"Adopting Darell" is the story of Carol Weishampel who joyfully opens her heart and home to angelic-looking Darrell—a "shaken", abused baby, whose horrific injuries leave him blind and retarded.
But adopting Darrell quickly becomes an hourly, uphill struggle, even for this seasoned mom and professional educator, who holds a doctor of education degree. This single parent and her other, subsequent adopted children literally are held hostage by Darrell's violent temper tantrums and untrainable behavior.
The book sheds light on questions such as:
- Who adopts special-needs or severely disabled children?
- Why and how do they take on this challenge?
- What difference can Weishampel possibly make in the life of this uncommunicative boy?
- What purpose do those such as Darrell have on earth?
Weishampel's poignant search for answers to these and other profound questions leaves a helpful legacy of hope for anyone who has ever had responsibility for such a child.