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Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I received official word this week that the story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul about my son Kurtis' years of hunger has been selected for their upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love. This story tells of how Kurtis had a ravenous appetite when we adopted him because he had frequently gone without food in his young life. I titled the story, "The Way to a Boy's Stomach is Through His Heart." In the wisdom of the folks at Chicken Soup, the story has been retitiled, "...
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Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Does anybody still doubt the size of the child abuse issue?

The headlines this week have been full of child abuse stories. There is the Casey Anthony trial. And the woman who is charged with killing the daughter of her boyfriend. These innocent children were killed. How many more stories do not make it to the headlines?

How many children were abused last week who will carry physical and emotional scars the rest of their lives? 

If it takes a village to raise a child what does it take to protect...
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Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
    April is child abuse prevention month. "

    What can I do?" you ask;

    First of all, acknowledge that child abuse is a huge problem. It happens in every school, every church, every town, every neighborhood and likely, in every family. It happened in my family in the early 1970's. A niece had a child out of wedlock. She wanted to give the child to us for adoption but her parents said "No grandchild of theirs would be put up for adoption." She felt she had no option and kept the baby. When...
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Hungry Children

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I was writing an article the other day about food and I was reminded of how Kurtis ate when we first adopted him. 

Kurtis had been hungry and was never sure if he would have another meal or when he would have it, so he ate. And he ate!
And he ate! It didn't matter what I cooked he ate it with enthusiasm. It was pretty sad to see him drag along the table with his withered leg and pick crumbs up, popping them in his mouth like delicacies. 

This ravenous appetite lasted for a several months before...
Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
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Kurtis' Birthday

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis and his Aunt Patty at Nonna Emilias Ristorante in Aloha, Oregon.
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Writing for the Soul

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I recently returned from Denver, where I attended the Writing for the Soul conference. I have truly been spiritually fed.

In addition to my article wiritng and the incidentals I write from time to time, I have been working on a book titled, Infinitely Trees. Infinitely Trees is the story of my son Kurtis, who at the time of his adoption was the most severely abused child to survive in the United States. It is also the story of how God works in our lives to bring us hope, courage and forgivenes...

Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing category "adoption, child abuse" (Show all posts)

Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I received official word this week that the story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul about my son Kurtis' years of hunger has been selected for their upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love. This story tells of how Kurtis had a ravenous appetite when we adopted him because he had frequently gone without food in his young life. I titled the story, "The Way to a Boy's Stomach is Through His Heart." In the wisdom of the folks at Chicken Soup, the story has been retitiled, "...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Does anybody still doubt the size of the child abuse issue?

The headlines this week have been full of child abuse stories. There is the Casey Anthony trial. And the woman who is charged with killing the daughter of her boyfriend. These innocent children were killed. How many more stories do not make it to the headlines?

How many children were abused last week who will carry physical and emotional scars the rest of their lives? 

If it takes a village to raise a child what does it take to protect...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
    April is child abuse prevention month. "

    What can I do?" you ask;

    First of all, acknowledge that child abuse is a huge problem. It happens in every school, every church, every town, every neighborhood and likely, in every family. It happened in my family in the early 1970's. A niece had a child out of wedlock. She wanted to give the child to us for adoption but her parents said "No grandchild of theirs would be put up for adoption." She felt she had no option and kept the baby. When...
Continue reading ...
 

Hungry Children

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I was writing an article the other day about food and I was reminded of how Kurtis ate when we first adopted him. 

Kurtis had been hungry and was never sure if he would have another meal or when he would have it, so he ate. And he ate!
And he ate! It didn't matter what I cooked he ate it with enthusiasm. It was pretty sad to see him drag along the table with his withered leg and pick crumbs up, popping them in his mouth like delicacies. 

This ravenous appetite lasted for a several months before...
Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 

Kurtis' Birthday

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis and his Aunt Patty at Nonna Emilias Ristorante in Aloha, Oregon.
Continue reading ...
 

Writing for the Soul

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I recently returned from Denver, where I attended the Writing for the Soul conference. I have truly been spiritually fed.

In addition to my article wiritng and the incidentals I write from time to time, I have been working on a book titled, Infinitely Trees. Infinitely Trees is the story of my son Kurtis, who at the time of his adoption was the most severely abused child to survive in the United States. It is also the story of how God works in our lives to bring us hope, courage and forgivenes...

Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing category "adoption, child abuse" (Show all posts)

Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I received official word this week that the story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul about my son Kurtis' years of hunger has been selected for their upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love. This story tells of how Kurtis had a ravenous appetite when we adopted him because he had frequently gone without food in his young life. I titled the story, "The Way to a Boy's Stomach is Through His Heart." In the wisdom of the folks at Chicken Soup, the story has been retitiled, "...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Does anybody still doubt the size of the child abuse issue?

The headlines this week have been full of child abuse stories. There is the Casey Anthony trial. And the woman who is charged with killing the daughter of her boyfriend. These innocent children were killed. How many more stories do not make it to the headlines?

How many children were abused last week who will carry physical and emotional scars the rest of their lives? 

If it takes a village to raise a child what does it take to protect...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
    April is child abuse prevention month. "

    What can I do?" you ask;

    First of all, acknowledge that child abuse is a huge problem. It happens in every school, every church, every town, every neighborhood and likely, in every family. It happened in my family in the early 1970's. A niece had a child out of wedlock. She wanted to give the child to us for adoption but her parents said "No grandchild of theirs would be put up for adoption." She felt she had no option and kept the baby. When...
Continue reading ...
 

Hungry Children

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I was writing an article the other day about food and I was reminded of how Kurtis ate when we first adopted him. 

Kurtis had been hungry and was never sure if he would have another meal or when he would have it, so he ate. And he ate!
And he ate! It didn't matter what I cooked he ate it with enthusiasm. It was pretty sad to see him drag along the table with his withered leg and pick crumbs up, popping them in his mouth like delicacies. 

This ravenous appetite lasted for a several months before...
Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 

Kurtis' Birthday

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis and his Aunt Patty at Nonna Emilias Ristorante in Aloha, Oregon.
Continue reading ...
 

Writing for the Soul

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I recently returned from Denver, where I attended the Writing for the Soul conference. I have truly been spiritually fed.

In addition to my article wiritng and the incidentals I write from time to time, I have been working on a book titled, Infinitely Trees. Infinitely Trees is the story of my son Kurtis, who at the time of his adoption was the most severely abused child to survive in the United States. It is also the story of how God works in our lives to bring us hope, courage and forgivenes...

Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing category "adoption, child abuse" (Show all posts)

Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I received official word this week that the story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul about my son Kurtis' years of hunger has been selected for their upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love. This story tells of how Kurtis had a ravenous appetite when we adopted him because he had frequently gone without food in his young life. I titled the story, "The Way to a Boy's Stomach is Through His Heart." In the wisdom of the folks at Chicken Soup, the story has been retitiled, "...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Does anybody still doubt the size of the child abuse issue?

The headlines this week have been full of child abuse stories. There is the Casey Anthony trial. And the woman who is charged with killing the daughter of her boyfriend. These innocent children were killed. How many more stories do not make it to the headlines?

How many children were abused last week who will carry physical and emotional scars the rest of their lives? 

If it takes a village to raise a child what does it take to protect...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
    April is child abuse prevention month. "

    What can I do?" you ask;

    First of all, acknowledge that child abuse is a huge problem. It happens in every school, every church, every town, every neighborhood and likely, in every family. It happened in my family in the early 1970's. A niece had a child out of wedlock. She wanted to give the child to us for adoption but her parents said "No grandchild of theirs would be put up for adoption." She felt she had no option and kept the baby. When...
Continue reading ...
 

Hungry Children

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I was writing an article the other day about food and I was reminded of how Kurtis ate when we first adopted him. 

Kurtis had been hungry and was never sure if he would have another meal or when he would have it, so he ate. And he ate!
And he ate! It didn't matter what I cooked he ate it with enthusiasm. It was pretty sad to see him drag along the table with his withered leg and pick crumbs up, popping them in his mouth like delicacies. 

This ravenous appetite lasted for a several months before...
Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 

Kurtis' Birthday

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis and his Aunt Patty at Nonna Emilias Ristorante in Aloha, Oregon.
Continue reading ...
 

Writing for the Soul

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I recently returned from Denver, where I attended the Writing for the Soul conference. I have truly been spiritually fed.

In addition to my article wiritng and the incidentals I write from time to time, I have been working on a book titled, Infinitely Trees. Infinitely Trees is the story of my son Kurtis, who at the time of his adoption was the most severely abused child to survive in the United States. It is also the story of how God works in our lives to bring us hope, courage and forgivenes...

Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing category "adoption, child abuse" (Show all posts)

Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I received official word this week that the story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul about my son Kurtis' years of hunger has been selected for their upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love. This story tells of how Kurtis had a ravenous appetite when we adopted him because he had frequently gone without food in his young life. I titled the story, "The Way to a Boy's Stomach is Through His Heart." In the wisdom of the folks at Chicken Soup, the story has been retitiled, "...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Does anybody still doubt the size of the child abuse issue?

The headlines this week have been full of child abuse stories. There is the Casey Anthony trial. And the woman who is charged with killing the daughter of her boyfriend. These innocent children were killed. How many more stories do not make it to the headlines?

How many children were abused last week who will carry physical and emotional scars the rest of their lives? 

If it takes a village to raise a child what does it take to protect...
Continue reading ...
 

Child Abuse

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
    April is child abuse prevention month. "

    What can I do?" you ask;

    First of all, acknowledge that child abuse is a huge problem. It happens in every school, every church, every town, every neighborhood and likely, in every family. It happened in my family in the early 1970's. A niece had a child out of wedlock. She wanted to give the child to us for adoption but her parents said "No grandchild of theirs would be put up for adoption." She felt she had no option and kept the baby. When...
Continue reading ...
 

Hungry Children

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I was writing an article the other day about food and I was reminded of how Kurtis ate when we first adopted him. 

Kurtis had been hungry and was never sure if he would have another meal or when he would have it, so he ate. And he ate!
And he ate! It didn't matter what I cooked he ate it with enthusiasm. It was pretty sad to see him drag along the table with his withered leg and pick crumbs up, popping them in his mouth like delicacies. 

This ravenous appetite lasted for a several months before...
Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 

Kurtis' Birthday

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis and his Aunt Patty at Nonna Emilias Ristorante in Aloha, Oregon.
Continue reading ...
 

Writing for the Soul

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
I recently returned from Denver, where I attended the Writing for the Soul conference. I have truly been spiritually fed.

In addition to my article wiritng and the incidentals I write from time to time, I have been working on a book titled, Infinitely Trees. Infinitely Trees is the story of my son Kurtis, who at the time of his adoption was the most severely abused child to survive in the United States. It is also the story of how God works in our lives to bring us hope, courage and forgivenes...

Continue reading ...
 
 
 
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