To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam (Mariner Books, 2013; 338 pages)
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.
This is an incredibly accurate portrait of the American Foster Care, based on real stories. The reading is an unforgettable experience for many reasons. Beam allows us to follow a group of teenagers aging out of the foster care system in New York, teenagers that carry a desperate need of a sense of belonging, a home. The author is not shy about describing the very often exhausting experiences of pre-adoptive homes and group homes, prospective adoptive parents, birth parents, and, of course, the children and teenagers. This is an absolutely fabulous read for anyone interested in understanding the fabric of the American Foster Care System.
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