The purpose of writing my book is by sharing my life experience, I hope it will help others to survive the trauma from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. This may have come from natural parents or whoever had custody of the children. I had six sisters, ages one to six. I was five years old when were placed in foster care. All five children were taken from our natural mother because of physical abuse and sexual abuse from her boyfriends. My youngest sister was given to her real father. We were placed in separate foster homes by the State of New Jersey. I was blessed to live with good foster parents.
They taught me life skills and the importance of getting a good education.
When I turned fourteen, the State of New Jersey placed me in another foster home. I really resented being taken from my foster parents and became very rebellious. I ran away to live on the streets of NJ. I became sexually active and finally got pregnant. I put tattoos on my arms and legs. Then I went to the ghetto of New York City to live on the streets. I had to face a very difficult life living on my own. Even though I was able to survive these severe challenges, it was not easy. I hope my experience and perseverance will help others to survive during difficult times in their lives.
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My name is Barbara Brown. I consider myself to be a compassionate middle-aged woman. I had to face many challenges throughout my childhood and into my adult life. I never gave up when someone told me that I would not become anything. People felt that because I did not have parents, I would not do anything with my life. I had to prove to them that they were wrong. The more anyone put obstacles in my life, the stronger the spirit in me refused to give up. I know I had not been given the same opportunities as others who were more fortunate to have loving parents, so I decided I was going to do everything in my power to give my children and me a better life. There were times when I didn't know if I was going to live to make it through, but I just kept on praying for forgiving others for what they did to me.
My goal is to work with families part time when I retire. The rest of my time will be spent catching up with my family whom I found in 2010. Altogether God allowed me to find eleven family members while I can enjoy them. I plan to write a second book on the reunion of my family. There has been a major change in the younger generation for the better. They did not have to go through what their parents experienced.
Peace and love.
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