Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Amber Portwood Update Jan. 2013

Everything has been quiet in the media with Amber Portwood. I suppose there isn't much to say, she is living behind bars and getting by. She recently finished all of her drug rehab requirements while in Prison. She even moved to director of one of the programs! 


Gary updated recently via twitter saying that Leah has talked to Amber on the phone and that Amber is doing well. To my knowledge Leah still has not been to the prison to see her mom. Whether or not that is a good thing is to be determined, but at least they have still maintained a relationship via telephone. 

Amber is said to be working on a book about her life and hopes that when she is released (possibly next year) she can help other young mothers who have gone through similar struggles to her own.

Updated!
Thanks to a detailed report from Amber's brother Shawn, I've learned that Amber is well on her way to taking her GED test. She is focusing on a career and what she will do outside of prison. Right now she has a job inside the prison where she is a supervisor and getting along well with her co-workers.
Shawn also says that as long as Amber stays on this positive track she could be out of prison in a matter of months! I look forward to seeing her get out and do the right things for her daughter. :) 

37 comments:

  1. He needs to let Leah see her mother.

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    1. gary has always been an ass to and tried everything to keep them apart.. she is an amazing mother and person... everyone makes mistakes and he deserves to be smacked sometimes hell id throw him out the door and make him provide with a real job... she doin great and im proud of her.. keepit up grl ur lil one needs ya <3 from one mom to another

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    2. Are you dumb. Amber is a horrible mother. She has no motherly instincts or qualities. Yes everyone makes mistakes but everyone doesn't neglect their child. Gary is protecting his daughter and I don't blame him, she would do the same if the situation was reversed. Get a clue for goodness sakes.

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    3. Gary is a good dad protecting his baby girl now Amber is a dumb chick so now she thinks cause shes been in jail she has changed no! once shes out and back with her friends she'll be back to her old ways

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    4. ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!

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    5. Amber made some bad choices and now shes paying for those choices! Shes old enough now to act like a mother and quit the poor me act! If she gave half the attention to her baby girl as what she does to herself she might get her act together. Grow up Amber and quit being so freakin needy! You had a mother, don't u think that little baby girl deserves the same? And I hope Gary moves on and can find someone who deserves a good man. He sure hit the bottom of the barrel with needy, greedy amber! Thank God for fathers like Gary! The ones who carry all the burdens and are mature enough to know your kids come first!

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    6. Yeah are u nuts..She is as bad as that Janelle Evans..She is a horrible horrible mother..Thank God for Gary..He is smart not to let Leah see her..

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  2. i dont think that leah should see her mom while she is serving time. i dont find that very smart nor healthy for the child. she knows her mommy and loves her mommy so talking on the phone is better then taking your kid inside a PRISON OR JAIL to visit their mommy. why upset the little girl ?? she will cry knowing she cannot take her mommy home with her as she is young

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    1. In the mental health world, they disagree with this idea. It makes sense why you and others think this way... seems like a bad environment and it's gonna be hard for the child when they leave. But overall it's very important for a childs development visit an incarcerated parent, especially when they are that young. Yes it will hurt Leah to leave but that's nothing compared to the long term damage it will do to not physically see her mother. They need to know and understand that their parent did not abandon them and physical presence makes that difference. Prisons encourage children visiting their incarcerated parents and that's why they create a good environment for kids to come too. There are toys, and books in a special childrens area in Amber's particular institution. There's a playground as well. It's not like she's gonna be hanging out in a room with a bunch of bad people.

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    2. as a reply to u it isnt ur place as a parent or a child.... she is doin great for her daughter and as a mom i would wanna show my daughter or my son that im doing something positive for them am and im so happy to see them. so be smart and not so dam negative

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  3. Gary has made it pretty obvious the he doesn't want amber to be a part of leahs life. He's selfish now just as he has always been. If it wern't for the media attention leah wouldn't even be able to speak to her on the phone. The prisons have areas available for the kids to come visit where its not like a prison. Its just a play area or a nice living room type area. The point is to not punish the child for the parents mistake.

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  4. I think they should let Leah see her mom. Yeah she has messed up ALOT however I think its in the best intrest not just for child but for mom as well. phone calls only last so long. Gary needs to really rethink his parenting skills.... And now that Amber has been in there awhile i think its good she knows whats going on. Leah is 4 or 5. She is old enought to understand that mommy made a mistake and has to pay for it now. My son would totaly understand. not that i plan on going to jail but im just saying

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    1. now an adult when i was leah's age i was made to go see my father in prison in michigan and it was extremely traumatizing so i agree with gary's decision to not bring leah to the prison maybe if i didnt have my experience I would think differently but i did go through it and after my experience i will never support bringing children into jails or prisons

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  5. I agree that Gary should let Leah see her mom, but most prisons in Indiana do not allow children to make visits even if the other parent/gurdian is with the child. I know from experience...it sucks

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    1. idk where u got ur info.. but ALL the prisions in Indiana let children visit.. the execptions is sex offenders.. then there r stipulations.. and womens prisions have toys and lil area's for the women and kids to play

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  6. Even on the show Gary often used Leah as a way to hurt and manipulate Amber; he would prevent her from seeing her, he'd refuse to bring her, and I think there was that episode where he sent Amber a picture of Leah's birthday party that Amber couldn't attend. Yes, there was that court order that kept Gary and Amber apart from each other, but he still should have done more. I agree that Amber was not the best mother to her daughter, and she definitely was not a good girlfriend to Gary. But although he has done the right thing by stepping in to take care of Leah, it's ridiculous that he keeps coming up with "excuses" not to take Leah to visit Amber. I wouldn't be surprised if he uses Amber's prison record as an excuse to keep her away from Leah when she gets released.

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  7. I really hope the best for all the teen Mom girls....

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  8. i think the people calling gary selfish are forgetting that amber PHYSICALLY ABUSED him and took drugs. she seems to be doing better, and that's great! gary has his faults and they have a toxic relationship, but gary is trying to do what's best for their child. maybe amber thinks it's best for leah not to come see her? if he were trying to keep amber away, he wouldn't allow contact with her at all while in prison.

    if gary had been the one to hit amber, i think you all would have a different view on things.

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    1. She hit gary. Not leah. And gary was more mentally abusive than amber ever was physically. Gary is so petty and spiteful. He has always used leah to hurt amber. Anyone else remember the episode when gary called amber calling her a bad mom cause leahs legs were scratched and her clothes we're a little dirty. Amber took her to the park and let her play and according to him that makes her a bad mom. They had a toxic relationship and I think gary is going to make leah suffer from it as long as he can. I truly hope that amber gets custody after she gets out because I do 't think gary will allow leah to have a relationship with her mom if she stays with him.

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  9. Amber needs Leah and Leah needs Amber. However i'm very proud of her, she needed to take care of herself. I just hope the better for Amber.

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  10. I think everybody makes mistakes in parenting. Whether or not Leah should see her mother while in prison is a parenting decision and I imagine it hasn't been as easy as many of you assume. Leah is not YOUR daughter. Each child is different and you can't pretend that what would work or would be best for one child would be the same for another. Maybe you should try to think positively that he's doing what HE believes is best for HIS daughter. If I were Amber, hell yeah, I'd want to see my daughter. However, I don't know if it's what I would believe would be best for her. My daughter has a melt down if we're all at the store together and her father starts pushing the shopping cart while I'm stopped to look at something. She thinks he's taking her away from me and she's the same age as Leah. I can't imagine what it would do to her in the long run if I was locked up and she was allowed to visit me and then taken home, away from me every time. But again, that's MY daughter. You have to judge this delicate situations differently for each child's personality.

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    1. Thank you! Everyone is judging Gary or Amber on this, and don't know why the decision was made, or know Leah personally to know how she would handle it. My son is the same age as Leah, and damn near has a heart attack if my husband works late and I put him to bed and he does not get to see him ONE day. I can't even imagine how he would handle it knowing he was not going to see him for a long time in between visits.

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  11. i wish Amber the best, she has come a long way! it sounded crazy at first that she went to prison, but now i see that she made a mature, wise decision. and she's doing way better than before, hope she can manage to stay clean & sober when out of jail, and work things out with Gary. they at least need to be on the same page.

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  12. I'm not going to judge anyone for not bringing Leah to the prison to see her mother, because I have NO idea how Leah would handle that. Kids are SO different, and Leah's always seemed like a very sensitive little girl. I just can't bring myself to make the judgement that she SHOULD be going to the prison to visit Amber. As long as they're having the connection in some way shape or form (in this case, the phone) so that Leah doesn't forget Amber exists, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt that they're doing what they believe to be the best thing.

    I'm so happy that Amber made the decision to go to prison. I honestly don't think she'd be alive today had she not made that choice. I wish her nothing but the best, truly.

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  13. I never thought I'd see the day where I had hope (again) for Amber Portwood!

    But her brother, in the past, has said that Amber is doing better, etc, and it turned out to be untrue. So this is still a wait and see situation.

    I hope Amber can make better choices, on an on-going basis, but seeing will be believing when it comes to her. It is one thing to do it in prison, and another things to get it together (and keep it together) on the outside.

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  14. You people that are putting down the father for not taking the baby girl to jail to see her mom - are full of it. Any responsible adult that has children can see that he wants what is best for his daughter, and his troubled mother needs to get better before being brought back into her life. This little girl will have to deal with Amber the rest of her life, better to have a healthy Amber than a crazy drug addicted Amber. Gary should keep the child away until he knwos Amber can be trusted and there for her daughter.

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  15. I cannot believe all of the people on here saying that Gary is bad and does all of these bad things!!! Shame on you all! Open your eyes people! Re-watch the seasons if you have to! Gary is one of the best young dads that I have ever seen. He loves Leah and cares for her and has always been there for her! Leah's mommy is the one that was always leaving her! You people are stupid. Amber was constantly losing her temper with Leah and being violent and using fowl language in front of her as well. Amber is the manipulative one, she was all of the time being nasty and violent then trying to blame everyone and everything but herself! According to Amber she is ALWAYS the "victim". I am shocked so many of you were gullible enough to fall for her charades! Yes, Gary made some immature choices but those were few and far between. He mainly made those bad choices in response to being hurt emotionally by Amber (which appears to have been one of her favorite past-times besides getting drunk, doing drugs and hitting him). Really people, wake up! TEAM GARY!!!

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    1. Gary did often make hurtful comments like 'they're not going to take Leah away from ME just you'. He'd always say petty things to get a rise out of Amber. He'd often use Leah as a tool against Amber and did the minimum to bring her around if it didn't benefit him or if he was angry with Amber.

      I'm not saying Amber was a great person herself, together they were toxic and she at least realised that. Gary couldn't understand that. They were both horrible people but I didn't see either mistreating their daughter. I did witness only Gary using Leah as a tool against Amber. Never vice versa.

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  16. bitch needs to hang her self with her big ass underwear... shell be shooting heroin with Janelle when she comes out anyways ...I could promise that if I saw any of these teen mom sluts I'd back hand them like they deserve....and their bitch ass bf's

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  17. ....she can write?

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  18. Gary seemed lazy, unwilling to work and definately hard to live with. How is he doing the best for leah when he is fat, unmotivated and annoying. Leah would benefit from talking to Amber on the phone, writing letters, sending pictures and recieving all the same from Amber - I don't personally know if going to prison to see your mother is healthy but like many of you have said it probably depends on the child. Good luck Amber and Leah! Amber you will be a stronger, more amazing mother after all of these experiences - get rid of Gary and be the motivation for your daughter.

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  19. MTV is to blame for all these girls train wreck. Their isn't one successful "teen mom" on mtv.

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  20. from someone who has had a loved one in jail, with leah's young age how would you explain to her that she can't touch or hug her mommy, that her mom is in the next room looking through a window holding a telophone and all she will want to do is touch her, it would break both amber and the babies heart. if he is letting them speak on the phone it will keep her from forgetting her mommy, amber has a lot of potential and I hope when she gets out she can have the reunion with her daughter she has been waiting so long for.

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  21. Why the fuck does she need to write a book about her life?! We all watched it on national fucking T.V. DUMB BITCH!!!

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  22. your amazing amber! keep your chin up babe, at least you only have one unlike gary! leah will have her mommy back soon and you can give her snuggles. wish you well <3

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  23. You all need to grow up. You don't KNOW these people. You only see tidbits of film...which by the way is cut and made into a show. You don't know truly what happened or who these people truly ARE!!

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  24. Damn! Everybody has an opinion lol jus blows me away how judgemental some of you are. Lmao at you all

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