After the break Anderson talked to the biological children about their feelings toward their family's expansion; to the family about the challenges and blessings of living in a large family; and about a typical day in their lives. One neighborhood in Riverside, CA consists of 20 families which have adopted over 50 kids. Many shared their stories via satellite.
Next up we heard Dani's story ~
Dani's adopted parents Diane & Bernie Lierow shared their experience of adopting the severely neglected little girl. Willie Lierow (Dani's adoptive brother) and Dani later joined Anderson on stage to discuss the family dynamic. Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Author, "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog" joined in the discussion and spoke about how the lack of love and the physical manifestations of that love, alters the development of the brain, and that love grows the brain. The Lierow's have written a book called dani's story, a journey from neglect to love, to shed light on the effects of child neglect among other reasons.
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