A Discussion on Foster Care in Appalachia
Deborah Gold and Wendy Welch will be visiting City Lights on Saturday, August 25th at 3 p.m. to present an event on foster care and the lives of children affected by the opioid epidemic in Appalachia.
Gold’s memoir, Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Care and Beyond, has been endorsed by figures such as Robert Morgan, Ron Rash, and Lee Smith. Rash stated, “Counting Down is a deeply moving memoir about both the rewards and the daunting challenges of being a foster parent...Gold has created a unique and valuable book. Bravo.” Deborah Gold is the pseudonym of a teacher, writer, and former foster parent. Licensed as foster parents for fifteen years, she and her husband have now gained custody of two siblings.
Welch’s book, Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia, is more journalistic and is described as a “compelling, unvarnished glimpse into the complex world of foster care and adoption in modern-day Appalachia,” by Senator Bill Carrico of the Virginia State Legislature. Welch is a bookseller, ethnographer, and journalist, and is also the author of The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap and editor of Public Health In Appalachia. She divides her time between writing up observations of Appalachia and working to make it a more just and verdant place.
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