“Your children are your report card,” licensed clinician Dr. Angela Moses told the Amsterdam News. The author of “The Joy of Single Parenting” is herself a single mom of two Master’s candidates and Ph.D.-bound ladies, she told the AmNews joyously. “The book shows that in life, things happen. It may be a setback, but it is really a setup for a comeback . Depending on how your kids turns out, that’s the grade you are going to get on your report card.”

The tome is a courageously open look into Moses’ own life dealing with an absent father who doesn’t pay child support. With comfortable aplomb, she delves into the stress, struggles, joy and empowerment with a sense of overcoming and achieveing, encouraging and ministering.

Moses says she overcame much in order to produce “The Joy of Single Parenting.” She is a single mom with two daughters in Ivy League schools. She has her master’s and Ph. D. She is an adjunct professor who teaches various courses in subjects such as psychology and English. She knows of what she speaks.

She is a wonderful Southern girl who has spent decades entrenched in these Northern parts and social services departments. This ordained minister says she is a “solution-driven destiny helper … I am big on teaching people to self-help. So I’ve got a book out for single parents, and I intend to write a series of books on other issues. Helping is my calling.”

Raised in an abusive household in a rural part of Baltimore Moses said, “My mom’s people are from South Carolina, and she brought all her ‘Geechee’ ways to Baltimore.”

Reminiscing with a mixture of sadness and relief after all these years, Moses said, “I grew up in an abusive home with a stepdaddy from hell and all the nuances that go with that. I turned to sports to keep me away from the abusive household and to make sure that I didn’t turn to alcohol. So sports became my drug of choice—basketball and track.”

Her siblings were drinking by the time they were pre-teens, she said. Luckily, she got herself a basketball scholarship, but after two years, she ended up going to the New York Institute of Technology—it’s a long story. “But I had already broken the cycle. [I was the] first generation in my family to go to college,” she said.

With much gratitude, she detailed how her advisor, one Michael Webnick, encouraged her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

When Moses said that she couldn’t find a job, Webnick promised her a job as his secretary so long as she went back to school. She did, and she got into a master’s program in clinical counseling, “and that first class changed my life. It was studying behavior, and I always wanted to know why people do what they do. I was really able to work in the area of substance abuse because I was coming from a background of sexual abuse and all of those things that were weighing me down. I wasn’t abused, but my sister was, and that is a whole other psychology—to know that someone is being abused and you can’t do anything about it but keep your mouth shut.”

Onward and upward.

“Getting my master’s degree changed my life,” Moses said assertively, “because I had a speciality in substance abuse and a background in criminal justice, and at this time, the AIDS epidemic was happening.

When her first daughter was 4 months old, Moses got pregnant with her second child and started teaching college-level courses in English at the New York Institute of Technology and at Pratt, which had a program for underserved people. Then, she said, the Board of Education was looking for people who understood education and the criminal justice system.

They had a juvenile diversion program that was housed in all five boroughs in daily court, and she was picked to head the Brooklyn segment. Within six months, she became the director of the entire pilot juvenile diversion program. “We were to make sure that children were placed in their right schools, and to see if anything they were in the courts for was due to negligence in the education system. And yes, it was,” she said.

She told the story of a young girl who was in court because she cut someone with a box cutter. “What helped me get off was when I did a full assessment and I found out that she was being bullied. She was a substance abuser, her uncle was a heroin addict and she smoked and drank everyday. So she was high at the time, and that’s how I saved her from going to jail. I said she didn’t need jail, she needed help, and that’s how I got her into a juvenile home facility.”

Overlooking the Brooklyn landscape at Restoration Plaza, Moses mused, “My passion has always been saving people.” She seeds her motivation from “what I went through as a kid. I was the oldest girl, and they always depended on me to make sure that we had food. I would do people’s hair to go buy food to cook for dinner. I just always had to be in charge [of my two sisters and two brothers].

“But I got here and got the degree. My brother said, ‘Oh, you left us. I would have been alright if you didn’t leave me.’ So I brought my brother up here and put him in treatment along with my sister. They have been in treatment I don’t know how many times. My brother just passed away in September 2013 because he wouldn’t take his medication. He would rather drink.”

This is her life. This is part of her book. But moving on up, “I also worked at Restoration running their programs. I spent many years there, and then back at the Board of Education in District 13, I was the district clinician. One of the questions that the superintendent asked me was, ‘What do the children need?’ I said, ‘Well, what they don’t need is to be sitting on the couch talking to me and tell me what’s wrong, because they don’t know what’s wrong.’ Basically, they are products of their environment.

“I said they need outlets to feel good about themselves because, yes, they have to go home to deplorable conditions, but what can we do with the hours that we have with them? We need to find out what their gifts and talents are. We need to invest in them, and I said that is going to take money. So that’s when I learned to write proposals, and everything I wrote got funded, and the children were able to get music lessons, dance classes, arts and sports. It worked.”

Concerning the window into parts of her own life in “The Joy of Living,” Moses said that while it is extremely personal, “I don’t mind being so open, because I get it. I understand what people are going through, and I want people to know that it doesn’t matter how many degrees you’ve got or how much money you have—we are all going through the same crap.”

Her daughter Janee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a master’s from Columbia coming in May 2014. She has been offered a full doctoral scholarship to both Rutgers University and the University of Michigan. Her other daughter, Jalea, is a high school chemistry teacher in Los Angeles and has a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, with a master’s coming from Loyola Marymount in May 2014.

Is pops proud?

“Well, he just started speaking to them. He stopped in 11th grade. I don’t know why. He missed high school graduation and their college years, their 18th and 21st birthdays. He just cut them off. It took a toll on them,” said Moses. “He’s talking to them now, but I think it is because he wants me to get rid of the child support. He owes $103,000. He called me to clear his name from child support. I asked him, ‘How do you get to call—you cut your daughters off, and now you want me to do something for you?’ He said, like a typical Black man, ‘I’m trying to move forward; you’re staying in the past.’

The father of her two girls lives in the same Bed-Stuy neighborhood with a new family, said Moses. “Do you know how devastating that is for the children, to know that you live just up the street? … He left us when the girls were 3 and 2 and a half, with no child support.”

She shrugged and said, “Let go, let God?”

“I can do that because the kids came out great. In the book, I am telling people what can happen down the road if we do it right. Could I write the book back then? No, I had to wait until now to be able to say ‘The Joy of Single Parenting.’ I am not telling you that it is pretty; it is rough. This is a different type of joy. But I am telling you that you only get one chance to raise kids. They’ll never be 2 again. They’ll never be 12 again.”

Humbly, Moses added, “Simultaneously, I am still a church girl,” said the St Paul’s Community Baptist Church member and former youth pastor and associate pastor at St Paul’s Community Baptist church. “This has been 27 years of doing what I do for young people and families. It is a lot of work.”

She laughed and added “I believe that’s what God has called me to do–to help, and that everybody can use some help and some support.”

She is aware that she has been effective.

“One of my biggest achievements is getting young people into college and helping them to graduate, because I feel that anyone can go to college because I went,” she said. “Anything I learn, I like to turnkey it. So if I learn something that can help another person, I am going to share it.”

In addition to her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Moses holds a doctorate in counseling. She is the founder of the Family Life Development Center, which tries to“help the overlooked to live as over-comers.” The initiative strives to break the cycle of poverty and to affect the rising rate of high school attrition. She sis the founder of the Angela Moses Consultant Enterprise.

“My day is based on who comes to me with what trouble. On a regular day, I can be consumed with somebody’s something pain. I could be consulting on how to make a business function better or I could be called in to straighten out a school. I am a nonprofit guru. I am solution-driven and people-centered.”

Email: amcenewyork@gmail.com