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To the End of June

The Intimate Life Of American Foster Care

By Cris Beam

"A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling. . . .  Beam gives [foster children] a much-needed voice and does what too many adults in the foster-care system can't, or won't: She advocates for them." -- New York Times Book 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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2013

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Format: Book
Author: Beam, Cris
Summary: An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.
Title: To the end of June : the intimate life of American foster care / Cris Beam.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Subject: Foster home care -- United States
Isbn: 9780151014125 0151014124
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Call Number: 362.73309 Bea
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Format: Book
Author: Beam, Cris
Summary: An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.
Title: To the end of June : the intimate life of American foster care / Cris Beam.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Description: xvii, 313 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Foster home care -- United States
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Preface -- Catch -- King Solomon's baby -- Eye of the beholder -- Timing is anything -- Drugs in the system -- Catch as catch can -- Hold -- Surge control -- Chutes and ladders and chutes -- Arrested in development -- Taking agency -- Homespun -- Release -- Fantasy islands -- There's something about Mary -- Experiment -- Touching the elephant -- Last call -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Acknowledgments.
LCCN: 2013001331
ISBN: 9780151014125
ISBN: 0151014124
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Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 362.73309 Bea