As a single adoptive mom, I realized early on that I needed someone to talk to. Someone who understood what I was going through and someone who understood what my son might feel. With the help of my mentor, I was able to navigate extremely stressful situations that I wouldn't have been able to do alone. My peer mentor was the only support I had, as all government supports were never available or did not exist. My peer mentor was my survival line and I am thankful every day that the mentor program exists.