On Their Own: What Happens To Kids When They Age Out Of The Foster Care System (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/8/17
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"On Their Own is a must-read account... for all Americans who care about children." President Jimmy Carter" --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。
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The book is amazing for someone who doesn't understand the foster care system. Even though I work with foster kids and understand some of the interworkings, it allowed me better understanding. I had my mom read the book as well. The forward by Jimmy Carter is amazing as well. Good read if you enjoy learning about social issues.
Kids in foster care often lack basic skills. When you go from one foster home to another, you never stay long enough to learn. If each foster home is in a different neighborhood, you end up switching schools constantly. You'll be uprooted every few months, never learning anything in school or at home.
If you choose to take in foster children, you have to accept that they can be angry and hostile and moody. They may hate you with a vengeance and not want to take orders from you. But your primary goal should be to teach them how to live. You need to take them to the supermarket and teach them how to buy pasta, bread, and meat. You need to show them how to cook, clean the pots, and buy food within a budget. You must teach them how to launder their clothes, and since not all buildings have washing machines, you teach them to use the laundromat.
I taught scores of boys and girls who were raised by foster parents or by relatives. They couldn't take care of themselves, and life was impossible for them once they turned 18 and were out on their own. Some would go to college and flunk out, because with nobody there to tell them when to get up, they were unable to stick to a schedule.
I'm not going to get into all the things that Judge Judy wrote in her book, but the prognosis isn't good. The foster care system has been in trouble for decades and it doesn't look any better. Unless something is done, the future looks rather bleak.
Anyone can read this book and identify with the ideas behind it, for in one way or another we are all affected by the problems of aging and by being forced by old Father Time into a realm we are really not prepared for. For these young people, it was turning 18. For some of us, it might be turning thirty. And for baby boomers, it will be the call of the retirement trumpet when, once so active, people born in the 1940s and 1950s will be put on the shelf in today's changing world, without sufficient preparation on how to live in that place of old age. Jimmy Carter contirbutes an elegant foreword that shows he has really thought about the problems of youth. That's the saddest story of all.