Orphans of the Living

Author: Jennifer Toth
Toth’s report from the frontlines of what is known as “substitute care” is not encouraging. As she follows the lives of five young people moving through the system—from Damien, a rape victim at age 8 who becomes a sexual predator by age 13, to Bryan, who struggles to benefit from one of the country’s best foster programs—Toth’s subjects are as heartbreaking as their success is improbable.