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Posted September 3, 2004
Crystal Dawn is a pseudonym. You'll discover early on why using her real name would not be wise. Her true story is sad, frightening, and ultimately hopeful. The author and her husband are in their sixties, living in a small town in rural America. They enjoyed retirement within their limited financial means and were thankful for the peace of their small home. Crystal had finally emerged from a troubled past and found happiness in her second marriage. Horrifying reality was behind her, or so she thought. The first inkling of trouble comes when her son and his family come to visit. The grandchildren are obviously neglected, with blatant signs of abuse. It's a bitter pill to swallow, knowing her son and his wife are cruel to their children, but Crystal and her husband hope to see improvement. Subsequent visits demonstrate that nothing good has come of counseling or Social Services involvement in the lives of her troubled grandchildren. Crystal and her husband realize that something must be done, and soon, if any of the four children are to survive. Crystal takes us through the bogged down Social Services systems in several states as she fights to save four young lives. Abuse has been physical, mental, and sexual, leaving serious psychological damage in its wake. Every bit of progress made meets with another glitch in one of several state or federal programs meant to protect children. Crystal is a quiet and determined woman. She and her supportive husband take on 'the system' and her deeply troubled son. The fight is not easily won, and even after several years their lives are not safe from reprisals. Crystal Dawn tells her story with simple eloquence. This book is a must read for every medical professional, Social Services employee, Social Worker, foster or adoptive parent. The author cuts through state and federal red tape, fights to serve her grandchildren's needs, and learns much about herself in the process. She devises her own structured program to manage acting out behaviors and shares her information freely in this book. A Family is Born is full of helpful information. It chronicles the lives of four children - wounded in body, mind and spirit - and the grandparents struggling to give them a hopeful future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.