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A Hauntingly Beautiful Read!

Amazon Reviews Welcome - Kindle for Black Butterfly July 2018Black 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!

Goodreads’ Giveaway for Babygirl: Prequel to the Search for Catherine

Enter the Goodreads’ Giveaway for Babygirl: Prequel to the Search for Catherine.  Winning contest participants will receive a free Kindle edition of Babygirl, delivered by the administrators of Goodreads.  The contest begins on October 5, 2018 and ends on October 18, 2018. To enter, click on the link below.  Best regards! To enter the Goodreads Book Giveaway for Babygirl, Click Here.

Goodreads’ Book Giveaway

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.

Together, we can make a difference!

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 and other books written by Author Lorna Jackie Wilson may be found at https://www.amazon.com/Lorna-Jackie-Wilson/e/B01C7F62CA/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Best Regards,

Lorna Jackie Wilson

 

A Youth in Crisis

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!

Foster Care Awareness Facts

FOSTER CARE AWARENESS FACTS[1]:

  • Up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to approximately 18-22 percent of the general population.
  • As a result of these increased mental health issues, foster youth are prescribed psychotropic medications at a much higher rate than non-foster youth, costing the state, through fee-for-service programs such as Medicaid, millions of dollars a year.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Foster Care American Initiative, identifies mental and behavioral health as the “greatest unmet heath need for children and teens in foster care.”
  • 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[2]

  • 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.

[1] National Conference of State Legislatures (2016). Mental Health and Foster Care. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/mental-health-and-foster-care.aspx

[2] Young Minds Advocacy (2018). Cultivating Sustainable Solutions for Youth Mental Health. Retrieved from https://www.ymadvocacy.org/cultivating-sustainable-solutions-for-youth-mental-health/

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