The list author says: "Readers interested in learning about foster care, kinship care, orphanage care, adoption, child abuse and neglect and juvenile justice and children's mental health placements will profit from reading these inspirational and insightful true stories of child welfare alumni who overcame incredible odds to become successful authors and exemplary citizens."
"A collection of 11 personal stories of foster care alumni who are now college-educated professionals and work with, research, write about and advocate on behalf of foster children, including their individual and collective recommendations for reforming the child welfare system."
"Paul Owen grew up in a poverty-stricken home wherein his single mother did her best to raise him on welfare and food stamps. But when Owen was only thirteen, his mother died of cancer, leaving him at the mercies of relatives and foster care. The Long Winter is the story of his journey through seven foster homes, across three states, during his high school years."
"A "classic" memoir about a former juvenile delinquent, foster child and mental hospital patient who turned his life around, earned a Ph.D. and now studies the recovery process. Includes case records."
"A lifetime ago, a 15-year-old boy finally surrendered to the war between his parents. He wished only to die, to be relieved of the pain that ate at his heart and mind, and had done so for what seemed forever. Saddled with the mistaken belief that he had caused his parents’ divorce and broken up his family, self-destruction ruled his emotions and behaviors, and altered his sense of reality.""
"The inspirational and revealing story of a foster child's odyssey through 17 foster homes and institutions that reveals what was required for him to grow beyond a painful past and earn his doctorate."