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This book is phenomenal and does an excellent job of exposing this hidden world so few would ever think existed in the modern first world United States. I spent the last half of my childhood in one of these places, it was my salvation after years of emotional and physical abuse, but to look at me now as a successful university student you would never guess it and the few people I have admitted it to refuse to believe it. Carr does a very good job of portraying the healing that takes place in children's home as a result of the provided safety and stability that comes with growing up in a healthy environment. With family breakdown worsening with each day depriving children of safe loving homes to return to at night institutionalized care can be the best option and for that reason I recommend this book to all teachers,social workers, judges, and anyone else who has dealings with child development.
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.
Well written and strong argument for increasing residential care programs as a powerful approach to transforming the lives of young men and women in our disadvantaged neighborhoods. It is time to stop making believe that our foster care system is effective and look a real world working residential programs that can demonstrate results.