The Stovepipe A Review by Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

Corruption in Child Protective Services is as much a part of the system as the money they earn off the backs of the children they steal for profit. This is one woman’s story of how she and her siblings, at least the ones she knew traveled the Abyss of CPS through the darkness of abuse, starvation and other atrocities which no child should endure at the hands of foster care providers and their children. They were taken and placed in homes which were worse than the one they were taken from. At least in their own home they had love and protection, there was no one to protect them in the homes of strangers who had no love for them. Is this what we want for our future, children who have been abused by the system in the name of greed and corruption? Children who are stolen from their family simply because some government  agency believes it is in their “Best Interest?” How far as a nation have we fallen? Where no longer believe in the family unit. The real family unit not one that is created by the government. It reminds me of all the Children who were taken from their Indian parents because the government decided they knew best.


By Yvonne Mason “Author” (Port St Lucie, Fl.)
This review is from: The Stovepipe (Paperback)
The Stovepipe by Bonnie E Virag is one of the most powerful books I have ever read by a child abused by the system. Child Protective Services is one of the most corrupt government agencies that exist. They have no concern for the child, it is all about the money to them. Children who are torn from their homes always wonder as Ms. Virag did, “What did I do wrong?” They are separated from their siblings who are their anchor and placed in homes that treat them worse than where they were taken from. They are moved from strangers house to strangers house and never feel as if they have a home- a real home. They are not loved just used and abused.
I applaud Ms. Virag for having the courage to put to paper the cruelity, corruption and loss she and her siblings suffered at the hands of a government agency. As a grandmother whose daughter lost her children simply becasue she was poor I could feel the terror, the pain and the suffering not to mention the abuse these children suffered at the hands of strangers who only cared because of the money and the extra “hands” to work the farm.

Children who are taken by the system have no safety net, it has been taken from them. Those in charge don’t care.

An excellent book, for anyone who has the misguided notion that they want to be a social worker, in order to “help children”. Trust me it is not about the children it is about the money.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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