By the age of four, Roger Dean Kiser had been abandoned, first by his parents and then his grandparents and placed in a Florida orphanage. Unable to adapt to the difficult, often cruel and abusive environment of the orphanage, and stigmatized by his repeated attempts to run away, he was transferred to a Florida reform school at age twelve.

Roger's poignant recollections of his painful childhood experiences will take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care.


Purchase Roger Dean Kiser's audio CD, The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser - Volume I for only $12.95 (shipping included). The audio CD features 11 true, heartfelt stories and an interview with the author.

Sample Story: "The Whale Sound"

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Now an adult, Roger Dean Kiser writes about his childhood along with his current day tales. A real-life Tom Sawyer, Roger's stories find a common ground in each of us. Roger Dean Kiser is a simple man with only a sixth grade education yet he possesses a wonderful ability, storytelling. 0000. Read More




I would like to thank all of you who have supported my efforts to help orphan and abused children here in the United States and abroad. The American Orphan Foundation, founded by Wayne Evers and I, is once again planning another Christmas in July Party for another orphanage. We sure could use a little help to make life a just a little better for the children who do not have the love of a family or parents to guide them.

I have continued my efforts to write and have recorded more of my stories onto another audio CD titled “AMERICAN ORPHAN-The Best of Roger Dean Kiser. Volume #1 and #2.” The CD “The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser-Volume #1” is still available and can be purchased at the link below.

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Many tell me that it is impossible to save all the children. All I know is that no one came to save me, and the other children, in that terrible Jacksonville, Florida orphanage. I may not be able to save all the children but I will continue to try and ease their sorrow with gifts, as best I can.

- Roger Dean Kiser



Between Edward Asner’s bustling, award winning acting career and a busy political agenda he has still made himself available to lend his support and voice to Roger Dean Kiser.

Asner is credited as a factor in the publishing of Kiser’s first book Orphan in 2001 and was the Executive Producer on the short film The Bully, written and directed by Nicholas Delfino and adapted from the Kiser short story by the same name.

More recently he recorded two of Kiser’s works "Butterflies" and "Elvis Died in a Florida Barber College" as audio stories for Bear-Buca Entertainment. Asner has also been very supportive in the development of a possible feature film or television series based on Kiser’s stories. Read More


A childhood bully, a chance meeting, and the unexpected choices the circumstance reveals is the premise for the story by film maker Nicholas Delfino. Read More

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