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A Place to Call Home: The Amazing Success Story of Modern Orphanages Hardcover – August 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591025109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025108
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Afounder of the Shared Abundance Foundation (which gives scholarship aid to orphanage alums), Carr believes orphanages have a bad reputation because our 19th-century institutions were so cruel. She argues that, if policymakers would only visit America's modern residential education facilities (or REFs, as orphanages are now called), they might be more supportive, or at least not so biased in favor of foster care. As Carr sees it, most states pass legislation favoring foster care because they believe they are offering homeless children the next best thing to the nuclear family, unaware that good foster families may be scarce. REFs, on the other hand, specialize in offering children the therapy and support they need after a lifetime of abuse and neglect. In her opening chapter, Carr introduces herself as a divorced mother with a troubled son, before segueing into a brief history of American orphanages. In subsequent chapters she visits a handful of REFs to admire their successes, which she interweaves with accounts of her own son's deepening problems. In fact, the last REF she visits, the Mercy Home in Chicago, becomes her son's home when she can no longer parent him herself. More inspirational than informative, Carr's book should touch hearts and open discussions. (Aug.)
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"Martha Randolph Carr captures the story of a mother's journey to save herself and her son by letting go and finding miracles in America's orphanages. Children's homes are a success story that have been hidden away for too long and Carr's message is inspirational for us all."
—Lillian Vernon
Founder of Lillian Vernon Corporation


"Carr's book should touch hearts and open minds." —Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Martha Carr is a single mom, melanoma cancer survivor, chi runner, skydiver. Enamored by the thrill of faith. Columnist & author of the Wallis Jones political thriller series: www.wallisjonesseries.com. Read the first in the series, The List, now. Coming in June, The Keeper, the second in the Wallis Jones series

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2008
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A PLACE TO CALL HOME: THE AMAZING SUCCESS STORY OF MODERN ORPHANAGES refutes the myths that would view orphanages as sterile, unloving backwaters for rejected children, showing how in truth they are homes to children and young men and women who grow up in safe, loving environments. Most residents are children of single parents who can't care for them: this is the first study of orphanages in over sixty years and blows apart a common yet antiquated image of the modern orphanage.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Apple Gunther on October 12, 2012
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I became interested in Orphanages because of Mercy Home in Chicago. We went to a fund raiser and heard some of their success stories. I bought this book because I was curious about present day orphanages. After all, we have heard the horror stories about orphanages of the past and I wanted to see if they had evolved. This book tells the story in a most uplifting way. Thank you Ms. Carr.
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I was looking for information and history. Too much of the book is an autobiography that I wasn't expecting. I'm quite disappointed.
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