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    More problems than answers. Great perspectives.

    I read this book because I know a lot of people who have experiences with foster care. (My mother was a CASA, who is essentially an advocate for a foster child, and my best friend was a CASA, adopted one child, and is in the process of adopting another.) My partner and I have also kept in mind the idea of foster-to-adopt. This is one of those books that is a necessary read and will make you so frustrated. There really are no easy answers to the multiple problems associated with the foster care system. You follow quite a few characters around (I totally lost track, but that's not crucial and perhaps just adds to the massive problem), and there's a lot of sadness and futility with the system. There are pockets of hope as well. I like this resource because I feel like interacting with the foster care system (and maybe even fixing parts of it) requires full knowledge of all the problems. There's no one solution to the problem, but I got at least two lessons out of this book: 1.) As hard as it might be, don't demonize people and point fingers at them; it really dehumanizes them to make decisions easier, but these are still humans (flawed as they are) that are involved; and 2.) We need to keep trying things. We can't just be frustrated and sit in hopelessness. These people deserve better, and there are things we can do that will make this better. Or they won't. But we need to try.

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