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999489 From Foster Care to Texas Death Row (Book)
by Gerald Edward Marshall

A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home (Book)
by Steve Pemberton

A Foster Care Manifesto (Kindle)
by Waln Brown

A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale (Book)
by Rodney J. Walker

Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care (Book)
by Benjamin Kerman, Ph.D., Madelyn Freundlich, M.S.W., and Anthony Maluccio (Editors)

Aging Out (Book)
by L. Lee Shaw

Aging Out (Movie)

Aging-Out of Foster Care: Examining Outcomes through Social Learning and Narratives (Kindle)
by IARS Publications – Youth Voice Journal

Another Place at the Table (Book)
by Kathy Harrison

Being Too Fierce (Book)
by Lisa P. Cohen

Beyond the Foster Care System: The Future for Teens (Book)
by Betsy Krebs

Broken Child Mended Man (Book)
by Adam Starks, Ph.D.

Child Welfare: Profiles of Current and Former Older Foster Youth Based on the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) (CRS Reports) (Book)
by Congressional Research Service

Children and Youth Transitions from Foster Care (Book)
by Joseph A. Ferrari (Editor)

Cinder Girl: My Journey out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope (Book)
by Christina Meredith

Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care through Their Middle Twenties (Book)
by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Conversations with Bobby: From Foster Child to Corporate Executive (Book)
by Bob Danzig

Employment Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Final Report (Book)
by Anonymous

Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God’s Kingdom (Book)
by Dr. John DeGarmo

Faultless: The American Orphan (Movie)

Finding a Family (Movie)

Finding Our Place: 100 Memorable Adoptees, Fostered Persons, and Orphanage Alumni (Book)
by Nikki McCaslin

Foster: Aging In and Out of the System of Care (Book)
by James N. Davis, III


Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Story (Book)
by Theresa Cameron

Foster Girl: A Memoir (Book)
by Georgette Todd

Foster Intellect: Aging Out Series, Book 1 (Book)
by Angelica Kate

Foster Hope, Volume 2 (Book)
by Angelica Kate

Foster Passion, Volume 3 (Book)
by Angelica Kate

Foster Healing, Volume 4 (Book)
by Angelica Kate

Foster Spirit, Volume 5 (Book)
by Angelica Kate

Foster Care…Smoother Transitions (Book)
by Lisa M. Hanaway

FosterClub Transition Toolkit (Book)
by FosterClub

From Care to Somewhere: An Inspirational Life Story (Kindle)
by Gina Larrisey

From Foster Care to College: A Guide for Teens (Book)
by Autumn Spanne, Laura Longhine, and Keith Hefner (Editors)

From Foster Care to College: Young Adults’ Perceptions of Factors that Impacted Their Academic Achievement (Book)
by Dr. Steve J. Rios

From Foster to Fabulous: An Imperative Movement (Book)
by Capri C. Cruz

From Foster to Fabulous: One Little Girl’s Journey Through Abuse, Foster Care, Aging Out, and Life Beyond (Book)
by Helen Ramaglia

From Foster Care to Millionaire (Book)
by Rhonda Sciortino

From Foster Care to Millionaire: A Young Entrepreneur’s Story of Tragedy and Triumph (Book)
by Cody McLain

From Place to Place (Movie)

Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir (Book)
by Shenandoah Chefalo

Growing Up Forsaken: From Vagrant to Ph.D. (Book)
by Dr. Anesha A. Fuller

Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids (Book)
by Waln K. Brown and John R. Seita

Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology (Book)
by Amy Dworsky

How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes (Book)
by Elizabeth Fernandez and Richard Barth (Editors)

I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond (Book)
by Michael Oher

I Will Never Give Up: Inspiring Memoir of Redemption – from Foster Care to Fatherhood, Victim of Brutal Trauma to Victor in Life (Kindle)
by Derek Clark

I’m Good: My Struggle, My Fights, My Breakthrough (Book)
by Sophia Williams

Improving Transition into Adulthood for Youth Served by the Foster Care System: A Report on the Strengths and Needs of Existing Aftercare Services (Book)
by Robin Nixon and Maria Garin Jones

“Jimmy” from Foster Homes and Addiction to Recovery (Book)
by Jimmy Peckenschneider

LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: Empowering Approaches for an Inclusive System of Care (Book)
by Adam McCormick

Life after Care: From Lost Cause to MBE (Book)
by Mark Edwards

Life after Foster Care: Improving Outcomes for Former Foster Youth (Book)
by Loring Paul Jones

Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses: A Memoir (Book)
by Paula McLain

Lost FOUNDation: From Foster Care to God’s Heir (Book)
by Nina Fitzhugh-Wells

Macro Perspectives on Youths Aging Out of Foster Care (Book)
by Mary E. Collins

My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth (Kindle)
by Human Rights Watch

No Tomorrow (Movie)

Not Me, Not Mine: Adult Survivors of Foster Care (Movie)

On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System (Book)
by Martha Shirk & Gary Stangler

Out of the Shadow: I Can and I Will (Book)
by Darol Rodrock

Pieces of Me: My Journey from an Abusive Childhood to a  Life of Hope and Healing (Book)
by Rose Marie Abrams

Postcards from the Soul (Book)
by Foster Care Alumni of America

Resilient by Nature: Foster Care  Youths Emancipating from the Foster Care System: Book 1 (Book)
by Marilyn Kay Thomas, Ph.D.

Running from the Mirror: A Memoir (Book)
by Howard Shulman

Short Term 12 (Movie)

Tell Me Where Home Is: The Journey from Trauma to Triumph (Book)
by Carl M. Price

The Foster Advocate: One Man’s Journey into the World of Foster Alumni (Book)
by P. Eugene Escobar

The Foster Parenting Toolbox: A Practical, Hands-on Approach to Parenting Children in Foster Care (Book)
by Kim Phagan-Hansel

The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System (Book)
by Youth Communication

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Book)
by Cris Beam

Transitions from Care to Independence: Supporting Young People Leaving State Care to Fulfill Their Potential, 1st Edition (Book)
by Jennifer Driscoll

Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way (Book)
by Jimmy Wayne

What Works in Foster Care? Key Components of Success from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study, 1st Edition (Book)
by Peter J. Pecora, et al.

Which Fork Do I Use? And Other Etiquette Rules I Learned after Aging Out of Foster Care (Book)
by Georgette Todd

Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care: International Research, Policy and Practice (1st edition) (Book)
edited by Philip Mendes & Pamela Snow

Youth Leaving Foster Care: A Developmental, Relationship-Based Approach to Practice, 1st Edition (Book)
by Wendy B. Smith

Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Background and Federal Programs (CSR Reports) (Book)
by Congressional Research Service