To the End of June

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-13
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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A powerful look at the lives of foster childrenfrom the removal from family, to time in care, to adoption or aging-outthat asks what can be done to change a system in crisis. There are roughly as many foster kids in this country as there are kids with autism, nearly half a million, and yet autism captures news headlines four times as often. Comparably, we know so much less about their lives and about people who strive to care for foster kids. Filled with passionate voices of children, foster and bio parents, case workers, and reformers, To the End of Junemovingly fills in the gaps. From a baby in Texas whose teenage mother signed away her parental rights on a napkin to teenagers in New York eagerly awaiting nonexistent aging-out entitlements, Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, focuses intensely on a few heartening foster families who are deeply invested in the system's success. Like There Are No Children Here, To the End of Juneis 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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