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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    True Stories From Foster Kids

    When I learned that 70% of New York's homeless were once foster kids, I was shocked. I wanted to find out why and I picked up a novel called, The Heart Knows Something Different. The novel is a collection of short stories written by foster kids. These are the kids whose parents gave them up, the kids who were abused, the kids who thought that no one loved them. Autobiographical peices can be extremely powerful. After I read each story, I looked at the author's name and then flipped to the front of the novel to see his or her picture, the voice of the author became even stonger by doing this. Wunika Hicks, a typical foster child, said, 'I felt completely alone and helpless. I had tried so hard but I hadn't gotten anywhere. I didn't have anyone who understood me.' So now I have a better understanding of why 70% of New York's homeless were foster kids, I read their stories and felt their pain, I learned how poor the foster care system is and the horrible childhoods that many children live. I hope more people will read this novel, The Heart Knows Something Different, and we can work together to create a better life for these children.

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