A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

by Martha Randolph Carr



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591025108
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Martha Randolph Carr (New York, NY) is the creator and executive director of the Shared Abundance Foundation and the Family Tree Project. Carr is also a journalist who frequently writes for the Washington Post; a columnist for Meredith Viera’s Web site, www.ClubMom.com, and www.IdealLives.com; and the author of the film scripts A Cardboard Fable and Wired and the novels Wired and The Sitting Sisters.

What People are Saying About This

Heidi Goldsmith

"The American public needs light shed on the important and reemerging option of boarding schools and children's homes for children and youth whose families cannot care for them! Martha Randolph Carr has the will, the skills, and the passion to do this. She will share both the overall struggles of individuals and communities to help these young people, and the individual success stories. With people looking at alternative schools, charter schools, and new ways of learning, let us reconsider the former "orphanage" as a valuable solution for at-risk youth."--(Heidi Goldsmith, Founder, Executive Director, CORE: Coalition for Residential Education)

Lillian Vernon

"Martha Randolph Carr captures the story of a mother's journey to save herself and her son by letting go and finding miracles in America's orphanages. Children's homes are a success story that have been hidden away for too long and Carr's message is inspirational for us all."--(Lillian Vernon, founder of Lillian Vernon Corporation)

Bob Danzig

"For all who face life changes--Martha Randolph Carr has "roadmapped" a guide to get readers to the "other side" and know that change and challenge is worth embracing. She invites the reader to that journey through the engaging mechanism of the 'change stories' in those facilities once known as orphanages. You will see the parallels in your own life-change victories."--(Bob Danzig, former CEO/ Hearst Newspapers/ Author/ Speaker)

Richard McKenzie

"Martha Carr's proposed study of child care systems worldwide could not be more timely. I am convinced that there will be a sizable worldwide market for her findings for the general public. Ms. Carr has a demonstrated track record for taking on such a research project and writing the kind of book that will have a broad audience. I commend her efforts. I can't help but believe that she will produce a highly commercial book that will change the way the world thinks about childcare options."--(Richard McKenzie, Executive Producer of "Homecoming: The Forgotten World of America's Orphanages" and Author of Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century)

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Martha Randolph Carr makes a strong case that the Victorian image painted by Dickens of orphanages is untrue in modern day America. Instead the author believes that residential education facilities (REFs) are safe nurturing places to raise orphans and troubled youth that are as good and in many ways superior to foster care as many provide needed counseling. The founder of the Shared Abundance Foundation that provides scholarships to orphans, Ms. Carr uses anecdotal evidence including that of her son to argue that REFs should be considered a prime option for at risk children especially since they are cheaper and provide professional help. Interestingly the anecdotes lead to an inspiring somewhat autobiographical account as the story of Ms. Carr and her son will touch readers more so than her support of REFs. Still A PLACE TO CALL HOME will add to the debate of what is nest for an orphaned or troubled child as Ms. Carr brings REFs into the social conscience of choice --- Harriet Klausner