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Out of the frying pan ...

Daniel Docherty

Rather than looking at 'hidden' or 'lost' families that are found, my paper is about experiences of rejection and how my family and foster family didn't want me.

This paper follows on from the work I did on institutions last year. I'm going to start with a map of my family and how I got to be in the institution. It will be followed by looking at my experiences of later life in trying to find ways of dealing with rejection and loss.

In life there are some things that cannot be changed, so you have to get on and deal with them. But you are always left wondering what you could have had.

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