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On their own : what happens to kids when they age out of the foster care system?

Author: Martha Shirk; Gary J Stangler; Jimmy Carter
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2004.
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"On Their Own tells the compelling stories of ten young people whose lives are full of promise, but who face economic and social barriers stemming from the disruptions of foster care. For other youth, proper preparation for adulthood and support from caring adults helps them develop the resiliency and skills needed for success." "Reporter Martha Shirk and long-time children's advocate Gary Stangler do more than  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Shirk; Gary J Stangler; Jimmy Carter
ISBN: 0813341809 9780813341804
OCLC Number: 54865525
Description: xii, 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: On their own in a world of unknowns --
A tale of three brothers : Jermaine, Jeffrey and Lamar Williams, Brooklyn, New York --
"I know that I'm not alone" : Holly Moffett, Boston, Massachusetts --
"All my life, I had prayed for a family" : Alfonso Torres, Pembroke Pines, Florida --
"I never want to sleep on the street" : Raquel Tolston, San Francisco, California --
"If I'd been tougher" : Casey-Jack Kitos, Lawrence, Kansas --
"I was tired of living that life" : Monica Romero, San Antonio, Texas --
Mentally retarded, mentally ill, and on his own : Reggie Kelsey, Des Moines, Iowa --
"There is life after abuse" : Giselle John, Brooklyn, New York --
What we must do.
Responsibility: Martha Shirk & Gary Stangler ; with a foreword by Jimmy Carter.
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"On Their Own tells the compelling stories of ten young people whose lives are full of promise, but who face economic and social barriers stemming from the disruptions of foster care. For other youth, proper preparation for adulthood and support from caring adults helps them develop the resiliency and skills needed for success." "Reporter Martha Shirk and long-time children's advocate Gary Stangler do more than simply document the struggles of these young men and women. They call for action to provide youth in foster care the same opportunities on the road to adulthood that most of our youth take for granted - access to higher education, vocational training, medical care, housing, and relationships within their communities."--BOOK JACKET.

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