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To the End of JuneMirrors the the End of PDF #202 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. This was not a book that outlines the policies and statistics of foster care Nor does it provide many suggestions for improvements But that's OK the author states at the very beginning that this book is anecdotal but she hopes by bringing the stories of real people in it will help people to discuss the policies and procedures of foster careDespite the fact that this book was mostly anecdote and people's individual stories I did learn a lot about foster care especially in my home state of New York My kids periodically have students in their classes who are in foster care including two fairly large group homes in the neighborhood one therapeutic one not I believe after reading this book I already knew that family reunification is usually the ultimate goal for these kids but I did not know that moves from family to family to group home etc is often due to happenstance rules and lack of coordination between agencies than to the needs of the child or even child misbehavior Although the book left me with uestions than answers is it good or bad to have the foster system linked with the juvenile justice system Is it better to give states a per diem or a flat fee for kids in care Should reunification or early release for adoption be the goal for kids I did come away with ideas for a few practical fixes to improve a system that will always have flaws because the kids are in such tough and complicated situations For instance keep track of the families kids have been in and have good matches be the first family a kid goes back to if they get pulled from their biological family again Bring services to the kids where they are at rather than reuiring them to come to another borough Try to place kids in foster families where the parents speak the same language as the kids Elevate the job of caseworker and have a traininginternship period for caseworkers Of course these all cost money but even investing money in a good computer tracking system might save a lot of money in the long run I didn't walk away from this book with a huge amount of hope but I was inspired by all the people who were highlighted that have the strength soft skills and stamina to provide hope and help to these neediest of kids Just having someone there to come back to is huge

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Beam presents End of Epub #221 both a sharp critiue of foster care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family Publishers Weekly starred reviewWho 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 To the ePUB #10003 the world of foster care looking into these uestions 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 familyThe book. Fairly well written book about a heartbreaking subject abused abandoned and anonymous children stuck in the country's foster care system I read some criticism of the author's clear political bias Set aside the fact that the author is herself a child of abandonment and a member of the LGBT community how does one write about victimization and not have it come across as liberal minded This is about children who are often born victims and the trajectory their lives follow because of it I think than an agenda the author had an arsenal of facts first hand and otherwise that illuminated a system that is not only broken but continually being fixed by policy and decision makers who are themselves broken You have only to look at major and minor city streets littered in a real and symbolic way with loitering young people to know that what you're reading is true Some people characterize facts as agenda Worth reading There wasn't anything in here that was particularly eye opening but it was told in a relatively clear concise manner In the end I think the author concluded though she may not have come right out and said that this is a problem that will be around Until the 12th of Never And that's a long long time

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To the End of June review º eBook or Kindle ePUB Í [PDF / Epub] ☆ To the End of June By Cris Beam – Beam presents both a sharp critiue of foster care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family Publishers Weekly starred reviewWho are the children of foster care What as a country do BeWhat 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 belongingFocusing 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 chan. I read nonfiction regularly but I am likely to gulp mysteries and fantasies than nonfiction I gobbled Cris Beam's To the End of June The Intimate Life of AmericanFoster Care She compellingly and insightfully combined case studies statistics and theory about foster care especially about teenagers in foster careBeam concluded that we both are failing at foster care eg no state meets than two of seven federal criteria for successful care and that our failures have long term conseuences for these children and teens in terms of increased homelessness low rates of college attendance poor relationships increased crime and problems getting and holding jobsTo be clear our failures don't just affect these children and teens they affect the US society and economyThe cause As Beam concludes Is the root problem there one of poverty ineuitable opportunities institutionalized racism or one giant pileup of minor discriminations Again the answer is yes yes yes and yes p 63Nonetheless there is no easy solution If poverty and its attendant burdens— depression anxiety drug use heightened community violence paucity of support systems and so on— can sow the seeds for child abuse then child welfare needs to go back to prevention But this is a tall order for one sprawling and splintered administration which has always been reactionary it treats symptoms not disease The solution as it has always been is bigger than foster care bigger than abuse; the real solution will be rooted in society as a whole pp 63 64 While the ultimate cause is unclear and it remains uncertain why so many children especially why so many African American children are being removed from their homes one problem is clear and can be addressed each move means another ruptured attachment another break in trust another experience of being unwanted or unloved pp 89 90 As Beam concludes too many children are traumatized by being in foster care which focuses on housing than attachment Further because the system focuses on housing and often has foster parents who are unprepared to deal with traumatized children foster children hit 18 or 21 unprepared for the adult world My own daughter's foster parents were wonderful but should have been allowed to adopt her rather than having her given to usI wish the uality of the research available on foster children and their birth foster and adoptive parents was better Beam outlines interesting observations and some useful hypotheses but it is not clear that there is good controlled research availableAs an aside there were several places where Beam misused psychological terms eg referring to Erik Erikson as a social psychologist A small complaint about an otherwise beautiful book