Denied! Failing Cordelia: Parental Love and Parental-State Theft in Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court

Book One: The Cankered Rose and Esther's Revenge

by Simon Cambridge



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/30/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781499046922
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781499046915
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781499046939

About the Book

The Cankered Rose and Esther's Revenge begins the author's dramatic journey of adopting his teenage daughter with severe attachment issues in Seattle. The heartbreak of then seeing Cordelia "stolen" by the efforts of his former wife and the child-welfare legal complex in Los Angeles, alongside that of the trauma of being denied during efforts to reunify with her are each foreshadowed here.

Issues surrounding adoption trauma, parenting children with reactive attachment disorder, and the author's own struggles with Asperger's syndrome will be his constant companions on this perilous journey of adopting, losing, and then trying to reunite with his beloved daughter.

In this and subsequent volumes, the author will also be questioning the ability of the child-welfare legal complex and the Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court to understand the nature of damaged child attachment or the therapeutic parenting needed to heal children with "special needs." Ultimately, each would be as responsible for "failing Cordelia" as the breaking of the violent waves for the shattering movement of the rocks on the beach.

About the Author

Originally from England, Simon Cambridge has a bachelor's degree from the University of London in Modern History and Politics, and a master's degree from Loughborough University in Library and Information Science.

The author currently lives in the Seattle area with his small Shetland sheepdog and looks forward to helping his daughter, Cordelia, heal from her long and traumatic childhood and adolescence.

When he is not reading, writing, listening to Bob Dylan's music, and photographing beautiful places in Seattle and Washington State, readers should be able to find Mr. Cambridge at Seattle Shakespeare Company performances held throughout the year, or at Seattle Sounders FC soccer games proudly and passionately wearing the colors of the "Eternal Blue, Forever Green."