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Survival of the Fittest...One Child's Life in the Foster Care System
by Lauretta Ali   

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Publisher:  Neshee Publication ISBN-10:  0977090736 Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 14 2005 ISBN-13:  978097709079

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Author and Performance Artist

One child's journey through the often harrowing, yet poignant, foster care system...

Heart-breaking and remarkable, a story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds, Foster Care People is a book that all can draw from.

Lauretta is an actress and performance artist. She Co-Hosts a weekly Cablevision television show with her husband Yusef Ali who plays the Congas and Percussions. 

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Foster Care People by Lauretta Ali
Reviewed by
Kathy Hill

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Title: Foster Care People
Category: Non-Fiction/True to life
Author: Lauretta Ali
Publisher: Electric EBook Publishing
Release Date: Available Now

Foster Care People is a true story about the author’s life as a young girl in the foster care system. It is sometimes shocking, appalling, saddening, and joyful. It is a story that needs to be told, and a story that needs to be read.
Lenora and her brother, Harold Jr., are happy children living with their parents in New York City during the 1950’s. Her mother, Maggie, and her father, Harold, Sr. love each other and dote on their children. But when her father is discovered having an affair with one of her mother’s friends, it destroys the family. Her mother takes Lenora and her brother to live with her grandmother, where they are ridiculed and teased for the circumstances that brought them there. Maggie begins drinking heavily, and after a serious fight with her sister, Maggie takes the children to their father. He takes them in, but they are not well accepted by his new wife, and he chooses his wife over his children and places them in the foster care system.
What follows is a heart-rending tale of the horrors that can happen to children in this system, and the horrors that did happen to this little girl. As she and her brother go from foster home to foster home, they endure things that no one should have to endure. They are abused, beaten, neglected, and discriminated against. They are also genuinely loved and cared for by two wonderful foster families, but are not allowed to stay because of that love.
Foster Care People is not an easy read, nor could one call it a "good" read. It isn’t meant to be. It is definitely a "must read" story.

Copyright © 2002 by Kathy Hill

Foster Care People by Lauretta Ali
Reviewed by: Jennifer LB Leese ,
Published by Electric eBook Publishing
Release: December 14, 2001
Format: Soft Cover, and as ebook in PDF, and HTML
92 pages
ISBN: 1-55253-053-X
Purchase URL: Electric eBook Publishing’s Catalog
Stars out of 5: 4

FOSTER CARE PEOPLE by talented author Lauretta Ali is about a little girl who grew up in a foster care. It tells how her life started out in the system, and how it failed her and her brother instead of giving them the same advantages as they would for white children in the system. Continuous abuse worsens as the child grows, and at the same time, strengthening her to be the woman she grows up to be. Not only does the reader follow the young girl through daily routines, it goes much deeper than that, readers will learn how just delicate our little ones are.

This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed reading about this young girl—even though it was terribly heart-wrenching at times—however, the need to find out what happens to her is powerful as the read pages flew past my fingertips.

This book is perfect for young adults. It is would be a great read for children who are going through some or all of the same things that the young character in the book is going through.

FOSTER CARE PEOPLE should be in all libraries—public, at school, and at home. It would also be wonderful as required reading, or suggested reading for those in school training to become a psychologist, psychiatrist, or sociologist.

Give a child this wonderful gift so they may read about the emotional, self-growth, and heart-felt tale of this little determined girl. They will remember it forever!

“Lauretta Ali is an actress and performance artist residing in Newark, NJ. She performs with her husband Yusef Ali who plays the Congas and Percussion under the logo Poetry & Skins. They also Co-Host a weekly cable talk show interviewing artists of all genres, rising entrepreneurs and others who are making positive contributions to their communities. Her first published book is one of poetry based upon her life as a single parent in the 1960’s, Songs to a Manchild, written for her son who is now thirty-three years old.
Ali is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister and a kinswoman of African American descent. She is presently completing her next book of poetry tentatively titled Conquering Me.” Visit her author webpage at


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Reviewed by Linda Grover 5/25/2010
This is a book I definetly have to read, sounds very intresting. I came from an abusive background also, only I was not able to get into foster care which I believed would have been much better for me.
Foster homes then in that time frame weren't so ready available, we had more reform schools. When I was older I became a foster parent for 19 years. I wrote a book on my journey also, it is called The Story Never Told. I can't wait to read your story. thank You for sharing.
Linda Grover
Reviewed by (Gigi) Adams-Evans 10/31/2007
Reviewed by Betty Torain 12/10/2005
Hi Lauretta, I just found you. I will read your book later on. And I will be tracking you. Love and prayers for you. Betty Torain
Reviewed by 12/2/2002
Description: Riveting

For just a minute, imagine the iron branding of human flesh. The putrid smell of skin burning follows the grotesque exposure of tendons and veins. Soon, the wounds heal, the scars fade, and the physical pain vanishes. But, what if this happened to the same person, over and over again, just in different spots on their body? Would you dare to look at the disfigurement?

“Foster Care People” depicts the invisible iron branding of the human soul. Written from a child’s point of view, the book starts quite innocently. We witness a happy family, two parents with a son and a daughter. Even the best of homes expect a few trials now and then. Yet the events surrounding a kitchen fire smolder the lives of each family member for the next several years. Lenora Williams, the daughter and main character, attempts to warn us of the impending danger. That’s because the red-hot irons of abuse try to sear into your consciousness, which could burn the bridges to your spirit, and leave you numb for a while. I prayed the story only came from the author’s vivid imagination.

Lauretta Ali’s descriptions through the eyes of a child are riveting. Through Lenora, she calmly reminds us that children are people too, not punching bags or sex toys. I felt as if I stood in a corner of the bedroom with my arms bound, and my mouth taped shut, while the second foster father visited her at night. Although the skin quickly conceals the outer evidence, time creeps to erase the psychological effects. I recommend “Foster Care People” to anyone who raises a child, whether for a day, two years or a lifetime.

Reviewed by Judine Slaughter 12/2/2002
Reviewed by 11/18/2002
Decade extensions of a new world order of a culture. The sins of the family tree that is implemented through birth. The psychological lynching continue through the neglect of a people who feels, if it dose not effect me, than it is not my problem. Social Workers who do not no how to be social. The curse that plagues a nation of people through there genes. No protection from the system who sings abuse for the world to see. Genocide within our own right hands. Leaders who don’t know how to lead. Such a sad and embarrassment for mothers who wear the symbols of read black and green. Slavery within the back doors of a master who hides behind the system, and a people who just don’t give a dam. Walking zombies who refuse to protect the children that they bring in the world. Is it the protectors? are is it the people who allows the system to destroy the babies without a fight are feeling of human order in a world which is blind to only there needs.

A house divided shall never stand. It will begin to smell like rotten death.
Eyes that close to the needs of our children. Prison disused as human kindness, a death chamber of disgrace. Continue to write allow the people to no , that suicide is abomination to God when one kills self. I really like this synopsis.

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