A House Between Homes: Youth in the Foster Care System

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What would you do if your parents were no longer able to take care of you? Where would you turn for help if your family was harming or neglecting you? Are there people out there who could be a new family for you? Could your parents learn to take care of you the way you deserve? These are just a few of the many frightening questions faced by youth entering the foster care system. Thankfully, there are people who can answer these questions and many places where youth can turn for ...

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What would you do if your parents were no longer able to take care of you? Where would you turn for help if your family was harming or neglecting you? Are there people out there who could be a new family for you? Could your parents learn to take care of you the way you deserve? These are just a few of the many frightening questions faced by youth entering the foster care system. Thankfully, there are people who can answer these questions and many places where youth can turn for help.

In A House Between Homes: Youth in the Foster Care System, you will learn about foster care, laws that govern the system today, and the history of foster care in North America. You will read about the Orphan Trains of the United States and the British Home Children who were sent to Canada. You will also learn about the challenges youth face as they negotiate the circumstances that foster care creates in their lives and about some of the newest and most innovative foster programs. As you read, you will meet Bobby and Cara, a brother and sister who find their family torn apart by abuse and neglect. Their journey through a frightening young childhood, foster care, and an ultimate solution to their displaced lives will teach you a great deal about the foster-care system.

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Gr 6-9-These clearly written titles explain special needs through a combination of fiction and fact. Each chapter begins with a segment of an ongoing story that invites readers into the situation. In Barriers, five teens face different challenges-amputation, CP, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and spinal-cord injury. The characters seem real, and information is conveyed in a natural manner. Color photos and drawings add interest. Lists (types of CP, causes of amputation, do say/don't say) lighten the page layout. In Homes, readers meet two kids in the foster-care system in the fiction section of each chapter. The text then presents an interesting history of foster care, going back to the Babylonian Code. There is also a good explanation of what the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act means for children. The book is illustrated with black-and-white and color photos, primarily of children, and a few line drawings.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Cradled by Uncertainty     11
Coloring Outside the Lines     27
The Discovery     47
Emergency Shelter     57
What's Next?     77
The Waiting Game     91
A New Home     101
Stepping into Tomorrow     111
Further Reading     121
For More Information     122
Glossary     124
Index     126

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