This book was very well written and quite interesting. Very disturbing that this could happen in America. Since this book was written over ten years ago, I don’t understand why we never found out what happened to the kids in the long term. It would be nice to be provided with an update. I understand the book was about the failure of the system, and not so much the children themselves, but I’m still interested to know what ever happened to them, and where they are & what they’re doing today. And Endora, too.
***I looked up this author and found her website and YouTube channel, and I posted a comment asking her where the kids are today, and she responded to me. She said she doesn’t hear much about the kids anymore, who are now ages 19 and 22, but she knows that Joel is in college and Fancy Free just had a baby this year, and had to move back in with Endora because she’s the only support system she has, and unfortunately, Endora isn’t any better than she ever was. She fears Fancy Free and her baby will end up repeating the same cycle that they’ve been through and are still in. So sad.
Millions of tax dollars are spent every year by Family Services in an attempt to repair broken families in the United States. We have approximately 500,000 children in this country living in foster homes, kinship homes, or group homes. There are probably another 500,000 that should be in the system, however, there is just no place to send them. In author Rene Howitt's book, Whose Best Interest, she tells the true story of a fight to save two children from abuse and neglect. Parents are given one chance after another to put their lives together. Children are taken away from their parents, only to be returned to them time and again. The children become like ping-pong balls bounced back and forth between these temporary homes and then back to their parents. By the time that Family Services concludes that there is no changing the parents, years had passed by and the children are irreparably damaged.