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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
Publisher: [New York] : Basic Books, 2006, ©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. This book calls 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Shirk; Gary J Stangler
ISBN: 0465077668 9780465077663
OCLC Number: 71205478
Description: x, 326 pages : illustrations ; 21 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" : Patty Mueller, 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 is meant to serve as a clarion call not only to policymakers, but to all Americans who care about the future of our young people.  Read more...

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"On Their Own is a must-read account... for all Americans who care about children." President Jimmy Carter"

 
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