To the End of June Pdf Summary
“Beam presents both a sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
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 at the critical points in their search for a stable, loving family.
The book mirrors the life cycle of a foster child and so begins with the removal of babies and kids from birth families. There’s a teenage birth mother in Texas who signs away her parental rights on a napkin only to later reconsider, crushing the hopes of her baby’s adoptive parents. Beam then paints an unprecedented portrait of the intricacies of growing up in the system–the back-and-forth with agencies, the shuffling between pre-adoptive homes and group homes, the emotionally charged tug of prospective adoptive parents and the fundamental pull of birth parents. And then what happens as these system-reared kids become adults? Beam closely follows a group of teenagers in New York who are grappling with what aging out will mean for them and meets a woman who has parented eleven kids from the system, almost all over the age of eighteen, and all still in desperate need of a sense of home and belonging.
Focusing intensely on a few foster families who are deeply invested in the system’s success, “To the End of June” is 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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About Cris Beam Author Of To the End of June pdf Book
Cris Beam Author Of To the End of June pdf Book is a journalist who has written for several national magazines as well as for public radio. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia and the New School. She lives in New York.
To the End of June pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- ASIN : B009JWCRJC
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (August 13, 2013)
- Publication date : August 13, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3725 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #536,529 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #126 in Social Services & Welfare (Kindle Store)
- #229 in Adoption (Kindle Store)
- #331 in Social Work (Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 260 ratings
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