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Three Little Wordsby Ashley Rhodes-courter
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An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"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.
Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in 14 different foster homes. In this unforgettable memoir, the author 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.
Forty-four caseworkers, fourteen foster homes, and one girl who refused to fall through the cracks. Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. 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. Her painful memories of being taken from her home give way to the real-life horrors of being juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from an abusive foster family. But with three little words, Ashley discovers the power of her own voice and is able to break free from the past.
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.
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