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No Broken Bones [Kindle Edition]

Gail Morellen
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Book Description

A grandmother recounts the true story of the fight to save her granddaughter --- trapped in the system designed to protect her.

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About the Author

Gail Morellen and her husband live on a small farm on the south coast of Oregon. Her interests include volunteer work with the local SMART reading program and with the public library, gardening, going to the beach, and exercising her overly active dog. She is currently writing works of fiction.

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  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (June 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057XSC78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, fascinating, and sadly, all true March 2, 2014
Format:Paperback
A captivating read! Can’t say it was a pleasant read—just the opposite. I felt frustration and anger at this true story of a broken child welfare system and some vile people that utterly failed to protect a child. It’s a complex tale of grandparents desperate to rescue their granddaughter from the other set of grandparents. In the middle are the child’s parents, both too mentally unstable to care for the child.

It is a complex tale, taking place over many years and involving many layers of government, including the involvement of an Indian tribe who claimed authority over a child who had a ridiculously small fraction of Indian genetic heritage. Add to these a legion of incompetent social workers (with a handful of exceptions) and some blind, deaf, and dumb (as in stupid) family court judges. The author, Gail Morellen, takes us through those years, a veritable roller coaster ride of hopes and fears. I give credit to her story-telling skills that kept me turning the pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grandparent Rights November 16, 2008
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Format:Paperback
Grandparent rights - a difficult subject to tackle and this author does her best to tell a true story of her family's struggle to protect a grandchild lost in a maze of social services that overlook her problems.
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Due to certain revelations in this story, I used a pseudonym to protect the privacy of my daughter and granddaughter. I wished to name names and expose the guilty, hoping it would lead to investigations, or at least professional embarrassments.
Now my granddaughter is mature enough to understand, and can know the truth about how the system let her down. Her mother, my daughter, has read "No Broken Bones" and understands. She can take it, but wishes her daughter to remain in the dark for now.
It is strange to be Gail Morellen, whom I call my alter ego. I've made appearances as Gail, and had to remember to use the fictional names from the book instead of real names.
I've spoken to students of Human Services courses several times. It is the best reward for the hard work of writing this book. These people are the ones who will be in a position to make changes, and I have hope that there will be improvements to the child-protection system someday. I also have hope that my granddaughter will make it, someday.
Please contact me: gailmorellen@gmail.com
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