Born to be an Orphan is about the Authors Efforts to Find Records of Her Time Spent as a Ward of the State of Texas

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First-time Author Carolyn MacKenney-Sosbee demonstrates how difficult it was for her as a former Texas orphan to obtain records of her past in her new book Born to be an Orphan.

When Carolyn MacKenney-Sosbee tried to find records or documentation of her time spent within the Texas Child Welfare System, she experienced an unwillingness to assist from the numerous State Agencies who were supposed to manage her documents and records. It is traumatic enough for her as a child to be an orphan in the first place; to be passed around from one institution to another. But when Carolyn became an adult, she sought assistance from the State of Texas regarding abuse she suffered, records and information, or entitlements; she was not met with understanding or patience from those, who for all intents and purposes were her custodian for years. During Carolyn's search for her records, the State of Texas went so far as to say that they had no records that she was ever an orphan, or even in the States custody.

"My book is about the efforts I expended trying to prove to Texas that I was an Orphan in their custody," says MacKenney-Sosbee. "I have numerous photographs and other orphan statements which verify this, and I am determined to prove this to Texas."

In "Born to be an Orphan," MacKenney-Sosbee details all of her emails to the State of Texas, and Texas' responses to her inquiries. All of the Texas agencies she contacted had similar responses, which was to deny that she was ever an orphan.

"Thousands of orphans have been in the custody of the State of Texas over the years, and I want them, and other readers of my book to know that I haven't give up, or become discouraged."

About the author:
Carolyn MacKenney-Sosbee has spent over 40 years trying to right what she considers to a terrible travesty that she endured while in the custody of the State of Texas.

This is her first book. Her second book "Can they hear me crying," is currently near completion.


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