A special opening message from Margaret Iuculano:
I want to thank Christa for taking the time to read My God Box, a memoir about an abusive childhood, but more importantly on how a mustard seed of faith in God turned around the life of a child. I feel blessed that you are willing to share the book on Fictionary. You are helping to create awareness about a topic that desperately needs to be addressed and has reached epidemic proportions – 500,000 children in the Foster Care System within the US.
Our country is in a crisis with an overloaded Foster Care System, and children are falling through the cracks daily and being put into homes to provide safety only to be left neglected again. How can we expect these children to become productive adults growing up in this environment? How can we teach these children how to have faith in God and then themselves to correct the wrongs being committed in their lives? How can we help Foster Parents to recognize the difference they can make in a life of a child and the importance of their role? And most importantly, how can we teach to break the Cycle of Abuse so we can shrink the numbers of children going into foster care in the future?
There’s a truth I came to realize that changed my life and can change the lives of others. Have Faith in God – put your troubles into his hands and allow him to use you for the purpose you were born for. Once I started to follow this truth in my life I came out of despair to complete happiness and peace. I recognized my ability to help others and the importance of viewing each other as God’s children, people who possess a lot of value and have a mission just like I do for God.
When I began to see that God had a mission for my life, I started to embrace my challenges and learn from them without looking back. I was able to rid myself of the victim mentality and succeed where I was told I never would.
My prayer is that you see the message in My God Box and that it will inspire you to learn to overcome a traumatic experience and more importantly help someone else. I pray that you will agree that all it takes is a mustard seed of faith to realize your God-given potential.
God Bless You,
How many kids in the U.S. are in foster care?
On any given day the statistics show over 500,000 children in the US in the foster care system. The number has reached an epidemic level which has burdened a system not built or equipped to handle the issues facing these children.
How long do they stay in foster care (on average)?
The average across the US is 2.5 years. The federal government has asked the individual states to try and reach a permanency solution for these children within 9 months but unfortunately the system is not equipped to meet this goal.
Do they live with the same foster parents the entire time?
If they are lucky! I personally experienced over 15 different living environments and see the same movement between homes and shelters happening today.
You grew up in foster care – what was your experience like?
My experience was most of the foster parents were not equipped to handle a troubled child who needed help. I was in poverty-struck homes as well as abusive homes within the foster care system and these are the homes I advocate against. Children removed from their abusive home environments should not be put into a system that is not providing them a better environment than the home they were removed from.
What compelled you to write My God Box?
I feel I was blessed to have found God amid all the pain and misery I endured during my growing years. However, I also feel it’s time to give thanks and give back. I struggled for over two years with doubts and mixed feelings about setting my life in print, but whenever I took a step back, I was energized and encouraged by the awe-inspiring certainty that God wanted me to tell my story-for self-healing, but more importantly to open the minds and hearts of other suffering individuals to the mercy and goodness of God. God is hope. Without God there is no hope. Without hope there is no life.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am a wife, mother, entrepreneur and children’s rights activist with an unwavering faith in God that has led, leads and will undoubtedly lead me to the successful outcome of all my projects.
Thank you for allowing me to share my book and God’s mission for my life with you. If you would like to learn more about me and my mission please visit – http://www.margaretlano.com and http://www.angelsforfosterkids.org and know that 100% of the book proceeds goes to Angels for Foster Children. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.