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The heart knows something different : teenage voices from the foster care system

Author: Al Desetta; Youth Communication (Organization)
Publisher: New York : Persea Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"How well can a bureaucracy replace the family? For the more than 450,000 children living in foster care, this question is crucial. Yet, when the public tries to peer into this largely hidden world, administrators frequently invoke the need for "confidentiality." And the young people themselves - those who really know what foster care is like - are rarely heard." "Now, for the first time, The Heart Knows Something  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Heart knows something different.
New York : Persea Books, ©1996
(OCoLC)604901004
Online version:
Heart knows something different.
New York : Persea Books, ©1996
(OCoLC)607781345
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Al Desetta; Youth Communication (Organization)
ISBN: 0892552158 9780892552153 0892552182 9780892552184
OCLC Number: 34046711
Description: xxiv, 232 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Forward / Jonathan Kozol --
FAMILY --
Questions without answers / Shaniqua Sockwell --
Six months on the run from the BCW / Shawan Raheem Samuels --
My foster mother is my best friend / Omar Sharif --
I lost my brother to adoption / Wunika Hicks --
She'll always be my mother / Wunika Hicks --
My crew was my family / Craig Jaffe --
Short takes : remembering family / Ishan Grant, Peggy Roedeshimer, Larita Bishop, Kareem Powell, Laura White. LIVING IN THE SYSTEM --
My day in the group home / Carlford Wadley --
Finding a father in the system / Clarissa Venable --
Sista on the run (from the past) / Wunika Hicks --
Why I'm better off in a foster care / Angela Rutman --
Can the counselors keep a secret? / Anonymous --
Making a new family / Lorraine Fonseca --
Why are you doing this, Mr. Jones? / Anonymous --
How can I become a stronger mother? / Anzula B. Richardson --
Peer pressure and me / Craig Jaffe --
Kicked to the curb at twenty-one / Rick Bullard --
My group home scapegoat / Angela Rutman --
A Three-point shooter / Max Morán --
Short takes : if I ran foster care / Anita Nieves. Anthony McMahon, Brooke Mongomery, Miranda Kent. WHO AM I? --
How I lived a double life / Omar Sharif --
Why no one knows that I am a foster child / Shaniqua Sockwell --
Keeping it on the down low / Lenny Jones --
What they say behind our backs / Lenny Jones --
Kicked out because I was Gay / Shameek Williamson --
My friend Marisol / Angi Baptiste --
Is stealing my addiction? / Anonymous --
Phat flows, honeys, and the booms / Shawan Raheem Samuels --
I'm the mommy now / Jessica DeSince --
Who's the real "problem child"? / Marcus J. Howell --
Short takes : who will I become? / Max Morán, Anonymous, Dhanisha Jarecha, Zerlena Ronda. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE --
From fighter to a friend / Kenyetta Ivy --
Staying with the hurt / Tasheen Davis --
My family secret / Tieysha McVay --
Therapy changed my life / Lenny Jones --
How I made peace with the past / Paula Byrd --
Facing the problem / Eliott Castro --
A Loner in the group home / Mohamed Khan --
I won't abuse my kids / Saretta Andrea Burkett --
Writing taught me about myself / Omar Sharif --
A Vacation from Mr. Hope / Wunika Hicks --
Messages from the writer / Craige Jaffe, W;unika Hicks, Lenny Jones, Tieysha McVay, Carlford Wadley, Saretta Andrea Burkett.
Responsibility: Youth Communication ; edited by Al Desetta ; foreword by Jonathan Kozol.

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"How well can a bureaucracy replace the family? For the more than 450,000 children living in foster care, this question is crucial. Yet, when the public tries to peer into this largely hidden world, administrators frequently invoke the need for "confidentiality." And the young people themselves - those who really know what foster care is like - are rarely heard." "Now, for the first time, The Heart Knows Something Different gives them a voice. In well-crafted narratives that are remarkable for their candor, range of experience, and hard-won insight, more than three dozen young writers (ages 15-20) provide an insider's view of growing up in "the system."" "In his Foreword, Jonathan Kozol writes, "The dominant theme in this book ... is the power of transcendent moral courage in so many of these young survivors ... [T]here is a special miracle at stake when affirmation of this sort is voiced by those who are surrounded by the symbols of destruction as they speak." Intimate and honest, The Heart Knows Something Different shows us, from the inside, looking out, the mix of pain and fear, and sometimes hope and happiness that the foster care experience involves."--Jacket.

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