Three Little Words
A MemoirBook - 2008
Growing up in 14 foster homes, dealing with 44 caseworkers, coping with abusive treatment and constantly changing surroundings, a young girl finds the inner strength she needs to come out of the depths of the foster system and grow to become a success in her own right, in a powerful memoir for young adult readers. Reprint.
Traces the author's painful childhood in a series of foster homes, her deteriorating relationship with her emotionally unstable mother, abuse at the hands of a foster family, and her subsequent efforts to advocate for an improved foster care system.
Simon and Schuster
An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.
"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.
Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
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Rhodes-Courter shares her story from birth to present day and her journey from basically and abandoned child to a dedicated representative for the welfare of children powerless to speak up against inhospitable conditions. She speaks frankly of her relationship with family members, foster care-givers and staff members at institutions. She does not mince words nor should she. The book concludes with Rhodes-Courter turning adversity into triumph.
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