My Story: Resilience and Redemption


Derek Clark’s story is one of resilience and redeption. Derek spent 13 years in the foster care system. Before entering foster care, Derek suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotionaldistress. Derek knows first hand on how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past reflects a life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress and overwhelming anxiety. He has experienced the life of fear and rejection and much more. At five years old Derek’s mother and stepfather turned him over to the county social services but kept his brother and sister. Derek felt as if hehad been deleted from his family. His father was in prison for the criminally insane. Psychiatric reports stated that at the age of five years old, Derek had severe behavioral problems and fascinations of extreme violence and death. Neurological reports stated that at six years old, he had teh IQ of a twon and a half year old and diagnosed him with erratic psychosis. Having also been misdiagnosed as mentally handicapped and having numerous emotional and language difficulties, Derek never gave up. With the help of his foster parents and mentors, he has defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. His maxim is to make no excuses.

Author: Derek W. Clark
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ISBN: F7121
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