Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond

Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond

by Deborah Gold

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821422977
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2018
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 993,021
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Deborah Gold is the pseudonym of a teacher, writer, and former foster parent. Licensed as foster parents for fifteen years, she and her husband eventually gained custody of two siblings.

Table of Contents

Mine & Yours, poem Michael age thirteen 1

I A Foster Family's Initiation

Zero to One Hundred 5

The Questions 94

II Learning the Road

DSS: Department of Social Services 109

Dry Creek Drive: The Highway to Hell, essay Michael 119

The Poem of Hell on Earth, poem Michael 121

Counting Down: Reunification 123

The Pickup Line 132

Gel Pens 138

In a Prison, essay Michael 148

What's in Your Toolbox? poem Michael 151

A Fork in the Road, essay Michael 153

Cleaning Up for DSS 157

She Said Yes 166

Shepherd's Way, essay Michael 168

III Reading around the Curves

Cody 173

The Fast and the Furious, or Other Visions of Cody 179

IV Door to Door, House to House

Halloween, essay Michael 207

Hallowtide 210

Uncle Jonah, essay Michael 230

Make It Stop Now, poem Michael 241

Coda: Coin in the Air 243

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deborah Gold’s, Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond, is a beautiful and poignant story of love, commitment, strength, and understanding. Foster and adoptive parents are its natural audience however Ms. Gold is such an engaging writer that anyone could appreciate this inspirational story about the difficult and often disheartening subject of foster parenting. She shares her 15 year journey through the foster care system with much honesty and some humor whether it’s about her own thoughts and feelings, managing the competing interests of the foster care system, or her at times complicated involvement with a birth family and a birth mother, also striving to do what they believed was “right” for the children. Counting Down is an excellent memoir underscoring persistence, acceptance and hope.