“It would take years before Molly and Heaven would learn that neither of them was ever in the foster system. Instead, caseworkers had diverted them to what some scholars call ‘hidden foster care’ or ‘shadow foster care,’ in which the legal protections of the formal system disappear.”
“Laurel Haught moved out of her own home to escape her unvaccinated daughter. Now they are facing a funeral, the coming holidays and the divide splitting many American families.”
“Schools are at the epicenter of local and state COVID-19 protocols, using families—and children—as political bargaining chips.”
A tale of racism.
“I’ve always had the sense that my mother’s side of the family is, in fact, diminished by my uncle’s absence. Or at least diminished in their quiet response to it.”
Nick and Nora had Asta. Why can’t we have Alice?
“We had nothing to lose,” Cary Ann said. “Fuck it. Band. Family. Let’s give it a shot. . . . Handshake, spit on it. If it gets too nasty we’ll cut and run.”
In a fertile valley that boats an $8 billion agricultural economy, the people who work the fields and in processing plants rarely enjoy the economic security that the fields’ corporate owners do.
Anjoli Roy struggles to understand the conservative father she dearly loves.
As a boy, after the trauma of learning he is not his father’s biological son, Brian Gresko finds his sense of himself is shattered.