Tonight's special guest is Deborah Maddison from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, one of NAASCA's most involved volunteer family members. Abducted to the other side of the country at 3 years old, she was separated from her father, and her dad and paternal grandmother somehow found her at 8." There was serious alcohol and drug abuse in the family. There was serious alcohol and drug abuse in the family. Deborah's alcoholic mother was also a 'rage-aholic.' The children were starved. Her first stepfather was incredibly abusive and there was sexual abuse from his friends. Following a brutal divorce the family lost everything. Her mother had a string of abusive boyfriends, many moving in overnight, then disappearing. "I survived by becoming a part of all my friend's families" she says. An amazing family volunteered to take her in, but Deborah reports she was not able to adapt at 13 to normal young child behavior. At 16 she sustained severe injuries in a car accident, and was forced to recuperate at her mother's home. She began counseling in her early 20s to deal with issues from her childhood, but struggled with relationships. A narcissistic 'ex' has taken her child. Deborah still deals with some very serious issues, losses and trauma, including health issues. "My mother and I were estranged for many years. I don't know where my father lives." But she's incredibly devoted to helping others. She to co-hosts the 'For Our Kids' series of shows (looking at the rights of children and families in North America) and is now one of a small group of recurring hosts for other of our SCAN shows!
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