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Adoption & Foster Care

5 Books | by Murmly

The Story of Foster Care

The Story of Foster Care

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An autobiographical collection of photos and stories that illustrate the daily experiences of those involved in foster care.Told by three foster care alumni, two social workers, and two foster parents, this book gives an intimate glimpse at each author's personal journey through trials, obstacles, grief, forgiveness, joy, healing and love. Through the medium of photography and the written word, the authors created a visual narrative to the complicated world of out-of-home care in the United States. The photos change from atmospheric to symbolic to direct imagery. The stories themselves range from straightforward narratives to poetic verse, with each unique voice woven together to tell the larger story of foster care. Beautiful Full Color PhotosMultiple Perspectives of the foster care system (former foster youth, social workers, foster parents)Three clearly defined sections: Before, During, & After time in careIdeal read for adults wanting to learn more about the system Both challenging and inspiring, this honest work compels the reader to set aside their preconceived notions and listen to the lived experiences of others. This book is a compelling introduction to the foster care system meant for anyone connected to the foster care community: concerned parents, foster parents, educators, collegiate, medical staff, advocates, law enforcement, counselors, legislative communities, pastors, faith-based communities, and anyone interested in engaging in the intricate world of foster care.

Infinitely More

Infinitely More

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Abandoned by his mother in a St. Petersburg dumpster when he was only three days old, Alex Krutov should not have survived. But God had something else in mind. Raised in the harsh Russian orphanage system, Alex's life was one of hopelessness and despair until the arrival of Christian missionaries from the West when the Soviet Union collapsed. Infinitely More is the inspiring true story of a young man who would not give up, and the God who relentlessly pursued him. Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." This is the story of God coming to Alex, and the hope He offers to all of us. Alex Krutov is the co-founder of The Harbor, a ministry to emancipated orphans in Russia. A graduate of Franklin University in Ohio, he divides his time between the United States and Russia.

Choosing to SEE

Choosing to SEE

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I've told my kids for years that God doesn't make mistakes," writes Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Grammy award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. "Would I believe it now, when my whole world as I knew it came to an end?"Covering her courtship and marriage to Steven Curtis Chapman, struggles for emotional balance, and living with grief, Mary Beth's story is our story--wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, she shows how she wrestles with God even as she has allowed him to write her story--both during times of happiness and those of tragedy. Readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Even as difficult as life can be, Mary Beth Chapman Chooses to SEE. Includes a 16-page full color photo insert.

Labeled

Labeled

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An abandoned child of drug-addicted parents and Florida's broken child welfare system, Kenisha E. Anthony was left to wonder if anyone would ever want her. As a young girl, desperate for love and belonging, she bounced from one unstable home to the next, packing only resentment, abandonment, and heartbreak to take with her. Still, Kenisha found her way, ultimately breaking barriers and shattering statistics. Against advice to "just get a GED," she earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree with the aid of Tuition Exemption per Florida Statute 1009.25(1)(d), a resource for children aging out of foster care. As an advocate for change in the child welfare system, she found her voice in the presence of state legislators and earned a name as a dynamic professional and change-maker in the field of social work. Kenisha shines a spotlight on life through the lens of a survivor with a vivid portrait of her journey from victim to victor, rising above hardships that could have easily left her defeated and destitute. This is a story of triumph, redemption, and the will to become more than just a Ward of the State. Teeming with vulnerability, candidness, and wisdom, this unfiltered reflection of Kenisha's life is, fittingly, more than a memoir. It is a social awareness tool for anyone who's faced adversity, beat the odds and refused to be labeled.

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