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Orphans of the Living: Stories of America's Children in Foster Care

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In an eye-opening look at how America cares for its abused and neglected children, Jennifer Toth travels to foster-care homes, orphanages, and juvenile detention centers to record the poignant, often heroic voices of youngsters trying to survive in an overburdened system.

Jennifer Toth's first book, The Mole People, spurred federal funding for the homeless living in the tunnels under New York City. Now Toth turns her attention to another hidden population — children trapped in the maze of the "substitute care system".

Toth takes readers into the lives of shattered families unable or unwilling to care for their children, exposing the inadequacies of government policies and introducing the foster parents, judges, psychologists, and social workers ill-equipped to handle their often bleak jobs. Most important, she presents the kids who, with humor, hope, and resilience, struggle to overcome society's failure to provide for its youngest citizens.

"The strength...lies in her empathy with her subjects, her willingness to let them have their say and the evident determination not to edit out what makes them so difficult to help". — Celia Dugger, The New York Times Book Review

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For this eye-opening look at how America cares for its abused and neglected children, Toth traveled to foster-care homes, orphanages, and juvenile detention centers to record the poignant, often heroic voices of youngsters trying to survive in an overburdened system.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684844800
Author:
Toth, Jennifer
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Foster children
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.64 oz

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care
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