Early in the decade of 2000, the Department of Human Services of the Ellsworth, Maine, Child Protective Division, along with other municipalities, came under scrutiny for their questionable policies and immoderate tactics. Discover how a toothache led to a two-year nightmare for this quiet and law-abiding family. (Well...kinda quiet and law-abiding).
Sky is a multi-emotion-provoking love story about a mismatched couple and their struggle to save their marriage amid their valiant battle for custody of their child against this powerful but once highly criticized state agency. This is an essential listen for any parent who has picked up a drink or a drug.
Interspersed with actual documents from the case, including brief news clippings, highly personal letters, and court decisions, Mr. West offers, in a chronological exposé, a passionate exploration of and stark contrast to the realities of substance abuse and parenting, with mental illness and morals and with his occasional awareness of the presence of God.
Written with wry humor seemingly, at times, to mask his own heartbreak, West lays out his perspective with blunt, piercing honesty while allowing the listener to be the ultimate judge.
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Honest Indictment of the DHS. Important Read.
This is an excellent book. It is a true story but it reads more like fiction. The story is well written. Because it depicts real life, it is complex and multifaceted.
It reminds me of the Netflix documentary, "The Making of a Murderer." The show depicts how the police prosecuted a man for a crime he did not commit. He served 18 years in jail before being exonerated through DNA testing. This book is similar in that it documents the lengths to which DHS will go to keep children in their system and increase their power. It details the abuses and incompetence that pervade this institution. It is an important book for anyone interested in perserving Parental Rights.
Michael Kazalski gave a great performance of all of the real life characters. He did a great job and made them come alive.
Yes, this is a heart breaking story. It is darkly comic in its treatment of the cruel and senseless actions of the DHS. It is very moving.
This is an excellent book that uncovers the corruption of the DHS and the legal system in general. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
- Angela M. Dokos