Book report

Book Review

Jessica Bradley
University of south Alabama 
SW 350
November 16, 2021

Book Review
The authors M. Shirk and G. Stangler collaborate in this book highlighting the considerable problems that nurture adolescents face when aging out of the setup and, in today’s terminology, progression to adults. They express sympathy for these teenagers’ predicament by using individuals who find their way in life despite spending their teen years in the foster system. Consequently, the initial parental involvement, isolated from family members and undergoing widely divergent consequences, failed to return to their parents. Furthermore, lasting effects from childhood trauma, developmental disorders, homelessness, shattering debt levels acquired upon eighteen years, and involvement in illegal participation are typical examples of situations experienced by the youths from foster care systems (Shirk & Stangler, 2004). An introduction section describes what is seen about this sample of adolescents, issues they confront, future possibilities based on what has been observed about previous generations of adolescents, and the new system and service framework. The last section recommends assisting at-risk children, emphasizing the unique, frequently urgent schooling, career, residential, well-being, and family and societal involvement requirements. A cursory overview of the consequences of these recommendations for forthcoming theory and legislation concludes the text. This paper aims to critically review the book bringing out different issues related to child foster care system as outlined in the book.
 The authors’ illustration about how the current world provides child protective services is illustrated as well. The authors illustrate how society offers children protective services both at home and in school setups. Throughout the context, the reader is brought inside the stormy lifestyles of young people and the rapid transitions experienced at home and in classrooms. Even though the precondition ‘great tale’ pleased and horrific storylines would seem one teenager, upon graduating from university, is well on his sense to acquiring considerable assets inside the corporate environment once humans abandon him to progress to the next status. In contrast, the structure may utterly fail others and end up dying found. The more ordinary and combined results have been well expressed and, in certain aspects, stay longer to represent the unnerving combination (Shirk & Stangler, 2004). In the books context about care provision, it is assumed that teens from foster care are taken to school to acquire knowledge and skills that will help them sustain their future needs.
Initiatives and programs aimed at fostering children take a longer time to adapt to social trends that significantly affect the training of teenage progress. Adolescence, formerly assumed to finish at eighteen years of age, is stretched far into one’s middle years. At the same time, it may be realistic to expect a youthful person to take on full responsibility and achieve independence at a moment when graduation is leveraged into long-term jobs. Facts about the current labor market, in general, make this unlikely to anticipate due to the seldom exceptions. Youths twenty-one years are now eligible for relief aids. Governments must recognize youth likely to continue in foster homes until eighteen years, assist their self-reliability, and consequently transform into responsible adults (Shirk & Stangler, 2004). However, measures have been way past due and have made a significant difference. According to a study, kids moving out of custody who use supports provided by residential care projects outperform their system-involved peers in terms of academic and career results.
Nonetheless, the same research discovered that kids accessing additional tools often fall behind their classmates who do not. However, the concentration on present wants ignores the deficiencies children are facing. Result of events leading them to state custody, like the death of parents, neglect by the family, among negative encounters that most children face when in the process, such as life circumstances and, in some situations, further ill-treatment. It is vital, but not adequate, to give support services to adolescents when they come out of the care system.
The authors strengths and weaknesses are well captured from the book title. For example, resources like sustainable and easily accessible housing and career assistance are offered in the best circumstances. These teenagers are always left to navigate their livelihoods on their own and decide during challenging situations without dependable help and motivation, several of which have existence effects (Shirk & Stangler, 2004). It is impossible to find a teenager to manage the adolescent period’s problems lacking solid and constant support connections. It is a significant task to accept that the youth handle such ties. On the other hand, the stories in the book portray colorful, detailed, and incisive portraits of people’s beings; the article is eventually unsatisfying since writers leave it for the audience to piece gather the similar and varied ideas that run through the narratives. The text leaves the reader with several unresolved questions, which may have been solved through more comprehensive long-term and subjective models for understanding the experiences of these young people.
From the authors arguments, I get some reasonable points to agree with and disagree with some. For example, from the context, the author, on the other hand, does not explore these correlations in any logical manner. Several other strands of this nature are left in limbo. Furthermore, feasibly assessments of descriptive information collected from teenagers moving out of state custody, using existing theories such as those formed by others based on human growth and development, endurance, dealing, social benefits, and youth training perceptions. It would aid us in defining the procedures by which such youth achieve different results (Shirk & Stangler, 2004). Such endeavors would give us more specific roadmaps to help us fulfill the tremendous needs of these disadvantaged individuals.
I would anticipate a myriad of research methods using various methodologies, such as survival questionnaires involving teenagers soon before attaining eighteen years, conducting interviews, assessing their improvement through age. Facial expression talks would provide for significant recording of the circumstances they live in, and more intense research, like stalking young or encouraging adolescents to capture their everyday lifestyles. Additionally, when incident data are analyzed, discussions with counselors and other specialists are conducted, and helpful information could be obtained in multiple situations such as transitional housing projects. These methodologies would allow us to delve far deeper into the complexities of daily life in a range of social circumstances than individualized life systems. A wider group of further in-depth descriptive studies will still provide a more straightforward overview of these needy youths’ lived experiences and assist in determining the situations under which current resources and facilities are adequate and refer to previously unrecognized needs.
This engaging and insightful novel tells the tale behind the severe concerns for highly vulnerable children. It also gives the reader an understanding of their exceptional skills and perseverance. As a result, it emphasizes the value of descriptive study in furthering our view of these young life stories. Consequently, the novel On Their Own, like objective reporting, enhances insight into the challenges faced by teens aging out of residential care and how the current circumstances cause their failure. It also lacks the varieties of synthesized ideas and proof required to tell the future’s development substantively.

side note: i just want it to be rewrote on a lower level. 

Shirk, M., & Stangler, G. J. (2004). On their own: What happens to kids when they age out of the foster care system?