Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love
The Story That Captivated the Nation
In July 2005, a little girl named Danielle was removed from her Florida home after authorities found her living in bug-ridden squalor, subjected to horrific neglect and so damaged by her own mother that recovery seemed hopeless. Danielle spoke only in grunts and yelps, walked on her tiptoes, was not toilet-trained and drank from a bott
Then she met the Lierows - a unique, blended family who were seeking to adopt a child. Despite being ...more
I read Dani’s Story in little over a day—I simply could not put it down. The book itself was well written and easy to follow. I cannot believe that a mother could neglect her child in the way that Dani was neglected. It is unimaginable to me. If you can look at the positive side to this story, it is the fact that Dani was able to survive the years of neglect so that she could find her perfect family. The way the Lierows fell in love with Dani immediately and just knew that they had to bring her ...more
Dani's Story is hard to read. It's hard for me to fathom that a child could be so neglected that at seven year ...more
I was so taken with the story that I sought out additional info on the Internet. After reading the follow-up article in the Tampa paper from 2011, I was a little disappointed to see that the Lierows seemed to stress the positive in their book, leaving out a lot of the negative. However, the Lierows seem l ...more
Dani was one of the lucky ones, she was able to find a loving foster family. ...more
Dani's Story is heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting. It is told from the adoptive parents' point of view, so it was a littl ...more
Yet again I noticed that I really read faster when I read Dutch. Finished this book in 2 days. Start the day and finish the next.
It was a very quick read even if I had read the non translated version cause it was interesting.
Only thing I did not appreciate was the God talk.
Why do they think it is all thanks to God that the chil ...more
Yesterday was Dani's 16th birthday - I wish you happy birthday and a wonderful, happy life!
The West family see's her picture and knows that they must adopt her. It isn't a walk in the park but this family's love, humanity and patience makes you r ...more
Diane Lierow explores the start of Dani's life and the failings of the systems designed to protect her. The book recounts the Lierows' roller-coaster of an adoption journey, the hardships of life with Dani and ultimately, how the rewards of life with her outweigh all of the problems encountered.
An inspirational story; especially interesting for anyone ...more
Dit is zo'n boek dat ik niet kan wegleggen voordat ik het uit heb. Ik heb het met grote belangstelling gelezen en ik kan het iedereen aanraden.
I am looking forward to checking out their website to see how Dani is now!
Pretty darned frustrating to hear how ineffectual DFC was in meeting children's needs - mirrored similar experiences I've had with the Ministry here while working with children.
Thank goodness for people determined to do good despite the bureaucratic roadblocks!
Now I am 100% definite that I will adopt at least one child if I grow up and will be married!
Okay, I admit that a life story of a living person has to end somewhere and this was published in 2011. She was probably about 10 years old at the time. The website it refers you to hasn't been updated since 2010. But I just wanted to know more.
Darn. I guess people have a right to a little privacy.