WHAT IF YOU COULD SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE?
Each year, almost 700,000 American children are abused. Between four and seven kids die every single day as a result of abuse or neglect. Child protective services, paralyzed by bureaucracy and relying on underpaid and overworked personnel, often do not intervene in time. Foster parents, the unsung heroes of the system, fight a lonely battle which they frequently lose. Children are tortured, starved, imprisoned, trafficked, or pushed into the foster to prison pipeline.
This book will open your eyes and help you get invilved.
WHAT HIDES BEHIND THE WALLS OF LONGWOOD?
When Toby was little, his mom blew her brains out with a nine-millimeter while he was sitting on her lap. Mike spent his childhood locked inside a chicken coop on a farm in Illinois. Pablo was smuggled into the country from Mexico and dumped on the streets. Demetrius was kicked out of his house after he revealed to his family that he was gay. These boys had one thing in common: they were all neglected, abused, sometimes tormented. They were housed at Longwood because they had nowhere else to go. They were experts at being institutionalized. Many planned to commit a crime immediately after being discharged from Longwood and spend the rest of their lives in the safe confines of an adult prison. They would say it beats being hungry and homeless.
Compelling and powerful. Easy to read but hard to forget. If you are a Gen Z fed up with your life, you should read it to gain a new perspective.
A must-read for everyone in the field of social work. J.C. is right - if we are serious about helping those kids, we should act now.
Dr. Patricia White