Book Review: The Jonathon Letters - One Family's Use of Support as They Took in, and Fell in Love with, a Troubled Child by Michael Trout, Lori Thomascategories: Books, Parenting & Families, Special Needs, foster care
Authors: Michael Trout, Lori Thomas
Publisher: The Infant-Parent Institute, Inc.
What About Jonathon?I had tremendous difficulty reading this book. In only his third email, Michael Trout writes "I'm going to retain copies of what we have said to each other, and may someday come back to you with an idea..." That idea was to take the experiences of this family and the misfortune of this boy and exploit them for financial gain! What was the motivation for continuing to correspond?
No effort is made to disguise the identity of this boy that the authors diagnose and treat. At seminars, the authors freely discuss the book and the children in it. As a "professional" Michael Trout has a responsibility to protect the confidentiality of his client. That responsibility is heightened when the client is too young to speak for themselves. But in this case, the "mother" is also more than willing to treat the child like a revenue source and reap the benefits of publishing.
The format of the book, an exchange of emails, is insulting to the serious nature of the subject matter and is intended to appeal to the lowest level of reader for the purpose of selling books. It is a voyeuristic look into the life of a child and an opportunity to exploit his misfortune.
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