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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NiceTiger (April 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937777014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937777012
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dekker's ability...is striking. It would be easy for a memoir dealing with this subject to veer into an angry, ranting outburst, but Dekker's restrained writing conveys the chaos with refined dignity. Dekker is refreshingly honest...Which makes the story all the more poignant and inspiring."--Kirkus Reviews

"Positive, inspiring, exemplary and deeply spiritual. One Kid at a Time is an instant classic. I loved it." --The Reverend Mel White, author of Stranger at the Gate

"The hope that fills this book should give so many other adoptive parents hope for their children and their futures. Dekker captures the pains and joys of parenthood."--Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D., Founder/Director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, co-author of Parenting the Hurt Child, and author of Parenting Adopted Adolescents.

"When I finished reading this book, I thought it would appeal to all CASA/GAL volunteers.  It's more than inspirational.  It reminds us that our work enriches the lives of both children and the adults who care about them."--Michael S. Piraino, National CASA Association, CEO

More About the Author

Jake Dekker spent more than two years representing children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). He regularly advocates for child welfare and foster care reform. He is working on his next book about children in the child welfare system.

Customer Reviews

Well written and easy to read.
LDiehl
Thank you Jake Dekker for your contribution to children in the system!
Ross DiEdoardo
The book is highly readable and I read the book in one sitting.
Terri Battin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Gregory C. Keck on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Dekker's great work. His openness and honesty throughout the book were refreshing. He provided the reader with real life experiences which fully captured the roller coaster nature of the process of adopting and parenting a hurt child.While Dekker is a parent, he accurately portrays and describes the dynamics that any adoption/attachment professional would see. Danny's desire to be a part of Jake's family was striking as was Jake's determination to become a father.Dekker captures the pains and joys of parenthood and,particularly adopting an older child with profoundly serious issues. The hope that fills this book should give so many other adoptive parents hope for their children and their futures.

Gregory C. Keck.Ph.D.,Founder /Director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, co-author of Adopting the Hurt Child, Parenting the Hurt Child, and author of Parenting Adopted Adolescents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robin on June 8, 2012
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"One Kid at a Time" is an easy, yet powerful read. It brings tears, laughter, anger, and joy to the reader. Jake brings you into the story as if you were walking side-by-side with his challenges and successes in his adoption of Danny.

Jake narrates his persistence in working through the bureaucracy of adopting a foster child. He and Danny were clearly brought together. It was meant to be, and Jake's commitment brought the adoption to fruition.

Jake captures not only his own story, but also that of Danny. Danny's is a heart rending story of a throw-away boy who lives in horrendous conditions in foster homes. Jake brings Danny out of that horror into the compassionate comfort of a family. The process is not easy, and both Jake and Danny grow in the process.

Jake and Danny's story shows how two people committed to becoming a family can do wonders, far more than the dysfunctional, expensive bureaucracy of foster care. The reader is challenged to make such a commitment to help even just one person.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allison on June 8, 2012
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This story was simply and eloquently told. I read it in one sitting and if felt as if Dekker were sitting there telling me this story himself. I am moved not only to tears, but to action. This book is an excellent example of how specific storytelling paints a much larger picture. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Greco on June 1, 2012
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I will recommend this book to anyone who is interested in taking on a task they think is beyond them. As a psychology student working with clients who were often disadvantaged I found it very helpful to give me a different perspective on what happens for clients when they leave my office. I suggest this book be read by anyone entering parenthood, or anyone working with a client who was in the foster care system. I think it should be required reading for learning about family systems, as well as the diversity it offers. Jake is insightful and inspirational, while at the same time, human, reachable, and real. This goes on the shelf as a book I will refer to and re-read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimbra on May 30, 2012
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The best and easiest read on a plane for me in years. When we landed in Mexico I was near the end, and had spent hours with my face staring at the pages of this remarkable book about a man, a boy and their dog. I felt as if I lived parts of it as I read it, and literally sobbed in certain places, making those around me quite uncomfortable. I was touched particularly by the chapters "Danny" and "The Funeral". I related to Danny having grown up in an abusive home with a Mother who flew into rages, then commenced to whipping me. I thought my story stirred up feelings, until I heard Danny's. I wanted to kill Danny's grandmother when I first learned of some of the abuses Danny suffered at the hands of his so-called care giver! Then later, I read on and was convinced that his foster mother herself, was the devils spawn. I came away knowing with such clarity why and how they had to meet, how fate and mystery played such an important part and most of all.....with courage, determination and boldness one can conquer his deamons, come to terms with life on life terms, and always no matter how bad things are, make a difference by helping others. Nice job Jake. You inspire me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Stewart on April 7, 2012
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What a touching and inspiring book! Jake's clear and fierce heart offers encouragement to others who may feel the call to do something to help other children in need. I am gratefully astounded by Jake's beautiful capacity to express and embrace his day by day, moment by moment, truth as he takes on the heartbreaking challenge of this one seemingly broken child. Jake demonstrates so intelligently and honestly the real gift that accepting one's own full range humanity can offer. Such self-acceptance is an example that he offers his son and opens the way for healing for Danny and everyone around. This isn't a simple feel good fairy tale but an authentically human and successful effort to show up for what life needs from us all...to take care of our world's children, one kid at a time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on April 6, 2012
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What a powerful story of fighting for the right thing in adoption and navigating though the child welfare system. Anyone dealing with adoption or the foster care system should read to see how sticking by your principles can pay off!
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