The Branding of a Child

The Branding of a Child - Eldon Reed A heart and mind of a child is a canvas upon which the brushstrokes of care (or lack thereof) of parents, caregivers and figures of authority are etched. Each mark on its own may be slight, but indelible, and taken together, they brand a child -- and not always for the better. This is a fictional, but moving, account -- between foster parents and the children in their charge -- that water can sometimes be as thick as, or thicker than, water.