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Analysis Of The Lost Boy By Dave Pelzer

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Though most children in the United States are raised in a safe and secure environment, there are many who are not. In 2013, 3.9 million children were the focuses of at least one Child Protective Services report in the United States; close to one-fifth of these reports (679,000) were confirmed (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). In his novel, The Lost Boy, author, Dave Pelzer, describes the life of a young boy during his abusive times at home, court room hearings, and movement from foster home to foster home. He depicts the story from the child, David’s perspective. This allows for the reader to understand how a child views the welfare system, foster system, child therapy, and more. The main problem David experienced, besides the abuse from his biological mother, was an overall lack of support. “Facts for Families” (2000) claims that children have basic needs for both physical and mental health, including unconditional familial love, a safe and secure environment, and appropriate (emphasis on the appropriate) support and discipline. After being separated from his family, David jumped from foster home to foster home. Many times, this was simply due to a misunderstanding or circumstances that were in no way his fault, though he blamed himself a lot. This book illustrates the trials of one young boy, yet it speaks for the millions of children in the U.S. who go through these same hardships in their everyday lives.
Sadly, David viewed himself as the problem. He
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