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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System

The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System Youth Communication, Edited by Al Desetta, Foreword by Jonathan Kozol

In well-crafted narratives that are remarkable for their candor, range of experience, and hard-won insight, more than three dozen young writers (ages 15-20) provide an insider's view of growing up in "the system."  Turning points in the lives of foster children are reflected in these powerful accounts.

Praise for the Book: 
"The Heart Knows Something Different is a testimony to the spirit and relentless courage of young people who have persevered in the face of adversity.  I rejoice with the children in their triumph." - E.P. Jones, author of Where Is Home? Living Through Foster Care

"A living testament to the strengths and resilience of children encountering the child welfare system.  The Heart Knows Something Different is a book of hopefulness that adults intending to improve foster care and adoption will need to read and understand.  These are very special voices.  One can only hope we are prepared to listen and respond to their call." - Robert Little, former foster child and former Commissioner, New York City Child Welfare Administration

About Youth Communication:
Youth Communication, based in New York City, helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.

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