Child welfare advocate David Ambroz writes about growing up homeless in New York for eleven years and his subsequent years in foster care, offering a window into what so many kids living in poverty experience every day.
... presents an unflinching, frank examination of the realities of being a child without a home and being surrounded by a fundamentally flawed system where neither child nor parent have enough help, or the right help, to break the cycle of poverty. Ambroz’s story is a frightening example of how easily inadequate procedures and policies traumatize lives each and every day. The heart of this first memoir is both a raw account of Ambroz’s journey to adulthood and a powerful, uncompromising call to action for significant change.
... captivating ... While the narration occasionally lags, Ambroz’s triumph over adversity will stir readers’ sympathies, as will his clear-eyed critique of the nation’s broken foster care system ... Galvanizing and compassionate, this personal account of survival should be required reading.