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When a Child’s Voice Falls on Deaf Ears!

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:

  • Flint
    810-233-4031 (office)
    810-820-1728 (emergency number)
  • Detroit
    313-342-2699 (office)
    313-418-2265 (emergency number)
  • Howell
    517-881-0723 (office)
    517-881-1559 (emergency number)
  • Monroe
    734-349-6546 (office)
    734-349-6030 (emergency number)
  • Pontiac
    248-334-2715 (office)
    248-802-5071 (emergency number)
  • Port Huron
    810-990-1424 (office)
    810-285-5694 (emergency number)

 Click here for more information:  https://www.enniscenter.org/

A Hauntingly Beautiful Read!

Amazon Reviews Welcome - Kindle for Black Butterfly Oct 2019Black 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!

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!

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