Carmen Fenton is a waitress at Greyton’s Grill. She is also a student studying to earn a college degree in marketing. Upon graduation, she hopes to receive an internship with a marketing firm where she can eventually climb the corporate ladder. With the laborious hours that come along with being a waitress, she’s eager to graduate and start her career. Unaware of the competitive nature of the marketing business, she’s ill-prepared for practices that are often high-handed and cut-throat. As she lands the job and learns the business, she encounters an old flame, unethical business practices, and corporate sabotage. Meanwhile, Ray Collins, an architect and lover of the arts finds Carmen quite beautiful. While there is mutual attraction, she wonders if she can handle the demands of school, work, and a new relationship. She is determined to be successful as a marketing executive and can’t let anything get in the way of that. However, Ray Collins is not only handsome but very persistent and he is determined to make Carmen his own.
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Thank you for visiting Black Butterfly Books LLC. As an author, former foster child, and survivor, I am dedicated to raising awareness on the mental health of foster care children, i.e., those who are currently in foster care and those who are aging out. To that end, the team and wrap-around concepts are embraced in an effort to cultivate sustainable solutions. As a former foster child, I began to journal at the age of 16, focused to effect positive change after traumatic and life-changing experiences in foster care.
Today, there are so many youths exposed to trauma, violence, or abuse and many are struggling physically or mentally to overcome it. Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory speaks to daily realities that foster children or youth-in-crisis may be exposed to. Poetry and prose highlight the silence of loss, the fight for families, and love for foster children!
Undoubtedly, public awareness and a team concept for youth in our communities are critical at both grassroots and political decision-making levels. Your support in reaching the masses is sincerely appreciated.
Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and the love for foster children. It is written from the perspective of a youth in crisis and is a reflection of a survivor’s foster care journey. Children, parents, social workers, teachers, and all those who find connection, will find Black Butterfly, a tumultuous journey of faith and hope!
Consider the perspective of a youth-in-crisis or a youth struggling in the foster care system. What supports are in place to help them overcome? Closure may be difficult, especially, if there are any traumas left behind. Black Butterfly speaks to matters of the heart that are often unspoken; it speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and love for foster children.
Black Butterfly speaks to daily realities that foster children may be exposed to. The clinical perspective is removed as connection to real issues is found through poetry that is realistic in prose and choral formation. Black Butterfly helps youth-in-crisis see themselves as God sees them!
Factors contributing to the mental and behavioral health of children and youth in foster care includes the history of complex trauma, frequently changing situations and transitions, broken family relationships, inconsistent and inadequate access to mental health services and the over-prescription of psychotropic medications.
Wraparound –A Sustainable, Long Term Strategy to Care
Wraparound is a method used to develop and deliver individualized behavioral health services and supports. These services are identified and implemented through a team-planning process that engages individuals who have stake in the well-being of the child, such as family members, service providers, and teachers. Through this process, the team identifies treatment goals and creates a comprehensive and coordinated plan of care, known as a Wraparound Plan, to achieve those goals.