Somebody Hear Me Crying: Youth in Protective Services

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Thirteen-year-old Ryan Delaney prefers living in a fantasy world. But why would Ryan spend all his time pretending to have a different life? Does the Delaney apartment hold the secret behind Ryan's fantasies? Ryan's friend, Will, discovers Ryan's dark secret, but what should Will do next? Unfortunately, many young people in our society today live in difficult, unhealthy, and even dangerous circumstances. Not all children are lucky enough to be born into loving families. Not all families are fortunate enough to ...

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Overview

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Delaney prefers living in a fantasy world. But why would Ryan spend all his time pretending to have a different life? Does the Delaney apartment hold the secret behind Ryan's fantasies? Ryan's friend, Will, discovers Ryan's dark secret, but what should Will do next? Unfortunately, many young people in our society today live in difficult, unhealthy, and even dangerous circumstances. Not all children are lucky enough to be born into loving families. Not all families are fortunate enough to have the ability to keep their children healthy and safe. Sometimes, young people need protection from things like abuse, neglect, and criminal activities. Thankfully, there are places where young people can turn for this type of help. In Somebody Hear Me Crying: Youth in Protective Services, you will learn about the history, current features, and future possibilities of child protective services. The book's information will help you understand the difficult topic of child abuse and the services available to protect abused children. As you follow Ryan's story, you will learn about the special challenges youth in protective services face and the important role these services play in maintaining the health of our children and society.

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Ryan has a secret. He cannot tell his friends about it. He is not excited about it as most thirteen-year-old boys may be about a secret. His is a secret that no one must know. His secret is one of shame—one of how his family really lives. Ryan comes from a home with an alcoholic mother and an abusive father. Daily he struggles with his mom's drunkenness, abuse, a filthy apartment, and the lies he must tell others to cover up what really is going on. He dreams about living a "normal" life like his friends. But he knows that it is a nearly impossible dream for him. However, one day Ryan discovers that his mother has passed out and he cannot wake her up. He has to call for help. Through the doctors, counselors, and Child Protective Services (CPS) Ryan discovers a whole new world he didn't know existed. This informative book tells how Child Protective Services helps abused children like Ryan. They also try to help families get back together if that is what is best. While reading this book, teachers, parents, and children will learn how to look for signs of abuse, how to report abuse confidentially, and how CPS works to help families. It is part of the "Youth with Special Needs" series. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers Inc, Ages 12 up.
—Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590847398
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Youth with Special Needs Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Ryan's World     11
Saturday Diversion     27
A Job and a "Friend"     41
Noticing Ryan     53
What's Next?     65
Coming Together     81
Helping Hands     97
A New Beginning     111
Further Reading     122
For More Information     123
Glossary     124
Index     126

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