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I Was Called "That Foster Kid"

Updated October 11, 2010

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Linda Gray-LeBlanc was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1948 and at the tender age of seven was placed in the Halifax Protestant Orphanage along with her five sisters after her alcoholic parents separated. She tells about her life with her parents, the hardships the children encountered while under their care and how their father had to give his children up when he couldn’t support them.

Linda tells of what it was like to live in the Orphanage, her loneliness, fears and abuse of some of the caregivers during her stay there. She tells of “The Horror Room” and punishments given out to the children in this institution. Then she tells how the sisters were separated and placed into different foster homes and adoptions.

She then goes on to tell her stories of life in her two foster homes, the abuse of a foster father for five years, the verbal and mental abuse of a foster mother and grandmother over the years. She tells of her lonely life, trying to keep in touch and finding her real family. How she goes to Ontario to try and connect to a mother who never wanted her and her feeling about those two visits.

She tells of leaving her foster home at 18 years and going back to work at the Halifax Protestant Orphanage until she married her husband in 1970. She tells of raising her boys and finding her sisters and getting into tracing her family tree and her genealogy work and writing the books.

Linda then tells about her mental breakdown and her stay in Hospital for a year and her road to recovery. She tells how she finally was able to tell her Doctors about the years of abuse as a child, then to go on and tell the family what their father did to her and their reaction.

This book started out as therapy, writing down what happened and then writing poems about events in my life. I want other men and women, even in their 60’s, to read my story and to be able to see that they too can tell. Don’t wait for a breakdown, tell now. I hope it helps to read my story.

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