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From the Book Jacket: What would you do if your parents were no longer able to take care of you? Where would you turn for help if your family was harming or neglecting you? Are there people out there who could be a new family for you? Could your parents learn to take care of you the way you deserve? These are just a few of the many frightening questions faced by youth entering the foster care system. Thankfully, there are people who can answer these questions and many places where youth can turn for help. In A House Between Homes: Youth in the Foster Care System, you will learn about foster care, laws that govern the system today, and the history of foster care in North America. You will read about the orphan trains of the United States and the British Home Children who were sent to Canada. You will also learn about the challenges youth face as they negotiate the circumstances that foster care creates in their lives and about some of the newest and most innovative foster programs. As you read, you will meet Bobby and Kara, a brother and sister who find their family torn apart by abuse and neglect. Their journey through a frightening young childhood, foster care, and an ultimate solution to their displaced lives will teach you a great deal about the foster care system.
Thirteen-year-old Ryan Delaney prefers living in a fantasy world. But why would Ryan spend all his time pretending to have a different life? Does the Delaney apartment hold the secret behind Ryan's fantasies? Ryan's friend Will discovers Ryan's dark secret--but what should Will do next? Unfortunately, many young people in our society today live in difficult, unhealthy, and even dangerous circumstances. Not all children are lucky enough to be born into loving families. Not all families are fortunate enough to have the ability to keep their children healthy and safe. Sometimes, young people need protection from things like abuse, neglect, and criminal activities. Thankfully, there are places where young people can turn for this type of help. In Somebody Hear Me Crying: Youth in Protective Services, you will learn about the history, current features, and future possibilities of child protective services. The book's information will help you understand the difficult topic of child abuse and the services available to protect abused children. As you follow Ryan's story, you will learn about the special challenges youth in protective services face and the important role these services play in maintaining the health of our children and society.
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