Within moments of finishing this book, I found myself recommending it to several specific people, people who have been serving as foster parents. I feel like this is such an important story, one that people really need to read. I had a very strong emotional reaction to this memoir. While several emotions came up while reading, but the main emotion was anger. I am so angry that the system failed these children so miserably. I feel like Regina never should have been in the care of her biological mother, nor should her younger siblings. The mother's lack of parental skills (and desire to be a parent) was apparent from the beginning, yet the system continued to put these children in danger by returning them to her care.
I know that there is a chance that child protective services have improved in the years since these events, and I also know that there is a lack of good foster parents, particularly for older children. I am not suggesting that there is an easy answer to situations like these. But I cannot help but feel something should be, and can be, done. The writing in the book is honest, and stark, but without assuming the voice of a victim. Regina is not a victim; she is a survivor. And thanks to this survivor telling her story, perhaps the system can be improved, and allow for more survivors.