Carla A. Carlisle is a divorced African-American corporate executive who longs to be a mother after struggling with infertility for more than five years. She becomes a foster parent and takes in 10-day-old Devon, born two months prematurely to a mentally ill, drug-addicted mother, who suffers from untreated childhood trauma. Six months later the system gives Devon to his birth mother. Carla must decide to either give up or fight for her son.
The car isn’t safe. I’m not safe. I’m not safe. It’s the first time I’ve really let the thought sink into my brain. Every day that I’m with these people I am putting myself and my child in danger. I am not safe. I can’t help the tears that find their way down my cheeks. The anger, humiliation, and fear associated with being slapped like a child in front of my son digs into my soul with heat, with shame. No wonder he didn’t respect me. Through my passivity, I’d taught him that love and compassion were weaknesses easily slapped down by the person with the loudest voice. “He didn’t see nothing, Ms. Carla,” Montaya insisted as I unsnapped my seatbelt, fumbling with the door handle, needing to get out of the car.
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Praise for the book:
I can relate to your story on so many levels. I guess that’s why it was so hard to put it down last night. I’m getting ready to eat my dinner, put on my pajamas, and go at it again. It’s refreshing to read a story free from embellishments. I’m sure your story will touch many.
– Pat G.
A MUST READ! What a Mother would do for her child!!!
This book is extremely well written with incredible use of metaphorical description. More importantly, this story is powerful, honest, and moving. You will be inspired throughout. Thank you for sharing this AWESOME love story.
– Amazon Reader
Perseverance is the key.
This was a great read. She accomplished her long time goal through her love and determination. Hopefully this story can help pave the way for many others to come
– Amazon Reader
Parenthood requires Love not DNA
This is a must read. Sometimes we take things for granted even childbirth. I’m guilt after have two beautiful daughters with no problems. After reading Carla’s story I realize some of the pain my sister Carol felt she too couldn’t bear kids. God rest her soul. Thank you for sharing your story Carla and May God continue to Bless you and Devon with a wonderful, fun, loving life together.
– Amazon Reader
An authentic, amazing, courageous and passionate person. Buy her book so that you can find something in her story for you.
– Alice Schulte
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Here are some resources that have been found helpful in North Carolina. There are many others; these are some Carla has learned from and grown with.
Mental Health America
of Central Carolinas:
Atrium Behavioral Health:
Living Waters FA:
Harris Consulting & Counseling:
Alexander Youth Network:
Nick Cushing / Tom Bush Law Group:
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare:
Thompson Family Focus:
Family Preservation Services
The Males Place:
The Meck / MecKidz:
Council for Children’s Rights:
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
Trauma Informed Training:
Some available resources for Resource Parents
Rowan County DSS:
Mecklenburg County DSS:
Books to help children with behaviors and feelings:
Julia Cook’s Books for Kids:
Ty Allan Jackson’s Books for Kids: