Many children in the foster care program are lost due to parents not providing the care every child deserves. Having volunteered at a foster care facility that housed over 45 children from ages 4 to 11 from all cultures, black, white, Hispanic, you see the need. The reason that they were pulled from their homes is usually due to their parents involved in illegal activities. From prostitution to drugs, these children do not know what a normal family looks like. Most of them have been sexually abused and are on some drugs to modify behavior. Sara’s story is their story. A life that is lost due to her parent’s bad choices. Sara learning to trust other’s so that she can learn to love is one of the hardest obstacles a child of the foster care program can overcome. They are scared to trust only to find out they are once again pulled from a home or even worse, mistreated in the system that is to care for them.
Sara’s story is one of hope. That there are people that truly care for the welfare of these children that have not been well-loved. Sara’s story is also a voice for those children that because of the pain of abuse, have a tough road to overcome acting on their hurt and anger.
You will cry, have empathy, and be moved to make a difference in lives that matter. Not everyone is called to be a foster parent. The worst thing you can do is not be equipped and have a change of mind. Foster care children do not need another rejection. What they do need are volunteers to help them read, mentor, and to be available to organizations that help.
Some of the quotes that I found telling…
Warm cocoa is what safe tastes like.
Sometimes mean just happens.
This is a warm story to read. Sara’s fight for love and a home. The torn feelings she has with her biological parents and those that foster her. Her desire to keep her promises to her sister that a 10 year old cannot keep. It is a reminder that we need to love our children well. Encourage them. Fight for them.
A Special Thank You to Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.