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Roger Dean Kiser

Roger Dean Kiser

By the age of four, Roger had been abandoned, first by his parents and then his grandparents and placed in a Florida orphanage. Unable to adapt to the difficult, often cruel and abusive environment of the orphanage, and stigmatised by his repeated attempts to run away, he was transferred to a Florida reform school at age twelve. Roger's poignant recollections of his painful childhood experiences will take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family - and abused by the system responsible for his care. Roger's first book - 'Orphan' - is now available.

4 min read

The Bully

A chance meeting brings back memories of a difficult childhood.

4 min read

The Whale Sound

A boy helps out 'the deaf kid' who is being picked on by the orphanage bullies.

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A vivid memory of an incident from the life of an orphanage child.

4 min read

Elvis Died at the Florida Barber College

* Story contains bad language

A young boy's attempt to model himself on Elvis highlights the realities of life in an orphange.