A young child's 'thank you' letter

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 22, 2013 

Dear Child Abuse Prevention Associaton staff and volunteers:

"The stay was nice if I had to be in foster care this is the place I would like to be. We have had a lot of good times together, and a couple sad, not too many. I will miss this place, it will always be in my heart. For further reference for kids in the future just rememeber just because you wanted to be home doesn't mean it's bad here. It's actually just like a second home. Personally, I cried almost every night so I wanted to be home but this place (CAPA) was very helpful. I love CAPA. It's a great place to be. I love you all always and forever."

This letter is reproduced as it was written. The writer is a real boy who was placed in the CAPA shelter by the Department of Social Services because of his profound abuse and neglect. When he left to go to a family who will give him a happy childhood, he wrote the above letter with colored pencils on drawing paper and taped it to his bedroom wall.

Now he will be hugged every day, told he is loved and that he is a good boy. Isn't that what we all want?

For information on how you can help CAPA, please call 843-524-4350.

Bernie Kole CAPA board president Beaufort

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