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The Heart Knows Something Different
Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
Youth Communication

In well-crafted narratives that are remarkable for their candor, range of experience, and hard-won insight, more than three dozen young writers, ages 15-20, provide an insider's view of growing up in “the system.”  It takes us into a world largely hidden from public view, and attests to “the mix of pain and fear, and sometimes hope, and sometimes even happiness” that the foster care experience involves, as Jonathan Kozol writes in his foreword.

“...a book of hopefulness that adults intending to improve foster care and adoption will need to read and understand.  These are very special voices.  One can only hope we are prepared to listen and respond to their call.”
—Robert Little, former foster child and former Commissioner, New York City Child Welfare Administration

“...a testimony to the spirit and relentless courage of young people who have persevered in the face of adversity.  I rejoice with the children in their triumph.”
—E.P. Jones, author of Where Is Home? Living Through Foster Care

Youth Communication, based in New York City, helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives. They are also the authors of Starting with “I”

Paperback / $14.95 (Can $21.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-218-4 / 232 pages / Anthology