Growing up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids

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  • ISBN-13: 9780982451007
  • Publisher: William Gladden Foundation
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    It is rare to have a book where the authors joined by friends and colleagues share their most personal childhood experiences in the foster care system which than can become a powerful training manual for the "seasoned: child-care professional as well as the beginner. As a retired CEO of a large foster-care system this book is a must read for systemic change. Arlin Ness, President Emeritus, Starr Commonwealth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    Fascinating Book - Highly Recommend

    I grew up in the foster care system and the 11 chapter authors in this book nailed it. I could relate to all of their experiences, and their recommendations for changing the system are spot on. I sure do hope that some of the powers that be find this wonderful book and learn about what must be changed in a system that often treats kids like dirt. Way to go Drs. Brown and Seita!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    I have never taken my nurturing, loving home environment for gra

    I have never taken my nurturing, loving home environment for granted. After reading "Growing Up in the Care of Strangers," the phrase "taken for granted" is way too inadequate to describe the gratitude I feel for my good fortune as relates to the stability and nurturing childhood I experienced.

    This book compiles true stories and accounts of the pain, sadness and cruelty many people lived through "in the care of strangers." As difficult as the subject matter may be, the authors deftly navigated the content with compassion and realism that leaves a reader moved, but also hopeful that bringing light to this dark subject can result in the hope of positive improvements to a very flawed system.

    It does no one any good to hide from the inequities and imperfections that exist in our society. This extremely well-written, thought-provoking book will motivate others to take action, whatever form that may be.

    This book makes you stop and think... then think again... and makes you want to somehow, some way, do something, however small, to change a clearly imperfect and defective system.

    Sue Cassidy, Author of "Cooking With Clyde: Fabulous Food With My Feline Friend"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Interesting read...

    As a new foster parent, I picked up this book to listen to the voices of former foster children reflect on their experiences. Found their perspectives and experiences enlightening and hope that I can use my new understanding and insights in an effective way as I continue to foster. Highly recommend for any foster parent as each individual author has a unique story.

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