Saturday, February 14, 2015

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

This is the latest book on foster care that I'm reading. I read a lot about foster care. Sometimes I think I read too much about foster care. Let's face it reading about foster care can be depressing.

This book is no different, it can be depressing, but the information it contains was garnered over years of interviews and through lots of academic research and I like that. I would say that To The End Of June is based mainly in New York, but it does branch out and study other foster care systems as they've changed.

Here are a few quotes from the book that touched me:

"Dr. Francine Cournos has written and spoken extensively about child welfare since she was a foster child herself in the late fifties, and she says that still, workers focus too much on rules and protocol rather than on kids' emotional attachments."

"The day somebody asks a foster child, 'Where were you living before your biological mother's? (speaking of a child coming back to care after reunification has failed) How long were you there? How did that work out?'--that will be a very good day."

"It's partly because the system treats foster parents as "interchangeable parts" that they don't do the critical work of attaching to their children. Or they do it and then they stop. They're just like foster kids: they get burned out on the system's entrenched disregard for their love."

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