An Abused Child Now Adopted

by LC

This is actually about the beautiful boy Seth I adopted. I don't know a lot about his past except that he was taken away from abusive parents. He doesn't talk about it and I respect that, and we are still working up his trust, which is coming along quite well. He's a very sweet boy and absolutely loves attention. When I adopted him his hair had never been cut and he was very thin with hardly any meat at all on his bones, his hair was halfway down his back and very knotted and dirty. I promised him he would never have to go through that ever again. He's very insecure and likes to hide behind his hair, and I respect that, so we had his hair cut to his shoulders, since I was once insecure and hid behind my hair. He's come a long way and is meeting people at his new school and trusting much better. He loves to get his hair brushed and be cuddled. He is a very well-behaved gentleman but is very tense around strangers. I've been taking him to a counsellor and it's been working out great. He seems to have a lot of trust in his counsellor, as he will let her move his hair out of his eyes to speak to her and isn't very tense.

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Mar 16, 2011
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Not only is Seth blessed to have you in his life; you're blessed to have him in yours. You've not only displayed love, but also dignity and respect for who he is and where he is in his life today; and he's responding in kind. When he's ready (if he's ever ready) he'll open up about what happened to him. What's important is trusting in the process, which is why I'm delighted you've taken him to a counselor and that he and the counselor have a trusting relationship. Without trust, there will be no progress. Keep up the great work, LC! You truly are an inspiration. The world is a better place as a result of BOTH you and Seth. Thank you for sharing yours and Seth's story with my visitors and me.

From Victim to Victory, a memoir
Darlene Barriere
author. speaker. survivor. coach
From Victim to Victory, a memoir

Mar 17, 2011
Thank You
by: Anonymous

Congratulations on providing a good new home for Seth .Thanks !

Mar 18, 2011
Thank You!
by: LC

Thank you for the comments! Seth has gotten so much better with trust. We were also able to cut some of his hair out of his eyes due to his being much better about his insecurity. I got a call from the school saying he opened the door for a girl with crutches this morning at the beginning of class. I am very proud of him and his success, although he is still quite jumpy at certain things, especially noisy objects.

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