Like so many American kids reared by abusive and neglectful parents, I did not know the simple joys of childhood, nor was I permitted the normalcy of a stable family life. By my ninth birthday, I had heard about the “Great American Dream,” and although I wanted to believe in it - desperately - it was nothing more than a little girls wistful fantasy In my world, nightmares dominated dreams, and fantasies existed only briefly, extinguished by the daily horrors of cruel reality What did manage to persist unabated was physical and mental abuse given freely and in abundance by a mother who should have loved and protected us.
Day, A. (2009). Coming Full Circle: From child victim to child care professional. In Brown, W. & Seita, J. (eds.). Growing Up In The Care of Strangers. p. 27-38. Tallahassee, FL.: William Gladden Foundation.