Pelzer, David J.

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Pelzer was the third of five children of alcoholic parents. His father deserted the family, and David was horrifically physically abused from the age of four by his alcoholic birth mother (herself abused by her parents) and then he spent nine years, from age 12, in foster care in a number of placements. When he left care he joined the Air Force and served in the Gulf war.

He was the only American to receive the Outstanding Young Person of the Year award given at the World Congress in 1995 in Japan and in 1993, he was chosen as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Pelzer, David J. The Lost Boy. (Deefield Beach: Health Communications: 1997)
Pelzer, David J. A Child Called 'It': An Abused Child's Journey from Victim to Victor. (Deerfield Beach: Health Communications: 1995)
Keller Graduate School of Management. "David's Story." Available at:


20th Century
21st Century
Social Services and Social Sciences
Formal, American/European-Type Fostering
School-age Years, Adolescence
Child Removed from Home by Social Services
Parental Relationship Breakdown, Divorce
Parental Illness (Mental or Physical), Addiction
Others ("Strangers")
Disrupted or Failed Placements
Parents Separated or Divorced
Birth Sibling(s) Separated
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