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State Welfare System Ignored Pleas For Help From Foster Child
Ward of the State Publishes Memoir, Betrayed By The State

In a newly released memoir, Betrayed By The State, by Illinois-based author John Bernadyn claims that his pleas for help were ignored by state welfare workers. “My goal is to get the word out that these things are happening to those that are not able to protect themselves,” says Bernadyn. Bernadyn begins with details about growing up in a dysfunctional home with graphic and heart-wrenching details of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse he endured. Then, after being taken away from his home by state welfare workers he notes that he felt a ‘safe’ feeling for the first time. This feeling was short-lived.

The first stop was a foster home and,...

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