Teresa Kellerman, FASD Expert Said...

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Teresa Kellerman, FASD Expert Said...
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Teresa Kellerman
Executive Director FAS Community Resource Center, Tucson, AZ

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Teresa Kellerman, Director, FAS Community Resource Center, Tucson, AZ, had this to say about the first book, 9 Lives, I Will Survive...

"I sat down and read this book in one day.  I really didn't want to put it down.   I was so absorbed in the experiences in the life of this little boy. 

He went through so much during his childhood, domestic violence, being bounced around the foster care system, and of course, the difficulties as a result of the prenatal alcohol exposure.

The seriousness of these issues is handled with sensitivity and care.  Crossen shows no judgment toward the birth parents, and fosters understanding and compassion of the plight.

The boy, who is the center of the story, is deeply loved, and the reader will enjoy the positive feelings that burst forth throughout the book, especially at the end.

Unlike other books about children who have survived prenatal alcohol exposure and life in the foster care system, this book leaves the reader with the satisfaction of a happy ending and many happy moments throughout.

This touching story has therapeutic effect in that it has the potential to heal the emotional wounds carried by adopted children, birth parents and adoptive parents.

I would recommend this book for all children whether they are adopted or not.  I would recommend this book for all parents, especially those adoptive parents who still grieve the loss of the dream they had when first adopting a child with hidden disabilities like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Crossen has processed her grief, and finds great joy in parenting this boy.  She is, through her writing, a healthy role model for other adoptive parents, offering them insights and hope that may lie dormant under their own unresolved grief.

This book was a joy to read.  I will put a copy in the hands of every family that comes through our doors."


"I read the first book in one sitting.  It is a truly uplifting adoption story, and yet very realistic.  Telling the story from Joshua's point of view gives it credibility.  The writing style is easy to read, especially for preteens and teenagers.  We'll make the series available to our cultural heritage camp participants." 
Pam Sweetser, Executive Director Cultural Heritage Camps, Denver, CO.

"WOW!  9 Lives, I Will Survive, deeply touched so many emotions, and I am in awe of all that you have done, and of your wonderful family.  Congratulations on capturing the story of Josh is such a remarkable way.  Your work will surely help so many others who live similar lives.  The photos of Josh are fabulous, he has an unforgettable smile.  How wonderful!"

Diane Reid, Founder, Whispering Hope Ranch, Payson, AZ

"My boys, ages 10 and 7, and I read, 9 Lives, I Will Survive, aloud as a family.  We loved it.  Jan Crossen's style of writing, explaining technical or social work terms to kids was perfect, even for my youngest son.  Almost each time we'd read one of those parts, he would say, 'I was just about to ask what that meant, and then it was explained to me.'  Jan tells this story with tremendous tenderness, and brings to life Joshua's gentle spirit and his resilience.  This is a lovely way to educate children about the foster care system and the diversity of families.  We can hardly wait for the next title in the trilogy."

Susan Fule, Former social worker, and mother of two boys, Albuquerque, NM


"I began reading, 9 Lives, I Will Survive, while on a flight from Alaska to Portland, for a medical appointment for my son.  I was disappointed when the airplane landed, forcing me to wait until bedtime to finish the book.  What an enjoyable read!  This book should appeal to a wide audience, and I can't wait to read the next installment to see what happens next in young Joshua's life, after finding his forever family." 
Cheri Scott, adoptive mother of Justine, Juneau, AK