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April 24 , 2011

Love Alone Will Never Be Enough

Raising Drug-affected Children


Check every bookstore and library and the Internet, and you will not find a single book telling the day-by-day story of raising drug-affected children.  
In the ’70s when Joan and her husband adopted these three, they weren’t told that the biological parents were on drugs. It took super parenting to raise children whose conscience and rational thinking were seriously damaged. It took prayer and a commitment as deep as their marriage vows, plus a degree in psychology, child therapy, many miracles and lots of common sense. When you read how Joan rushed out on the front porch and prayed, “God, send me a spaceship to take these children,” you won’t want to put the book down. The children are adults now but cannot function as adults. Without consistent mentoring they would end up on the streets or in prison. The parents who took the drugs should be in prison. Joan has a plan to help drug-addicted children. 

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