On their own : what happens to kids when they age out of the foster care system? /
Martha Shirk & Gary Stangler ; with a foreword by Jimmy Carter.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2004.
xii, 307 p.
0813341809 (hardcover)
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2004.
0813341809 (hardcover)
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
This forthright, overdue argument for better services to assist young people aging out of the foster care system in the US is very accessible, written in a blunt, journalistic style. Shirk (a reporter) and Stangler (executive director of Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative) open with a review of key issues these young people face and end with concrete recommendations for personal, institutional, and governmental interventions. The bulk of the book consists of eight case studies, each focusing on a key issue faced by youths in and after foster care. While the intersection of such issues in the lives of individual youths may thus be neglected, the case studies together convey a breadth of challenges that they encounter. The authors only indirectly tackle the overall structure of the foster care system and broader patterns of social inequality. There is an unfortunate middle-class tone to the book, especially as it positions foster care as outside the personal experience of readers or their children. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and practitioners. R. C. Raby Brock University
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Table of Contents
Introduction : on their own in a world of unknownsp. 1
A tale of three brothers : Jermaine, Jeffrey, and Lamar Williams, Brooklyn, New Yorkp. 17
"I know that I'm not alone" : Holly Moffett, Boston, Massachusettsp. 45
"All my life, I had prayed for a family" : Alfonso Torres, Pembroke Pines, Floridap. 75
"I never want to sleep on the street" : Raquel Tolston, San Francisco, Californiap. 109
"If I'd been tougher" : Casey-Jack Kitos, Lawrence, Kansasp. 137
"I was tired of living that life" : Monica Romero, San Antonio, Texasp. 159
Mentally retarded, mentally ill, and on his own : Reggie Kelsey, Des Moines, Iowap. 185
"There is life after abuse" : Giselle John, Brooklyn, New Yorkp. 215
Conclusion : what we must dop. 245
Adoption and foster care analysis and reporting system (AFCARS) reportp. 269
Exits to emancipation, fiscal 2000p. 275
State allocations for John Chafee Foster care independence programp. 277
Jim Casey youth opportunity initiative opportunity passport sitesp. 279
Resources on foster care, youth transition, and developmentp. 281
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