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Why Say Goodbye?

Written in verse by her adoptive mother, this story describes a life-changing experience, 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 was 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. Now eleven years old, Valerie 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 Maxwell’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.”