A New York Times Notable Book
"Casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system." -- NPR's On Point
Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June
, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family.
Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system--the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June
offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.
" A] powerful . . . and refreshing read." -- Chicago Tribune
"A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family." -- Publishers Weekly
, starred review
"Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful." -- Salon