Here’s a Tear-Jerker

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Looking for a good, tear-jerking read? May we suggest Cris Beam’s essay “He’s Our Baby: What Happens When a Child is Placed in Foster Care.” Cris illustrates the complicated issues behind the temporary solution of foster care.

The essay is an except from her book called To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, an in-depth portrait of a system that affects thousands of children each year.


Kelly Opdycke is a Rumpus intern and an optimist with realist tendencies. She spent her summer at 826LA, where she helped English-Language Learners master homophones in the Amazon, take notes while exploring the Endeavour space shuttle, and write resumes that explain their exceptional hide-and-seek skills. Before this, she received her master’s degree from CSULA. She will be applying to doctoral programs this fall. More from this author →