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by Mary Callahan

  • ISBN: 0972598308
  • Category: Relationships
  • Author: Mary Callahan
  • Subcategory: Family Relationships
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pinewoods Pr (April 14, 2003)
  • Pages: 225 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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Mary Callahan never planned on writing a book about her experiences as a foster parent. She had only one goal as a parent. Mary Callahan is an emergency room nurse, cardiopulmonary nurse educator, and foster parent

Mary Callahan never planned on writing a book about her experiences as a foster parent. Mary Callahan is an emergency room nurse, cardiopulmonary nurse educator, and foster parent. The mother of two children, Callahan resides in Maine.

Mary Callahan never planned on writing a book about her experiences as a foster parent. She had only one goal as a parent, to help the children in her care. ISBN13: 9780972598309.

Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I've Learned as a Foster Mother.

One worker said, ‘There’s a difference between them and us,’ as if that explained anything. Another said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Those parents are the dregs of humanity. As I started meeting the parents, I actually liked most of them

Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I've Learned as a Foster Mother" by Mary Callahan. In my professional experience I've encountered quite a few cases like this (a psychiatric nurse in an inpatient child/adolescent psychiatric unit) and I also know personally of a few instances

Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I've Learned as a Foster Mother" by Mary Callahan. A Voice from the Voiceless and Forgotten: An Anthology of a Foster Care System Child Survivor" by Lawrence P. Adams. Another Mother: Co-Parenting with the Foster Care System" by Sarah Gerstenzang. In my professional experience I've encountered quite a few cases like this (a psychiatric nurse in an inpatient child/adolescent psychiatric unit) and I also know personally of a few instances. So to say that it never happens is foolish. It's a possibility to be aware of and certainly you need to ensure the safety of the children already in the home.

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Mary Callahan never planned on writing a book about her experiences as a foster parent Written from the unique perspective of a foster parent, Memoirs of a Baby Stealer chronicles Callahan's. But as she learned their stories, it became painfully clear that the Child Welfare System had no sincere regard for the welfare of children. Callahan realized the only way to truly help the children was to tell their stories

Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I’ve Learned as a Foster Mother by Mary Callahan. Product Description Mary Callahan never planned on writing a book about her experiences as a foster parent.

Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I’ve Learned as a Foster Mother by Mary Callahan. Callahan realized the only way to truly help the children was to tell their stories

One worker said, ‘There’s a difference between them and us,’ as if that explained anything.

Mary Callahan never planned on writing a book about her experiences as a foster parent. She had only one goal as a parent, to help the children in her care. But as she learned their stories, it became painfully clear that the Child Welfare System had no sincere regard for the welfare of children. Callahan realized the only way to truly help the children was to tell their stories.

Written from the unique perspective of a foster parent, Memoirs of a Baby Stealer chronicles Callahan's experiences with five foster children, shedding light on the inadequacies of the Child Welfare System in this country. As the author explains, "They are taking kids from places that aren't that bad, putting them in places that aren't that good, and completely ignoring the bond that exists between parent and child."


Reviews about Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I've Learned as a Foster Mother (7):
Anaragelv
Child Protective Services in the United States is by far and without a doubt, a totally broken system. If you've ever doubted it - read this book and others that you can find with a simple search. Example after example of heartache caused by the system that is to protect, can be found if you'll take the time to search. This is a well written book, an easy read, and I highly recommend it. Just wish the government officials that have the power to change the system would take the time to read these books.
Zbr
I liked this book. Was a great read, I work with children and it makes me realize that all children can be a challenge no matter what background they come from. I enjoyed the honesty and the importance of telling the reader what she had ot ential on a daily basis with the foster children in her care. I have read many foster care related books and some of them judge and compare and beg the reader not to become a foster parent. This book, on the other hand, wasn't in comparison to those. Yes, there was some griping about the kids but most of it was aout how each situation was different and how she was trying to help the children but got no help or good communication from the welfare offices or social workers.
I would recommend to any foster parent and to anyone who works with special needs children.
Fearlesssinger
I'm really glad that Mary Callahan wrote this book. She tells how she became a foster mother because she wanted to help abused children. As she got to know the foster children in her care, she found out that most of them did not come from abusive homes, and did not need to be in the system at all. They missed their natural parents, and were frustrated that the system would not even allow them regular visits with their parents. The book showed how the Child Protective Services did not really care about the well-being of the children. Many of the children had been abused in previous foster homes, and yet the abuse had been ignored.

Mary discovered that one of her foster children, Tina, a "funny looking girl" with a short fat neck had a genetic condition which was contribuing to her behavioral problems, but this condition had been overlooked by the system. When Mary described it to Tina's social workers they dismissed her concerns. Two of the boys in her care developed Munchausens symdrome to get attention, one by deliberately ingesting lead. In these situations also, the social workers and case workers would not do anything to help her cure the boys of this behavior. Ultimately, it was probably because she "made waves" in the system that the authorities falsely accused her of abusing Maria, another one of her foster children, to try to threaten her.

She came to the conclusion that the system is severely flawed and corrupted. A touching moment in the book was when the hijacking of 9/11 ocurred, and she thought that the most important thing was for the children to have contact with their parents to assure each other that they were alive and safe.

The book is a good expose of the corruption within CPS, and why the system needs to be seriously overhauled.
Siratius
Excellent information. A must read for anyone who has had their children taken and is fighting to get them back as well as activists against the abuse of children by CPS.

Mary Callahan's stories about some of the children she cared for hold your interest as well as give you important information. It was hard to put the book down.
Fhois
The author evidently was an honest woman who sincerely wanted to be a foster mother. She tells of her awful experiences with CPS---which, of course, are nowhere near as awful as the children's experiences with CPS. This is a personal account, and it doesn't, for example, include an analysis of the effect of federal money paying to destroy families: $4k per child adopted, $6k per "special needs" child adopted, $0 for children returned hom.
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Perfect condition, I had this book once and was not sure what I did with it, glad to have this copy!
Berenn
I purchased this book because I am interested in learning about fostercare. I have to say it was only mildly helpful. I did get a little information about how the department of Family and childrens services vs private agencys work, or do not work together. I feel tho the author uses the book to work out her own personal issues. While her work with these children is commendable. She seemed to be doing fostercare as a way to pay the bills. Most of the time she was too involved to be much help with these children. Perhaps she would make a better child advocate. In all I was less than pleased with the book. The book has little realtime information.

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