To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

byCris Beam

Kobo ebook | October 9, 2018

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A New York Times Notable Book that “casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system” (NPR’s On Point).
 
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 in their search for a stable, loving family.
 
Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.
 
“A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.” —The New York Times
 
“[A] powerful . . . and refreshing read.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful.” —Salon

Title:To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster CareFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 9, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547999534

ISBN - 13:9780547999531

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from More problems than answers. Great perspectives. I read this book because I know a lot of people who have experiences with foster care. (My mother was a CASA, who is essentially an advocate for a foster child, and my best friend was a CASA, adopted one child, and is in the process of adopting another.) My partner and I have also kept in mind the idea of foster-to-adopt. This is one of those books that is a necessary read and will make you so frustrated. There really are no easy answers to the multiple problems associated with the foster care system. You follow quite a few characters around (I totally lost track, but that's not crucial and perhaps just adds to the massive problem), and there's a lot of sadness and futility with the system. There are pockets of hope as well. I like this resource because I feel like interacting with the foster care system (and maybe even fixing parts of it) requires full knowledge of all the problems. There's no one solution to the problem, but I got at least two lessons out of this book: 1.) As hard as it might be, don't demonize people and point fingers at them; it really dehumanizes them to make decisions easier, but these are still humans (flawed as they are) that are involved; and 2.) We need to keep trying things. We can't just be frustrated and sit in hopelessness. These people deserve better, and there are things we can do that will make this better. Or they won't. But we need to try.
Date published: 2015-04-30

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A New York Times Notable Book that “casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system” (NPR’s On Point).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 in their search for a stable, loving family.Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.“A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.” —The New York Times“[A] powerful . . . and refreshing read.” —Chicago Tribune“A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful.” —Salon