Derek Clark Childhood Trauma Motivational Speaker

Have You Ever Experienced Foster Care or Childhood Trauma? New Song About it!

Foster care motivational speaker

Have you ever experienced foster care or suffered childhood trauma?

I feel compelled to share a piece of my journey with you all as well as my new song mixed with Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks “Landslide”. At the tender age of five, I found myself thrown away, abandoned at an emergency psychiatric unit. From there, I was shuffled into a shelter for children deemed un-adoptable, a label that felt like a branding iron searing into my soul. Thirteen long years I spent within the confines of the foster care system, a journey marked by uncertainty, fear, and a longing for my mother’s love. (dad was in prison and wanted me dead)

The scars of childhood trauma ran deep, and they were only compounded by the tragic loss after loss that threatened to consume me whole. The loss of my sister to a senseless violent act of being shot to death and the untimely death of my foster brother (both happening in my teens) – each blow striking deep, leaving wounds that no amount of time could fully heal. In the depths of my despair, I turned to music, seeking solace in its embrace.

Every lyric, every melody became a lifeline, tethering me to reality when all I wanted was to drift away into oblivion. And among them, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac held a special resonance, its haunting beauty a healing moment for my battered soul. Stevie Nicks’ voice carried me through the darkest nights, offering a glimmer of hope when hope felt like a distant memory. Her voice became my lifeline, guiding me through the storm of emotions that threatened to consume me.

My songs became the pages of a diary, chronicling the pain, the loss, and the fragile moments of redemption. In weaving my own words with those of my musical idols, I found a way to give voice to the unspoken anguish that weighed heavily upon me.

Watch Derek’s video about his lifestory in a song with Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks

Why do I continue to share my story, you may wonder? It’s because I know that there are millions out there who are still struggling, who are still searching for a way to heal. I share my story as a beacon of hope, a reminder that healing is possible, that life can move forward, even after the darkest of times.

Why do I continue to lay bare my scars, to relive the traumas of my past before audiences far and wide? Some may wonder why I don’t simply leave the past behind and move on. The answer lies in the countless souls still adrift in the wreckage of their own pain, searching desperately for a beacon of hope to guide them through the darkness.

I share my story not out of a desire for sympathy, but out of a burning conviction that healing is possible, that redemption is within reach for those willing to grasp it. Through therapy, through endless hours of soul-searching, I have found my way back from the brink of despair. And now, I strive to be a source of inspiration for those still struggling to find their footing on the rocky terrain of trauma.

For every shattered heart still longing to be whole, for every soul battered and bruised by the cruelties of fate, I offer these words as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. We may be broken, yes, but we are also masterpieces in the making – each jagged edge a testament to the strength that lies within us all.

And to those who work tirelessly to heal the wounds of others – foster parents, adoptive parents, teachers, mentors – I implore you to see beyond the scars to the tender hearts that lie beneath. Show compassion, extend empathy, and above all, listen – truly listen – to the voices crying out in pain.

For in your hands lies the power to heal, to nurture, and to restore hope to those who have known only darkness. Be the light in their darkest hour, and watch as the shadows recede in the warmth of your love.

To anyone who has faced adversity, who has felt the weight of trauma, I want you to know that you are not alone. We are all broken pieces, but we are also masterpieces in the making. Keep feeling, keep healing, and never give up hope. – Rapping Dad Derek Clark

Reserve Derek Clark to speak at your next foster care conference, CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate, trauma informed care, childhood trauma, ACE’s Adverse Childhood Experiences, teachers, schools, head start, early childhood education or child welfare conference. Derek is a popular conference keynote speaker on childhood trauma and foster care.  Visit Here for more information or to hire Derek and make your event the best one yet.

Derek Clark is available as a Conference Keynote Speaker for Foster Care, Mental Health, Trauma-Informed Care, Early Childhood Development, Childhood Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs, Child Abuse Prevention, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and School Teachers for Professional Development.

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