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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us about Loss, Love, and

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"A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling. . . .  Beam gives [foster children] a much-needed voice and does what too many adults in the foster-care system can't, or won't: She advocates for them." -- New York Times Book Review

Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care, looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children at the critical points in their search for a stable, loving family.

The book mirrors the life cycle of a foster child and so begins with the removal of babies and kids from birth families. Theres a teenage birth mother in Texas who signs away her parental rights on a napkin only to later reconsider, crushing the hopes of her babys adoptive parents. Beam then paints an unprecedented portrait of the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the shuffling between pre-adoptive homes and group homes, the emotionally charged tug of prospective adoptive parents and the fundamental pull of birth parents. And then what happens as these system-reared kids become adults? Beam closely follows a group of teenagers in New York who are grappling with what aging out will mean for them and meets a woman who has parented eleven kids from the system, almost all over the age of eighteen, and all still in desperate need of a sense of home and belonging.

Focusing intensely on a few foster families who are deeply invested in the systems success, To the End of June is essential for humanizing and challenging a broken system, while at the same time it is a tribute to resiliency and offers hope for real change.

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A world-renowned child psychiatrist takes us inside his pioneering work with trauma victims to offer a groundbreaking new perspective on how stress and violence affect childrens brains-and how they can be helped to heal

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An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.

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Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses, children raised in closets and cages, and victims of family violence. Here he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

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Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate strategies for rehabilitation, a child psychiatrist explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress--and reveals the measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult.

About the Author

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a Houston-based non-profit organization which promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma. He has served as a consultant to the FBI and is the former Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital, as well as former Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He lives in Houston, Texas and Alberta, Canada. Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning journalist who specializes in science and health. She is the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids and Recovery Options: The Complete Guide with Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part One: Catch

   1.   King Solomons Baby 3

   2.   Eye of the Beholder 18

   3.   Timing Is Anything 38

   4.   Drugs in the System 58

   5.   Catch as Catch Can 73

Part Two: Hold

   6.   Surge Control 97

   7.   Chutes and Ladders and Chutes 117

   8.   Arrested in Development 135

   9.   Taking Agency 157

   10.   Homespun 169

Part Three: Release

   11.   Fantasy Islands 191

   12.   Theres Something About Mary 205

   13.   Experiment 222

   14.   Touching the Elephant 234

   15.   Last Call 252

Epilogue 259

Notes 265

Acknowledgments 299

Index 303

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M Kassapa, February 24, 2011 (view all comments by M Kassapa)
When I try to tell my friends about this book, when I just tell them the title, they're already backing away from my words. Why would anyone want to read the horror stories of traumatized children? Don't we have enough news that turns our stomachs already? Well, now I tell my friends that I found a book that takes the traumatic headlines that deal with children and opens our hearts. This book is written by a very compassionate psychiatrist, and we get to watch his learning curve as he patiently deals with traumatized kids by looking at the stage of their cerebral development when they received the trauma and what kind of nurturing therapy would be appropriate to restore balance that these children have lost and give them a chance to recover and lead normal lives. One of the losses in our fast and competitive society is neglecting to give our children all the love and attention they need as our most vulnerable citizens rather than simply pushing into the fast lane before they're old enough to ask for their basic needs to be met. This book will forever inspire you to treat children with the love and respect they deserve.
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How resilient are small children? This book will give you an insight. A good storyteller shares his experiences and research. If you liked A Child Called "It" you will really enjoy this and learn from it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465056538
Author:
Perry, Bruce
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Beam, Cris
Author:
Szalavitz, Maia
Subject:
Case studies
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Psychopathology - General
Subject:
Pediatrics
Subject:
Abused children
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Subject:
Adoption
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.15 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A world-renowned child psychiatrist takes us inside his pioneering work with trauma victims to offer a groundbreaking new perspective on how stress and violence affect childrens brains-and how they can be helped to heal
"Synopsis" by ,
An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.
"Synopsis" by ,
Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses, children raised in closets and cages, and victims of family violence. Here he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.
"Synopsis" by , Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate strategies for rehabilitation, a child psychiatrist explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress--and reveals the measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult.
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