Foster Care Alumni Memoirs Library

A Listmania! list by Waln Brown "Waln K. Brown, Ph.D., CEO the William Gladden Foundation Press" (Tallahassee, Florida)
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."
If Not for Dreams
1.  If Not for Dreams by Debraha Watson Ph. D.
The list author says:
  "A "must read" foster care memoir written by a brilliant and dedicated alumna."
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Cry Out!
2.  Cry Out! by P.E. Quinn
The list author says:
  "A gripping true tale of foster care, adoption and abuse by caregivers."
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Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids
3.  Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids by Waln K. Brown
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

The Long Winter: One Man's Journey Through the Darkness of Foster Care
4.  The Long Winter: One Man's Journey Through the Darkness of Foster Care by Paul L. Owen
The list author says:
  "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."
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Three Little Words: A Memoir
5.  Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
The list author says:
  "An inspiring read for kids currently in foster care."
$7.24   Used & New from: $1.51
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

The Other Side of Delinquency
6.  The Other Side of Delinquency by Dr. Waln Brown
The list author says:
  "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."
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They Cage the Animals at Night (Signet)
7.  They Cage the Animals at Night (Signet) by Jennings Michael Burch
The list author says:
  "This book highlights the emotional devastation that can result from multiple foster care placements."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

Saving the Schizo Kid: Reflections on Divorce, Mental Health and Recovery
8.  Saving the Schizo Kid: Reflections on Divorce, Mental Health and Recovery by Dr. Waln Brown
The list author says:
  "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.""
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Hope's Boy
9.  Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge
The list author says:
  "A gut-wrenching memoir about the negative effects of inappropriate and dangerous child welfare placements, written by a former foster child who became a Harvard-trained attorney."
$13.05   Used & New from: $3.46
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Story (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography)
10.  Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Story (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) by Theresa Cameron
The list author says:
  "A moving memoir of a black girl growing up in a racist foster care system during the 1960s and 1970s."
$25.94   Used & New from: $0.03
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Home: A Memoir of Growing Up in an Orphanage
11.  The Home: A Memoir of Growing Up in an Orphanage by Richard McKenzie
The list author says:
  "This thought-provoking book provides a strong case for replacing foster care in favor of orphanage care."
$13.23   Used & New from: $6.56
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

In whose best interest?: One child's odyssey, a nation's responsibility
12.  In whose best interest?: One child's odyssey, a nation's responsibility by John Seita
The list author says:
  "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."
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There Is an Urgency
13.  There Is an Urgency by Gregrhi Arawn Love
The list author says:
  "An inspiring story of growing past the limitations imposed by drug-abusing parents and a horrifying foster care system experience to becoming a special education teacher."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

From Foster Care to Millionaire
14.  From Foster Care to Millionaire by Rhonda Sciortino
The list author says:
  "An insightful self-help book that uses the author's foster care experience to develop a philosophy for personal success."
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City of One: A Memoir
15.  City of One: A Memoir by Francine Cournos
The list author says:
  "Chronicles the author's journey of healing after foster care and becoming a psychiatrist."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
16.  The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
The list author says:
  "One woman's tribute to the value of loving relationships and guidance in foster care."
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Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir
17.  Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir by Paula McLain
The list author says:
  "A captivating memoir about the 14 years the author and her two sisters spent in a series of foster and adoptive homes."
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The Barefoot Shoeshine Boy
18.  The Barefoot Shoeshine Boy by Al Rivera
The list author says:
  "Recounts the author's childhood abuse and foster care placements and reveals the power of human resilience."
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Finding Fish: A Memoir
19.  Finding Fish: A Memoir by Mim Eichler Rivas
The list author says:
  "The riveting story of a boy raised in institutions from the moment his mother gave birth to him in prison and his will to survive."
$10.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

A Dream Deferred, a Joy Achieved: Stories of Struggle and Triumph
20.  A Dream Deferred, a Joy Achieved: Stories of Struggle and Triumph by Charisse Nesbit
The list author says:
  "A collection of inspiring stories about foster care alumni."
$14.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century (Women)
21.  Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century (Women) by Richard B. McKenzie
The list author says:
  "A former orphan/current university professor reviews the policy reforms necessary to make orphanages a viable alternative to foster care."
$69.39   Used & New from: $1.88
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
22.  The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer
The list author says:
  "The uplifting story of a boy's journey through the foster care system in search of a family to love."
$10.01   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (809 customer reviews)

All I Wanted Was A Home: Raised in an Orphanage
23.  All I Wanted Was A Home: Raised in an Orphanage by Clark Watts
The list author says:
  "The true and insightful story of the positive experience of growing up in an orphanage."
$11.34   Used & New from: $7.34
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Somebody's Someone
24.  Somebody's Someone by Regina Louise
The list author says:
  "After surviving over 30 foster care and psychiatric placements, Regina Louise personifies the true meaning of 'resiliency.'"
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A Piece of Cake: A Memoir
25.  A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown
The list author says:
  "The gritty story of abusive foster care, prostitution, drug addiction and gang membership of a girl who turns her life around and becomes an attorney."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (552 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Me May Mary
26.  Me May Mary by Mary Cameron Kilgour
The list author says:
  "Through her teen years in foster care and an orphanage, Mary struggles to overcome her past and embrace the future."
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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
27.  The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System by Al Desetta M.A.
The list author says:
  "Fifty-seven essays written by teens currently (at the time of writing) in foster care."
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Waln Brown "Waln K. Brown, Ph.D., CEO the William Gladden Foundation Press" (Tallahassee, Florida)
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Last updated: 11/25/12
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