Michael E Bemis
My qualifications for writing Caleb includes over 30 years of professional and volunteer experience working with children and teenagers in a law enforcement, educational, recreational, residential, and mentoring capacity. During my law enforcement career I served as a municipal police juvenile officer and founded a large municipal police benevolent association whose sole mission was youth programs and projects. As the elected sheriff of York County, Maine, I implemented and operated the state's largest Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. For the past 12 years, my second career has been as senior educational technician on the flagship campus of one of New England's largest behavioral health agencies. Throughout my adult life I have taken thousands of youths, in groups both large and small, on hundreds of day and overnight trips throughout New England and Canada.
Abandoned at birth, his biological father unknown, and not eligible for adoption, Caleb is relegated to foster care. Despite this, Caleb excels, but when the bullying started, Caleb had met his match. Pushed by the bullying into a life he would never have otherwise known, Caleb becomes entwined in a institutional system blind to his situation and the harrowing freefall he was experiencing.