Black Butterfly Books speak to the silence of loss, fight for families, and love for foster children. As a former foster child, I can remember wondering where to turn or who I could talk to for help and emotional support. Of course, those closest to me came to mind. Yet, when my voice fell on deaf ears, I became lost and emotionally detached. Today, I understand more than ever, that my plight was not uncommon; there are children in foster care who suffer in silence every day. With the numerous agencies and organizations that exist to support foster care, there may be an assumption that foster children are afforded every opportunity that their biological parents were unable to provide. Yet, this may be far from true. In fact, foster children may not know that there are supports that benefit them directly. Therefore, resources are provided on this website solely for that purpose. Click on the Resources & Affiliates tab for more information.
Of course, I am only one individual with this great burden that Father God has placed upon my heart. But, I will not stop! I will not give up, and I will always care about the foster child and their access to resources or services that positively influence their social and emotional development. Together, we can make a difference!
To that end, there are a number of facilities and organizations in the State of Michigan that provide emotional and/or physical support to youth. Black Butterfly Books LLC lists the Ennis Center as one such organization. The Ennis Center operates weekdays, Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. However, days of operation vary as follows:
Port Huron – Monday and Wednesday
Detroit – Monday and Wednesday
Flint – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Monroe – Tuesday and Thursday
Pontiac – Tuesday and Friday
Howell – Wednesday and Thursday
When calling the Ennis Center after hours, please refer to the following emergency numbers:
Babygirl: Prequel to the Search for Catherine was released on 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. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7S6MBD?
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.
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!
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!