LIFE

Girl Is Pulled From Abusive Home. 9 Years Later, She Sends Old Caseworker A Note About Her Mom

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

According to ChildHelp.org, an estimated 1,580 children died as a result of abuse and neglect in 2014.

That’s between four and five children a day. Had it not been for the detectives and social workers who saved her life, Marie would be included in these horrifying statistics.

When she was just 8 months old, Marie Surprenant was paralyzed from the waist down due to the physical abuse she endured in her biological mother’s home.

Thankfully, Marie was removed from the home and placed in the care of a local social worker named Michelle. Michelle fell in love with Marie and decided to adopt her.

She was determined to give Marie the love and care she deserved, but never received.

Though she requires around-the-clock care and supervision, Marie has grown up to become a funny and intelligent child.

In 2015, Marie decided to pen an open letter to the detectives and social workers who pulled her from her abusive household and gave her a second chance. It’s a rare and earnest glimpse into child abuse and social work from the child victim’s point of view.

The letter went viral, and you’re about to see why.

When she was just 8 months old, Marie suffered irreversible damage at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend.

Marie was physically abused and suffered over 14 fractures, burns, and abrasions. Due to a spinal cord injury, she was paralyzed from the waist down.

Her biological mother and her boyfriend were arrested.

The Division of Family and Child Services (DFCS) removed Marie from her mother’s house and placed her in the care of social worker Michelle Surprenant.

It was supposed to be a foster situation, but Michelle quickly fell in love with Marie and adopted her when she was one.

Marie is now in elementary school, and Michelle describes her as funny and smart little girl. She loves animals and video games, and has an unbreakable spirit.

In 2015, Marie decided to write an open letter to the social workers and detectives who saved her from her life of abuse.

Not only did Marie want to publicly thank her guardian angels, but she also wanted to address the stigma attached to social workers.

After it was posted on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta blog, Marie’s letter went viral.

Marie requires 24/7 medical oversight and a specialized wheelchair. One day, Marie hopes she will be strong enough to stand up and walk.

If you’d like to learn more or help Marie in any way, please visit her GoFundMe page.

What an incredible story of triumph in the face of evil! Please SHARE Marie’s story with your friends on Facebook.

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