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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Hannah has spent more than
a decade, along with husband Joe, fostering and adopting children within the United States. A graduate of Saint Louis University
with a degree in child psychology and further a graduate of the Center for Biblical Counseling and member of the American
Association of Christian Counselors, Deborah writes with authority on the emotional and spiritual needs of todays hard
to place children.
Her years of experience working alongside the County Department of Human Services and the Family
Court System, along with her membership in the Foster Parent Association, allows her the ability to share the inside experiences
of foster and adoptive parents. Her experiences as a mother of four biological, five adopted, and nine foster children allows
her a unique prospective on the heartbreaks of the children placed within the system, as well as on the tragedies of the families,
in which they are placed.
SUMMARY: What happens when love is not enough? The answer lies in this true story of one familys journey
through the world of foster care and adoption within the United States. It is a personal account, encompassing both heartbreak
and joy, while realistically embracing the intrinsic challenges of parenting the hard to place child. The long-term
affects of neglect and abandonment, along with the issues of Reactive Attachment Disorder, sexual abuse, mental illness, and
false allegations are discussed in the context of the familys four biological, five adopted and nine foster children.
From a prospective parents standpoint, this book dispels unrealistic and idealized expectations, yet from a Christian
standpoint, it offers spiritual insight into understanding, acceptance and finally, forgiveness. Creatively written, this
is a story that needs to be told, for although tragic in nature, it raises the awareness of the reader to the inherent risks
and rewards of adoption.