It wasn’t realistic for me to think that I could change the world. But it didn’t mean I couldn’t get my hands a little dirty and save all the children who came across my desk. That’s why I became a social worker; to make a difference in kids’ lives. I was doing it–one day, one kid at a time–until I met Faith.
Faith changed everything. For a kid too young to even really talk, her smile said everything I needed to hear. The way she reached for me as I shuffled her from visit to visit with her drug-addicted mom spoke louder than any plea she could have shouted. I heard her. Even the guardian ad litem, the guy appointed to protect her, knew. Everyone did, except the law.
The day I handed her back was one of the hardest of my life. It’s this pesky thing called ‘minimum standard of care.’ It’s the law and the law doesn’t listen to one-year- olds who’d probably rather not grow up in shelters with mothers who don’t believe in daily feedings.
They told me I couldn’t save the world. They told me not to try. I took it as a dare and said, “watch me.”
Losing Faith is the story of social worker Aster Henderson and her battle to save a little girl known as Faith. Fighting against a broken system and people who’ve simply given up, Aster finds herself with a decision to make – to break the very laws she’s sworn to work within, or, to follow the rules. Sometimes, when a child’s life depends on it, things get murky . . . At least, for the ones who really care.
Black Rose Writing – http://www.blackrosewriting.com/non-fiction/losingfaith?rq=losing%20faith
Erin Lee is a freelance writer and therapist living with her family in southern New Hampshire.
She’s published numerous magazine articles, particularly on the topic of mental illness. She is the author of “Crazy Like Me” from Savant Books and Publications and “Wave to Papa,” “Nine Lives,” and “Alters” with Limitless Publishing. She’s also author of “Host,” “Merge” and “When I’m Dead.” Her other writing interests include poetry and journaling. She recently completed her master’s degree in psychology and uses a narrative approach with clients.
She is currently writing “99 Bottles” and “Her Name Was Sam.”
In her spare time, she serves as an unpaid taxi cab driver for her children and rescue/therapy dogs, Milo and Thomas.