The author, an adoptive mother of five children ranging in age from 11 to 40, has worked in the child welfare field for more than 25 years. Writing in verse for use with children, she describes her daughter’s life-changing experience with child abuse and loss from her daughter’s perspective. Beginning with her daughter’s descriptions of her younger brother and her love for him, to her reaction to sudden removal from everything familiar to her and placement in foster care, to the recognition that her brother is never coming home and her strong faith that one day she will be reunited with him in Heaven, this story provides a glimpse at the heartache and grief that results from the trauma of child abuse. First written as her own personal Lifebook, Valerie, now eleven years old, has chosen to share her story to help others.
The author says, “We all equate loving with protecting. Although many worked hard to address the situation, we were unable to prevent Valerie’s brother’s death. It is our hope that this book will be a resource to for families at risk as well as for children and families who have experienced the trauma of child abuse and loss.”
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