Martha Shirk spent twenty-three years as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she wrote extensively about children's issues. She lives in Palo Alto, California.
Foreword, by Jimmy Carter
Introduction: On Their Own in a World of Unknowns
1 A Tale of Three Brothers: Jermaine, Jeffrey, and Lamar Williams, Brooklyn, New York
2 "I Know That I'm Not Alone": Patty Mueller, Boston, Massachusetts
3 "All My Life, I Had Prayed for a Family": Alfonso Torres, Pembroke Pines, Florida
4 "I Never Want to Sleep on the Street": Raquel Tolston, San Francisco, California
5 "If I'd Been Tougher": Casey-Jack Kitos, Lawrence, Kansas
6 "I Was Tired of Living That Life": Monica Romero, San Antonio, Texas
7 Mentally Retarded, Mentally Ill, and On His Own: Reggie Kelsey, Des Moines, Iowa
8 "There Is Life After Abuse": Giselle John, Brooklyn, New York
Conclusion: What We Must Do
Epilogue, March 2006
Appendix A. Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report
Appendix B. Exits to Emancipation, Fiscal 2000
Appendix C. State Allocations for John Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
Appendix D. Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative Opportunity Passport Sites
Appendix E. Resources on Foster Care, Youth Transition, and Development
Appendix F. Resources Mentioned in On Their Own
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