The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

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Author: Jenny Blackhurst

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472235282

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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***THE NO.1 EBOOK BESTSELLER*** The ADDICTIVE new thriller with 'a heart-stopping twist' from the bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU. This is spooky psychological suspense at its very best and will be perfect for fans of CLOSE TO HOME by Cara Hunter, FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall, and THE GUILTY WIFE, with a hint of Stephen King's terrifying classic, CARRIE. When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous. Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she's just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss. But Ellie's foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger... Find out what people are saying about THE FOSTER CHILD: 'From the get-go The Foster Child twists and turns and creeps you out and has you wanting to scream 'Behind you!'' Weekend Sport 'An eerie story that will keep you guessing' Daily Mirror I absolutely loved it and the ending certainly took me by surprise! Jenny has an incredible talent for taking the reader inside the minds of her characters and for delivering a heart-stopping twist! Kathryn Croft, author of THE GIRL WITH NO PAST 'Deep, dark and disturbing... THE FOSTER CHILD is a book that will stay with me. I loved it' Liz Lawler, author of DON'T WAKE UP 'Completely engrossed, I devoured this in two sittings and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. An exhilarating read' Nina Pottell 'A perfect blend of psychological intrigue and downright creepiness. I was thrilled, chilled, terrified and enthralled. This deserves to be a huge hit' Susi Holliday 'An atmospheric, spooky and tense thriller which creeped me out and kept me guessing until the final chapters. Read this with the lights on!' Tracy Fenton, Compulsive Readers 'The Foster Child pulls at your heart strings, at the same time as sending chills up your spine. It's clever, intricate & taut with suspense. A definite must read!' 'Spooky, disturbing and thrilling, with compelling characters and a killer twist at the end!'

Handbook of Foster Youth

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Author: Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo,Nancy Trevino-Schafer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351168231

Category: Psychology

Page: 510

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Currently, there are over 400,000 youth living in foster care in the United States, with over 20,000 aging out of the child welfare system each year. Foster youth are more prone to experience short- and long-term adverse developmental outcomes including diminished academic achievement and career opportunities, poor mental and overall health, financial struggles, homelessness, early sexual intercourse, and substance abuse, many of these outcomes are risk factors for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Despite their challenges, foster youth have numerous strengths and positive assets that carry them through their journeys, helping them to overcome obstacles and build resilience. The Handbook of Foster Youth brings together a prominent group of multidisciplinary experts to provide nuanced insights on the complex dynamics of the foster care system, its impact on youth’s lives, and the roles of institutions and policies in the foster system. It discusses current gaps and future directions as well as recommendations to advance the field. This book provides an opportunity to reflect on the many challenges and strengths of foster youth and the child welfare system, and the combined efforts of caregivers, community volunteers, policy makers, and the professionals and researchers who work with them.

The Lives of Foster Carers

Private Sacrifices, Public Restrictions

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Author: Linda Nutt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134246021

Category: Social Science

Page: 136

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The Lives of Foster Carers analyzes the contradictions, conflicts, and ambiguities experienced by foster carers arising from the inter-penetrations of public bureaucracy and private family life. Topics covered include: social policy pertinent to childcare the history of foster care service available literature on the experience of foster carers public versus private domains in foster care motivations and roles of foster carers how foster carers perceive themselves and their foster children. Based on a wide range of literature and in-depth interviews with forty-six foster carers, this book provides a valuable insight into the concerns, processes and experiences of foster carers in the UK. Jargon free and accessible, it will appeal to foster carers, practitioners, students and academics in social care, youth work and childcare as well as policy makers in children’s services.

The Butterfly Changes

One Girl's Journey to Find Love and Family

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Author: A. Princess

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496917227

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 108

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Sacred Reola Johnson is the eldest child born to a young couple named Essie Mae and Abraham Johnson. Both still teenagers at the time of her birth. Essie and Abraham gave Sacred away to Abraham’s sister, Jackie Lewis, who took the role of a mother in Sacred’s life. As Sacred grew up, she came to love the life she had with her Aunt Jackie. Despite her alcoholism demostrated the kind of love that Sacred never received from her absent mother. There were, however other women who filled the role that her own mother failed to fulfill. But despite the love and attention she got from these women, Sacred was still laid to bare the pain caused by family members and the sexual abuse inflicted by different men. Sacred’s story is of survival from the heartaches and abuse she suffered as a child, and failed and abusive relationships she had gotten into.

Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare

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Author: Marian S Harris

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231521030

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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The number of children of color entering the child welfare system in the United States is disproportionately high. Not only are children of color removed from parental custody and placed in care more often than their white counterparts, but they also remain in care longer, receive fewer services, and have less contact with the caseworkers assigned to them. This book identifies the practice and policy changes required to successfully address the unequal treatment of children of color in the child welfare system and their implications for social work education, caseworker training, and institutional change. It critiques many of the existing social welfare acts and policies in terms of their treatment of children of color, and it provides best practices for each decision point in the child welfare process and for cultural competency measures and training. The text offers extensive measurement instruments that agencies can use to assess and correct institutional racism. To improve social work education, the book includes several model syllabi for the curriculum, and to deepen the discipline's engagement with the issue of institutional racism, the text concludes with a discussion of future directions for research and policy.

Enduring Bonds

The Significance of Interpersonal Relationships in Young Children's Lives

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Author: Mary Renck Jalongo

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387745254

Category: Education

Page: 213

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Mary Renck Jalongo Interpersonal relationships present an interesting paradox to the young child. Although human bonds are a source of love, security and joy, they are, at the same time, the context in which children feel intense and complicated emotions such as jealousy, shame, resentment, sorrow, and rage. To illustrate, consider a series of incidents in the life of a young child named Melissa. All of these events were so memorable that they became oft-repeated family stories. At age 4, after Melissa was reprimanded by her mother, she packed a small plastic suitcase and announced that she was running away. Her mother kept a watchful eye while the preschooler stood at the end of the driveway for several moments. The child’s sister—eight years her senior—decided to go out and gently inquire about her younger sibling’s plans, to which Melissa responded ruefully, “I can’t run away. I remembered that I’m not allowed to cross the street by myself. ” Months later, Melissa enters kindergarten and she arrives home at the end of her school day, obviously upset. When asked about it, she says, “One of the kids told me I was doing my work wrong and it ruined my whole day. ” In first grade, Melissa has experience with one of the school child’s greatest fears: a mean teacher.

Charlie's Girl

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Author: Mary-Helen Foxx,Daniel Foxx

Publisher: Cedar Fort

ISBN: 1462102344

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

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When her mother and father are killed in a car accident, Rosalind Matthews is left to fend for herself in Arizona's foster care system for fourteen years. She knows nothing about her family until she learns that she has a grandmother in South Carolina and is sent to live with her.

Das Böse in deinen Augen

Psychothriller

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Author: Jenny Blackhurst

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732556492

Category: Fiction

Page: 431

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Niemand hat Angst vor einem kleinen Mädchen, oder doch? Als die Kinderpsychologin Imogen Reid den Fall der elfjährigen Ellie Atkinson übernimmt, weigert sie sich, den seltsamen Gerüchten um das Mädchen zu glauben. Ellie sei gefährlich, so heißt es. Wenn sie wütend wird, passieren schreckliche Dinge. Imogen hingegen sieht nur ein zutiefst verstörtes Kind, das seine Familie bei einem Brand verloren hat und ihre Hilfe benötigt. Doch je näher sie Ellie kommt, desto merkwürdiger erscheint ihr das Mädchen. Dann erleidet auch Imogen einen schrecklichen Verlust - und sie fürchtet, dass es ein Fehler war, Ellie zu vertrauen ... Jenny Blackhurst schreibt Psychologische Spannung mit Gänsehauteffekt.

Childhood and Adolescence in Society

Selections From CQ Researcher

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Author: CQ Researcher,

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452236062

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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About CQ Researcher Readers In the tradition of nonpartisan and current analysis that is the hallmark of CQ Press, CQ Researcher readers investigate important and controversial policy issues. Childhood and Adolescence in Society aims to promote in-depth discussion, facilitate further research, and help readers formulate their own positions on crucial issues in the field, such as child soldiers, teen pregnancy, and violence and bullying. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews, and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background and analysis of a particular issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material. Key Features Pro/con boxes that examine two competing sides of a single question Detailed chronologies of key dates and events Annotated bibliographies and web resources Outlook sections that address possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

The Essential Guide to Children and Separation

Surviving Divorce and Family Break-Up

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Author: Jennifer Croly

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 0745957692

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 192

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Parents, grandparents, extended family, friends, teachers, youth workers and counsellors all need to know how to support children through the divorce process and in the years that follow. Each child will react differently, but some issues are common to all: the need to be listened to, coping with the grief that follows the destruction of the original family unit; having divided loyalties, dealing with the organisation necessary when a child has two homes; coming to terms with step-parents and step-families. This book is written with personal and professional insight, and also contains interviews with children who have gone through the adjustment process. It sheds light, brings hope and encouragement to anyone who is trying to help children through one of the most difficult of life’s experiences.

Shelter

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Author: Susan Palwick

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429959657

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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The three basic human needs are food, water...and shelter. But in the late 21st century, compassion is a crime. You can get your memories wiped just for trying to help. Papa Preston Walford's world doesn't allow for coincidences. Accidents. Secrets in the backs of closets. Or the needs of his own daughter. Meredith Preston has reason to seek shelter. She needs protection from the monsters in her mind, in her history, in her family. And the great storms of a changing climate have made literal shelter imperative. When a cutting-edge, high-tech house, designed by a genius with a unique connection to Meredith, overcomes its programming to give shelter to a homeless man in a storm, from its closets emerge the revelations of a past too painful to remember. In the world of Susan Palwick's Shelter, perception is about to meet reality, and reality has mud all over it. The truth won't make you happy, but it may just make you whole. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

All Alone in the World

Children of the Incarcerated

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Author: Nell Bernstein

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595585559

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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In this “moving condemnation of the U.S. penal system and its effect on families” (Parents’ Press), award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein takes an intimate look at parents and children—over two million of them—torn apart by our current incarceration policy. Described as “meticulously reported and sensitively written” by Salon, the book is “brimming with compelling case studies . . . and recommendations for change” (Orlando Sentinel); Our Weekly Los Angeles calls it “a must-read for lawmakers as well as for lawbreakers.”

Panning for Gold

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Author: Doneareum S. Winston

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467059714

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 268

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Panning for Gold isthe remarkable and memorable journey of a youngman who has to come to terms with the adversities he had tostruggle againstas a child and teenager growing up in foster care from the ages of 6-19 years. His mother was a paranoid schizophrenic and he never knew his real father. All he had was his two younger brothers and his belief in a higher power to help him endure and overcome the pain. As his faith was constantly tested, he observed howmany people feel that the past should be left behind but his past constantly resurfaces as he bounces from home to home and shelter to shelter. The young childwas gifted in the literary arts but never accepted his talent because he wasalways too busy tryingto fit in with his surroundings to maintain a placement.It is a heartwrenching, yet funnytale of what many children today have toendurewhile coming from a broken home, but gives insight to what you can attain and achieve if only youstop to sift through the dirt of lifeand learn tobelieve in yourself; for who knows what you may find when you finally begin to look within.

Hitman

Forty Years Making Music, Topping the Charts, and Winning Grammys

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Author: David Foster

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143916665X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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After almost four decades in the music business, David Foster -- producer, arranger, songwriter, performer -- is finally ready to talk. In this compelling and outspoken memoir, Foster shares some of his incredible stories: the first time he met Barbra Streisand, as a young session player in Los Angeles; his first of 15 Grammys® for "After the Love Has Gone," Earth, Wind & Fire's memorable hit; the making of Unison, Celine Dion's English-language debut; the challenges he faced on his way to putting the group Chicago back on the charts; his award-winning contribution to Unforgettable: With Love, Natalie Cole's comeback album; those back-to-back recording sessions with Madonna and Michael Jackson; and the incredible chain of events that spawned Whitney Houston's historic blockbuster, "I Will Always Love You." Foster has worked with superstars of every decade, including: Celine Dion - Josh Groban - Whitney Houston - Michael Bublé - Barbra Streisand - Andrea Bocelli - Madonna - Michael Jackson - Natalie Cole - George Harrison - Earth, Wind & Fire - *NSYNC - Chicago - Paul McCartney - All-4-One - Katharine McPhee - Toni Braxton - Alice Cooper - Olivia Newton-John - Michael Bolton ...and many more. From his unique and privileged vantage point, Foster describes the delicate balancing act between artist and producer, offers revealing portraits of some of those artists at work, and shares his secrets for success in the maddeningly fickle music industry. At its heart, this is the story of a boy with perfect pitch who grew up to become one of the most influential musical forces of our time -- the solid gold hitman who produced the soundtrack of our lives.

Qualitative Research in Social Work

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Author: Anne E. Fortune,William J. Reid,Robert L. Miller, Jr.

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535449

Category: Social Science

Page: 592

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In this volume, progressive experts survey recent trends in qualitative study, which relies on small sample groups and interview data to better represent the context and complexity of social work practice. Chapters address different approaches to qualitative inquiry, applications to essential areas of research and practice, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, and epistemological issues. This second edition brings even greater depth and relevance to social work qualitative research, including new material that tackles traditional research concerns, such as data quality, ethics, and epistemological stances, and updated techniques in data collection and analysis. To increase the usefulness for students and researchers, the editors have reorganized the text to present basic principles first and then their applications, and they have increased their focus on ethics, values, and theory. New and revised illustrative studies highlight more than ever the connection between effective research and improved social functioning among individuals and groups. The collection continues to feature scholars and practitioners who have shaped the social work research practice canon for more than twenty years, while also adding the innovative work of up-and-coming talent.