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Casey takes Adam in, believing all will be well and back to normal, reassuring him as well as herself. In A Different Home, Jessie tells us her story of being placed in foster care. At first she is worried and has lots of questions. The new home is not like her old home -- she has a different bedroom, different clothes, and there's different food for breakfast. She also misses her family. When Jim and Debbie, her foster parents, answer her questions she begins to feel better and see that this different home is kind of nice.
Three Little Words is eye-opening, breathtaking and painful. The memoir account of Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been widely acclaimed since it was published in She tells her unique story, but thousands of others must have their own variations, some happier, some more tragic than others. Ashley was blessed with the opportunity to relay the details of her childhood in order to bring nation-wide awareness to the great challenges and obstacles these young people face in a particularly delicate time of life. Ashley Rhodes-Courter was a strong willed and intelligent girl.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Trying to stay afloat amid occasional longed-for visits from her unreliable mother, a blend of irritation with and need for her younger brother, a sustained stay in an abusive foster home, and a high-speed revolving door of case workers and other officials, she finally acquired a champion in her court-appointed advocate and eventually found an adoptive home with the Courter family. Though settling into a new family wasn't easy, Ashley ultimately discovered security with the Courters, and she has since become an advocate for children in care. This is a sobering chronicle, and Rhodes-Courter is candid about her own behaviors and attitudes as well as her experiences, never overdramatizing herself as a wounded innocent, just a real kid who's understandably troubled by her experiences. The indictment of the children's services agencies, especially Florida's, is clear and well made, with sheer bureaucratic carelessness the source of much of the author's lost and misplaced childhood, and the book gains considerable energy at the end when Rhodes-Courter participates in a lawsuit against Florida for their placement [End Page ] of children in an obviously abusive foster home. Most of the book, however, is raw and unshaped, feeling like a draft for a memoir rather than a finished product; references to people and events appear randomly and lack explanation, emotional context is often absent, and follow-through on issues raised is inconsistent.
With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system. Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family.