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"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

Review:

"In this engrossing memoir, college senior Rhodes-Courter chronicles her hardscrabble childhood in foster care, detailing glitches in the system and infringements of laws that led to a string of unsuitable — and sometimes nightmarish — placements for her and her younger half-brother, Luke. Using a matter-of-fact tone at times laced with bitterness, the author recounts how she was wrenched away from her teenage mother at age three and was later removed from her unstable grandfather's home to live in cramped quarters with strangers. She acknowledges that there may have been legitimate reasons for her and Luke's placement in foster care but pointedly criticizes the manner in which she was repeatedly uprooted. She also blames the ineptitude of social workers who, more often than not, acted as advocates for foster parents rather than the children they were assigned to protect. The girl's frequent moves and sporadic mental and physical abuse left emotional scars that affected her even after she was adopted by a loving family (the 'three little words' that change her life are her guarded consent to legal adoption, 'I guess so'). The author's ability to form intelligent, open-minded conclusions about her traumatic childhood demonstrates her remarkable control and insight, and although there are plenty of wrenching moments, she succeeds not in attracting pity but in her stated intention, of drawing attention to the children who currently share the plight that she herself overcame. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this unforgettable memoir, the author, now a college student, recounts her years growing up in the foster care system, revealing painful memories but also her determination to discover the power of her own voice and her refusal to fall through the cracks.

About the Author

Ashley Rhodes-Courter wrote this book as a way to piece together the puzzle of her past and also to thank those who step up for child welfare issues every day. An advocate for adoption and foster care reform, twenty-three-year-old Ashley has been featured in andlt;i andgt;Teen Peopleandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Glamourandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;USA TODAYandlt;/iandgt;. This memoir began as an essay, also titled and#8220;Three Little Words,and#8221; which won a writing contest for students and ran in andlt;i andgt;New York Times Magazineandlt;/iandgt;. Ashley lives in Florida and is a recent graduate from Eckerd College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416948063
Author:
Rhodes-courter, Ashley
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Author:
Rhodes-Courter, Ashley
Author:
Rhodes-Courter,
Author:
Ashley
Subject:
Foster home care
Subject:
Adopted children
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Adopted children -- United States.
Subject:
Foster children -- United States.
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt (spot UV); 4 pg b-w int photos
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
14-17

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Children's » Biographies » Social Activists
Children's » Reference » Family and Genealogy
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Living

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this engrossing memoir, college senior Rhodes-Courter chronicles her hardscrabble childhood in foster care, detailing glitches in the system and infringements of laws that led to a string of unsuitable — and sometimes nightmarish — placements for her and her younger half-brother, Luke. Using a matter-of-fact tone at times laced with bitterness, the author recounts how she was wrenched away from her teenage mother at age three and was later removed from her unstable grandfather's home to live in cramped quarters with strangers. She acknowledges that there may have been legitimate reasons for her and Luke's placement in foster care but pointedly criticizes the manner in which she was repeatedly uprooted. She also blames the ineptitude of social workers who, more often than not, acted as advocates for foster parents rather than the children they were assigned to protect. The girl's frequent moves and sporadic mental and physical abuse left emotional scars that affected her even after she was adopted by a loving family (the 'three little words' that change her life are her guarded consent to legal adoption, 'I guess so'). The author's ability to form intelligent, open-minded conclusions about her traumatic childhood demonstrates her remarkable control and insight, and although there are plenty of wrenching moments, she succeeds not in attracting pity but in her stated intention, of drawing attention to the children who currently share the plight that she herself overcame. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this unforgettable memoir, the author, now a college student, recounts her years growing up in the foster care system, revealing painful memories but also her determination to discover the power of her own voice and her refusal to fall through the cracks.
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