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Three Little Words- A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes- Courter
Olivia Won 20 April 2010
Transcript of Three Little Words- A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes- Courter
A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes- Courter About the book: based on the childhood of Ashley Rhodes- courter growing up in the American Foster Care System
true account (autobiography) abuse, neglect, starvation
abandoned by drug addicted mother
lost and often misplaced by the foster care system
born to a teenage mother
one younger brother
both taken from home shortly after
immidatly placed in foster care system
"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." -Ashley Rhodes-Courter The Early Years first sent to live with biological grandfather
removed, and sent to new home
beginning of foster care for Ashley and her brother
constantly visited by mother, Lorraine
promised to get her back "soon"
mother failed numerous drug testing (never got children back) Ashley in the foster care system sent to over seven foster care homes in first two years
often separated from her brother
The Mosses an eternity of horror Maijorie and Charles Moss
abusive foster parents
housed more than 27 foster children in crowded one bedroom trailer
children were beaten with paddles, whips, belts, and rocks oftentimes burned or forced to drink hot sauce and stand in compromising positions
unsanitany and obscene living conditions
sued Mosses at age 18 ADOPTION adopted by the Courter family at age 12
"I guess so..."
taken out of foster care system life of privilage The Author Ashley Rhodes- Courter has won countless awards for writing and public speaking
major advocate and catylist for justice in the American child welfare and foster care systems invited to speak on talk shows and interviewed for magazines about life in foster care
now is a paid writer and motivational speaker won a Do-Something GOLDEN BR!CK Award
won $25,000 for the charity of her choice (North American Council on Adoptable Children) selected one of Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women for 2007 Named to the USA Today Academic Team A life of Concequence always found solace in education
inspired her to be a writer
stayed strong and true to herself learned from past experiences to make her stonger
used her past as a tool to overcome future obstacles still struggles with trusting people today
finally found a family where she feels she belongs project by Olivia Weinshank