Tashima Dukes


Dukes is a former foster child who was placed in care in both Philadelphia and California. Dukes was placed in more than 13 different foster homes before aging out of the foster care system. Today she is author of Truth Be Told: A Foster Child’s Recollection and known as a nationally recognized expert trainer for foster children, foster parents, and foster care administrators regarding some of the major problems in the foster care system from the foster child’s perspective. She has been a keynote speaker for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and many other local and national foster care agencies. She has more than 13 years of counseling experience with children and families in both urban and suburban environments. She holds a certification in sexual abuse counseling and grief counseling, three advanced Master’s degrees along with 110 Graduate Psychology credits towards the PhD in Psychology. In addition, she has worked extensively with orphans and vulnerable children both nationally and internationally. Dukes has appeared on the John Walsh Show on NBC, TV 48 Update with Catherine Pugh, internet radio with Dr. Bryan Post and internet radio with Pat O’brien. Likewise, Dukes has been featured in Your Powerful News, International, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Gadsden Times, Gospel Praise Magazine, Booking Matters Magazine, The Pennstater, The Delta Voice (a publication of Delta Community Supports), and numerous other publications. Dukes currently provides sexual abuse counseling to women and children and resides in South Africa.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I like to travel to exotic countries.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pensacola Florida. However I am also a military brat who has traveled and lived in many different cities. I was placed in foster care at the age of nine-years old in San Diego, California. I was reunited with my family by age fourteen then back in foster care again at the age of sixteen in Philadelphia, PA. Truth Be Told: A Foster Child's Recollection is my real life account of my experience in the foster care system.
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Truth Be Told: A Foster Child's Recolletion
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 32,880. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Child abuse
Tashima Dukes is a former foster child. Tashima Dukes tells her story of abandonment, abuse and pain in an unadorned yet passionate voice, a voice that resonates with inspiration and resolve. Her poetry is deeply cathartic, and in the rhythm of the words she magnifies the magnificent power of God."

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