trying to get them to transition to college and try and get them set up in a new apartment, and make sure they are going to have a better life."