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Dr. Sharon Zaffarese-Dippold
Dr. Sharon Zaffarese-Dippold’s writing comes from her own lived experiences as a child who experienced multiple foster care and family placement moves involving all forms of childhood abuse and trauma. Dr. Dippold attended approximately ten or more schools during her formative years as she moved from place to place. In spite of that, she earned a Bachelor in Social Work, a Masters in Social Work, and earned her PhD in Human Services from Capella University with a concentration in Human Behavior/Counseling Studies. Her Doctoral Dissertation was published in 2016, The Lived Experience Of Former Foster Children Who Had to Move Their Belongings In Garbage Bags. A public speaker and trainer on foster care topics related to her story, her experience with bullying led her to create “INAM- It’s Not About Me,” an anti-bullying program that she presents in the school systems to deflect the impact of being bullied on children. Dr. Zaffarese-Dippold lives in Saint Mary’s, Pennsylvania, with her husband, where she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has been recognized for donating 20% of all net proceeds from her first book, “Just Another Slice,” to the Organization “Together We Rise,” which helps foster children to be moved with dignity by replacing garbage bags with duffel bags. 10% of proceeds from “Just Another Raggedy Doll” will be donated to the RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) organization.
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on her foster care story for more than 20 years.
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A constant in a life of Chaos and change.
My Raggedy Ann Doll was with me in all the dark, sad and happy places. She reminds me of the life I’ve overcome and rose above. She offered her support during times as my crying pillow and then from afar as I grew up, sitting on my dresser, watching my life take form. She was a constant silent support. Today, she is my travel companion as she attends all my professional trainings and speaking events. It’s not until the audience sees her that they realize it is my traumatic foster care story they’ve been witness to for last few hours or full day training. It’s an emotional introduction and awareness for all who attend my trainings.
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