The children in these families are subject to maternal deprivation and severe disruptions in their attachments. They have difficulties of separation and in overall functioning. These problems are evident and again play out in a lack of ability to function in school and a lack of interest in learning, starting at a young age. These early traumas lead to despair and rage. Boredom and the inability to connect with any positive identification lead to risk taking, drug use, alcohol consumption, and extreme sexual promiscuity. Many of the characters in Random Family are desperate for a positive connection with any person, activity, or substance. They are without internalized skills for self-soothing or self-reflecting, and they have lost the ability to trust and engage with the broader culture. Criminal behavior, domestic violence as culture, prison culture and gang life, and drug and alcohol abuse all too clearly become substitutes for more stable living. LeBlanc makes this all come alive—the striving of real people trying desperately to make life work, to make connections, and to have something material and positive happen. Her characters suffer greatly. They are also passionate and full of life.