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9 Lives... - Miracles happen. - Dream, believe, hope. - Reach out and join the circle. - I love you more.

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My interest in the welfare of children began years ago when I was a high school teacher and coach.  As a young teacher, I enjoyed mentoring many of my students and athletes.   

Sponsoring children in developing nations, through international charitable organizations, was another avenue for helping children in need.  It was especially gratifying to me to serve as a court appointed surrogate parent for two young sibling in the Arizona foster care system. 

 I have always dreamed of creating my family through adoption.  My vision became a reality in 1999, when the adoption of my son, Joshua, became final.  The 9 Lives Trilogy is a fictionalized work inspired by our lives together. 

Josh suffers from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  FASD is an umbrella term to describe the physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.  Joshua's birth mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy with him.  The alcohol that she drank, damaged his developing brain.

FASD is 100% preventable.  I wrote this series to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  These novels are written for preteens, teenagers, those living with FASD, their families and friends. 

I am hoping that we can promote the births of healthy, alcohol and drug free babies in the future, and provide understanding and support to those struggling with the hardship of FASD.


Birth Place
Athens, OH USA

Gold Level Mom's Choice Award Winner Young Adult Series
The Momís Choice Awards (MCA) is an annual awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on MCA evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Momís Choice Awards seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.

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ADDITIONAL BOOKS AND MATERIALS: The 9 LIVES TRILOGY: Learning Opportunity Guide (For middle school teachers and students and for parents who homeschool and their children) The Learning Opportunity Guides are companion books to the 9 LIVES Trilogy. Through these workbooks students analyze and evaluate the impact of real-life influences on their health and lives. "Happy Birthday! A Presentation on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders" is a 30 minute DVD, targeting preteens and teenagers, to make them aware of the possible consequences of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

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Jan Crossen, Adoptive Mom & Author
PO Box 915 
Lopez Island WA 98261   USA
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