Abandoned: America's Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection
- Disconnection (not being in school or working) is higher in rural areas than in urban ones; in some rural counties, it is as high as 76%
- More than a quarter of disconnected teens as young as 16 and 17 don't live at home with their parents
- Among the top half of households, the average amount of help given to young adult children is a whopping $70,965
- Many 18-year-olds who age out of foster care leave the system with no formal education, no money, no employment, and no support network
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About the Author
Anne Kim is a writer, lawyer, and public policy expert with a long career in Washington, DC-based think tanks working in and around Capitol Hill. She is also a contributing editor at Washington Monthly, where she was a senior writer. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Governing, TheAtlantic.com, the Wall Street Journal, Democracy, and numerous other publications. She lives in northern Virginia.
Praise for Abandoned
"Perhaps the most compelling group in Kim's book are the teens who have 'aged out' of the foster care system. . . . We may not be able to provide caring parents' but as Kim notes' we can do a better job bolstering schools in poor areas and provide more training' employment and family planning programs."
--The Associated Press
"A remarkably important book. . . . Kim has set the table for a much-needed conversation about a population of young people neglected for far too long."
--Alex Kotlowitz, Washington Monthly
"Kim diagnoses a 'crisis of opportunity' among America's youth in this substantial and cogent analysis of U.S. public policy. . . . Policy makers and social justice advocates will find valuable insights in this sobering' well-sourced examination."
"A quietly powerful nonfiction debut. . . . the author enlivens the text with miniprofiles of beneficiaries of high-impact programs. An outstanding book for policymakers and people who work with adrift young people."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In defiance of stereotypes of lazy and unmotivated youth, Kim depicts young people who are eager to break into the workforce but face personal and structural obstacles that sabotage their efforts at every turn... [A] smart, solutions-focused examination of an often-overlooked social crisis."
"This comprehensive overview of the problem of disconnection among young adults in the U.S. offers proven solutions and concrete policy recommendations."
--Shelf Awareness (starred review)