A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time

A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time


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In the tradition of The Promise of a Pencil and Kisses from Katie comes an inspirational memoir by the founder of Comfort Cases about his turbulent childhood in the foster care system and the countless obstacles and discrimination he endured in adopting his four children.

Rob Scheer never thought that he would be living the life he is now. He’s happily married to his partner and love of his life, he’s the father of four beautiful children, and he’s the founder of an organization that makes life better for thousands of children in the foster care system.

But life wasn’t always like this.

Growing up in an abusive household before his placement in foster care, Rob had all the odds stacked against him. Kicked out of his foster family’s home within weeks after turning eighteen—with a year left of high school to go—he had to resort to sleeping in his car and in public bathrooms. He suffered from drug addiction and battled with depression, never knowing when his next meal would be or where he would sleep at night. But by true perseverance, he was able to find his own path and achieve his wildest dreams.

“A heartwarming, hopeful memoir brimming with humanitarianism and compassion” (Kirkus Reviews), Rob’s story provides a glimpse into what it’s like to grow up in the foster care system, and sheds necessary light on the children who are often treated without dignity. Both a timely call to action and a courageous and candid account of life in the foster care system, A Forever Family ultimately leaves you with one message: one person can make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501196645
Publisher: Gallery/Jeter Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 412,699
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rob Scheer is the founder of Comfort Cases, a charity whose mission is to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to the nearly 437,500 youth in foster care in the United States. He lives with his husband and children in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 What We Don't Talk About 5

2 What I Remember 13

3 Coming Back 23

4 One with Another 33

5 A New Kind of Empty 45

6 Where to Go 57

7 A Mother 67

8 The Saddest Girl in the World 79

9 Reunion 89

10 Boys 99

11 Out 129

12 Union 141

13 Rodger's Gift 161

14 Trials 171

15 Reece 189

16 Bonding Studies 197

17 The Power of Names 207

18 He's My Son 221

19 Just Children 241

20 A Thousand Words 255

21 The Future We All Have 277

Acknowledgments 291

Appendix: Ways to Get Involved 293

Notes 303

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