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Starting Low And Getting Lower: Disconnected Youth

Life is tough enough for any teenager, with childhood dissolving away and adulthood not yet formed.  It's that much harder for a teenager emerging from the foster care or juvenile justice systems, facing adulthood with little guidance. 

Writer/journalist/lawyer Anne Kim focused on these people who arrive in the adult world more or less alone.  Kim's book is Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection

Her work buttresses recent claims that early adulthood is a developmental stage, one perhaps as important as early childhood.  The author visits with details of the young people she met.

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