Thursday, September 20, 2012

Recommended Reads

Read this amazing account of Kathy Harrison’s 13 year experience as a foster parent. for an inside look at someone on the front lines of the child welfare system.

This endearing little gem is an amazing treasure for any adopted child.  It follows a conversation that Mama fox has with Little Fox about “when God found us you, you made me the happiest mama in the world.”

Dave Pelzer books

This is an intense account of the severe abuse that Dave Pelzer suffered as a child. I would highly recommend any of his books it for anyone working with children or with any victims of abuse.

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

Haven’t Read these yet, but they look amazing!

Help Yourself for Teens: Real-Life Advice for Real-Life Challenges - Dave Pelzer
Sharing stories of his own adolescent struggles—fighting for his life against his alcoholic mother and enduring outrageous oppression at the hands of bullies and false friends—Pelzer imparts advice to help young people rise above their circumstances and achieve greatness. He offers teenagers practical solutions for overcoming their own hardships, focusing on three areas: facing current and past problems; realizing the importance of decisions; and finally, never giving up on oneself. Through it all, Pelzer never lets hisreaders forget that they alone have control over the outcomes of their lives.

The Privilege of Youth:  - Dave Pelzer 
In The Privilege of Youth, Pelzer shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood.  With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still shares close relationships with today.  He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring his neighborhood, while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home.

Three Little Words: A Memoir  - Ashley Rhodes-CourterAn inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.

The Language of Flowers
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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