The Middle of Nowhere is about a troubled 15-year-old girl, Lexie Crockett, who enters a residential treatment program somewhere in the Western United States. Based on personal experiences, the novel tells of the sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious adventures of the thousands of girls who live away from home in residential facilities. As events unfold, Lexie finds a bond with the other girls and with Annie Salinas, a gifted counselor, who helps her get closer to her goal of going home. Parents of some of the girls visit the program, and struggle with finding the line that is always shifting between understanding the girls’ problems and holding them accountable for their actions. When a large company moves to buy the facility, the staff resists—and the girls find some ways of their own to challenge the new owners. Each of the girls brings her own background to this challenge—broken homes, drug addiction, mental and emotional instability, along with ingenuity, resilience, and a fierce desire for independence. More than 14,000 girls live in such programs, and the book makes painfully clear how difficult their lives are—and why some of them succeed.
Five Paths is a companion novel to a nonfiction book published in March 2016: The Future of the Fifth Child. Both books are about international child abuse and trafficking. In Five Paths, five college students graduate in 2000, inspired by a professor to work in the field of child protection. They adopt different paths in their work, choosing careers in politics, religious agencies, cyberfinance, music therapy, and armed defense of women and children. They bond through their work on behalf of children and agree to meet every five years and compare notes, becoming closer over the years as the challenges mount in their chosen fields. Some are threatened with violence, while others struggle against political and bureaucratic obstacles. All five work to make a difference for the millions of children who are harmed by abuse, neglect, and international trafficking.
A young draftee arrives in Vietnam, is assigned to work in the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, and experiences the most intense years of the American presence in Vietnam. Forty years later, he arrives in Iraq, serving as a senior diplomat in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Inevitably, he reflects on what’s the same and what’s different about the two wars. Through relationships with two remarkable women in each country, he comes to understand how little most Americans knew about each country’s culture. At the end, he looks back over his experiences with a visiting journalist and tries to make sense of what happened and what didn’t—what was forgotten and what should be remembered.
From the time the reform movement began in the progressive era with concerns about public health and universal access to education, arguments have been raised for and against linking schools and social services, and the merits or otherwise of each system.; A new argument for the collaboration is that integration will lead to substantially better services than those provided by separate organizations.; This volume brings together a wide array of cross-national research and public policy issues to focus on a new framework of service provision. It looks at the different networks of organizations of which schools and social services have been a part, and at the political implications or results of bringing together the professionals from such organizations. It takes into account the constraints resulting from the larger institutional network experience by such organizations. The book also presents a range of perspectives on the way preparation is followed by four responses that present somewhat varying points of view.; The contributors come from a wide range of experiences including specialists in politics of education, law, urban studies, children's issues and those providing reflections on practical experience.
Broken Bridge is about a baby, a drug dealer, and all the forces that swept them both toward a tragedy. More than half a million babies are born each year in the U.S. who were exposed to drugs or alcohol before they were born. This book tells the story of one of them, and what happens when the drug dealer who sold drugs to her mother has a change of heart.
From a hospital in a large city to the emptiest reaches of the California desert , Broken Bridges traces the connections among the agencies that could have made a diff erence--but didn’t--and the people who came into Baby Isabel’s life as a result.