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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
There are more than 450,000 children living in foster care. The Heart Knows Something Different collects over three dozen personal narratives by young writers, ages 15 to 20, and provides an insider's account of growing up in "the system." It takes us into a world largely hidden from public view, and attests to the mix of pain and fear, and sometimes hope, and sometimes ev ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Persea
(first published May 1st 1996)
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Shows an inside look adolescents in foster care. Themes of hope and of pain are prevalent throughout the book. I really appreciated seeing how the stereotypes of youth in foster care were broken down. The book is outdated in relation to foster care, though. The system still needs work, but most adolescents aren't in the system for the length of time these writers were. The US of group homes is also dramatically declining today. It is a good look into the history of the system, though.
A book filled with individual stories written by youth in foster care in the early '90's. A perfect read if you want to see how it is through the eyes of the children on care. I highly recommend this book to those that are considering opening their homes, to current foster families, and even to youth that are in care as a guide to let them know they aren't alone.
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