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BABYGIRL: Prequel to the Search for Catherine by Lorna Jackie Wilson Released September 10, 2018 This giveaway starts on October 5, 2018 and ends October 18, 2018 CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! The synopsis follows: In 1977, siblings Tina, Michelle, and Leon Hilton live with their mother, Catherine, in Detroit. Although times are tough, Catherine does the best she can with the support of her mother-and in spite of the abuse she receives from her boyfriend, Victor. When eleven-year-old Michelle is accidentally injured, a caseworker from Child Protective Services (CPS) visits the family. Later, Victor’s drug stash is found in their house, and soon the three siblings are taken from their mother and placed into separate foster homes. Over the next several months, Michelle experiences a number of foster homes that lead her to question and challenge the lifestyle and sense of identity that she has experienced so far, significantly affecting her self-esteem, purpose, and well-being. Meanwhile, Catherine works to put her life back together and win back custody of her children. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.

Press Release: Babygirl (Prequel to the Search for Catherine)

PRESS RELEASE DATE: September 10, 2018 Babygirl: The Search for Catherine was released September 10, 2018. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.
Synopsis: In 1977, siblings Tina, Michelle, and Leon Hilton live with their mother, Catherine, in Detroit. Although times are tough, Catherine does the best she can with the support of her mother, and in spite of the abuse she receives from her boyfriend, Victor. When eleven-year-old Michelle is accidentally injured, a caseworker from Child Protective Services (CPS) visits the family. Later, Victor’s drug stash is found in their house, and soon the three siblings are taken from their mother, and placed into separate foster homes. Over the next several months, Michelle experiences a number of foster homes that lead her to question and challenge the lifestyle and sense of identity that she has experienced so far, significantly affecting her self-esteem, purpose, and well-being. Meanwhile, Catherine works to put her life back together and win back custody of her children. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.

What you don’t know CAN hurt you!

Have you ever heard of the saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?”  Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  If you find yourself in an abusive situation or any situation that violates your personal space, seek shelter and assistance.  As a former foster child, resources were not made available to me nor did I know they existed.   What you don’t know, CAN hurt you!  If you live in the United States, there are 24 hour shelters, counselors, free food, medical assistance, and more.  If you live in a country outside of the United States, contact your local law enforcement agency or human services department.  Your life has value and you have rights!  Don’t spend one more day giving anyone power to take something that doesn’t belong to them.  Take your life back!  Embrace hope and peace of mind!

Life as a Foster Child

At the age of four, I was placed in foster care. There were four homes in total, yet only the last two, provided positive influence in my life. However, because of former abuse and pain, I began to journal; harsh realities spilled into my journals. I was so thankful when my biological mother petitioned the court to regain custody of me and my siblings.  So, when she passed away when I was only 13 years of age, I was devastated. To make matters worse, I found myself in the foster care system yet again. With consideration to the issues and challenges leading to foster care placement, one thing is for certain, a mother’s love is irreplaceable.

In retrospect, I can say that each foster home presented a new set of challenges with some traumatic experiences that no child should ever have to face. With this, there were also challenges that didn’t make it any easier. There was the challenge to adapt to new surroundings, to bond with new parents and siblings, to adjust to new school settings, to fit in, have purpose and more.

Undoubtedly, there was frustration, self-doubt, and anxiety and while the foster care system’s primary goal seemed to ensure that financial needs and education were met, the psychological aspect of learning to adjust and overcome trauma, resulted in withdrawal.

I became as the caterpillar, trapped within a cocoon. There was a hunger and thirst for love, a longing to be accepted, and a desire to be understood. Who nourishes the soul, the spirit, and the mind? Who holds the hand of the little girl and tells her, she’s going to be okay?  I am so thankful to have had a foster mother that supported emotional development and overall wholeness.

While my journal illustrates the life of a foster child and youth-in-crisis, its poetry and prose speaks to the silence of loss and gives voice to unspoken realities that foster children may face when voice becomes lost among political processes. To bring awareness to foster care experiences of those currently in foster care and those who are aging out, I published the journal as “Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory.”

As a former foster child, it is my belief that the overall plan for emotional health should incorporate supports that positively influence social and emotional development; this includes, the team and wrap-around concepts to cultivate sustainable solutions. Today, I give back by encouraging others to overcome trauma and fulfill their purpose; for we are no longer caterpillars trapped within a cocoon. We are butterflies!

Giving Back

As a former foster child, I identify with the many challenges that youth face overcoming obstacles related to parental loss, abandonment, self-esteem, and more.  To that end, I’m thankful to have had a foster mother that cared enough to help me get through it.  Today, I give back to youth through mentoring, motivational speaking, and book “giveaways.”  Please visit my Amazon author page for more details on Black Butterfly Books.
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