- Very good condition
- Soft cover
- By Deborah Lee
There are approximately 20,000 children in the foster care system in Australia. Some of them stay in the system for their entire childhood. Some have permanent foster care, but many are shuffled from one home to another. It is often described as a system in crisis, but how many of us would actually open our hearts and homes to help? Deborah Lee is one of the unsung heroes of the foster care system. With her husband Cedric Lee (of Bing Lee fame) she has fostered more than 100 children over the past 28 years, many of them so-called 'difficult cases'. Deborah and Cedric have also adopted three children of their own and now care for pre-adoptive babies. In MIXED BLESSINGS, Deborah tells her story. While her story has no shortage of tragedies it is also brimming with countless little triumphs, as Deb and her family share their love, joy and good times with children who may have never been kissed or hugged before. Deb tells her story with great humour and guts, as her boundless optimism, sense of humour and enormous humanity see her through. Her husband and three adopted children love the babies they care for as much as she does.
If you've ever loved a baby you will love Deb's stories, and laugh and cry with her as she describes the harsh reality that many little children are born into in this 'lucky' country of ours. Some babies arrive on Deb's doorstep with nothing; some are withdrawing from heroine; some bear the marks of abuse. But once Deb gets her hands on them they are smothered in loving care. As Deb says: 'During my years of fostering, so many times have I had to turn my back and walk away. I get through the pain knowing that I'll soon get another phone call about another soul to take care of.' MIXED BLESSINGS is a perfect gift for Mother's Day, a book that will make you laugh, cry and want to rush out and hug a baby. Because every child deserves to be loved the Deb Lee way.