Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Patrice Keet and Melissa LaHommedieu share the story of foster care tragedies and triumphs in "Melissa Come Back"


Patrice Keet and Melissa LaHommedieu are co-authors of the just-released book Melissa Come Back.

Patrice Keet was a marriage and family therapist for thirty years with experience in private practice and school settings. She hosted a talk radio program called “Heart to Heart” on KNRY in Seaside for two years, co-founded a children’s museum in Santa Cruz, CA, served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and raised two of her own children – in addition to being a non-traditional mother to Melissa and her two daughters. This is her first book.

Melissa LaHommedieu is a supervising social worker for the County of Santa Cruz where she specializes in matching individuals and families with stable housing solutions. She is the proud mother of two college-aged daughters and a star performer in her local karaoke scene. Melissa is a regular speaker at events supporting foster care programs. She is a proud member of the Board of directors of CASA of Santa Cruz County.