An Up-Close and Personal Critique of Foster Care: "Three More Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Jul 1, 2015

Our guest today on ST is the child welfare advocate and author Ashley Rhodes-Courter (born 1985), whose first book, a memoir called "Three Little Words," began as a prize-winning high school essay, later appeared in The New York Times Magazine, and finally became a bestselling book. She joins us to speak about her new autobiographical work, which is called "Three More Words." As was noted of this volume at the goodreads.com website: "In [this] sequel to [her first] memoir...[the author] expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with a family she's created, and her efforts to make peace with her past.... Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes.... Now [she] reveals the nuances of life after foster care: college and its assorted hijinks, including meeting 'the one;' marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members; and having kids, from fostering children, and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.... Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message."