The journey of foster parents — often emotional, yet life-affirming — is succinctly portrayed in this moving memoir by Sarah Gerstenzang.
Foster parents are entrusted with an emotionally charged task–to open their hearts and their homes to a child as they simultaneously prepare that child to return to her biological parents. In this excerpt from Another Mother: Co-Parenting with the Foster Care System, Sarah Gerstenzang shares her journey through a maze of public policy and conflicting emotions that led to her new daughter.
In early 2000, Sarah Gerstenzang, a social worker living in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, became a foster parent to Cecilia, a five-week-old African-American baby. The fifth daughter of a disabled woman living in a shelter, Cecilia is caught up in a complicated and overburdened bureaucracy charged with her care.
Gerstenzang recounts her journey to parenthood as she navigates highly emotional terrain—from taking Cecilia to mandatory weekly meetings with her birth family to fighting for good medical care for the child to walking the fine line between preparing Cecilia to return to her birth mother while readying her own family to embrace her…
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