Stuff in the ‘Adoption’ Category

30 July, 2015

THREE MORE WORDS, Ashley Rhodes-Courter

“…highly interesting, it serves as a window onto the foster-care system.” – Kirkus Reviews

The long awaited  sequel to the New York Times and London Times bestseller THREE LITTLE WORDS

 In her undeniably honThree More Wordsest and inspiring memoir Three Little Words, we were captivated by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, an amazing young woman who—through nine years, forty-four caseworkers, and fourteen foster homes—“not only survived, she thrived” (Teen People).   Since then Rhodes-Courter has become an international advocate for adoption and child welfare. She has been interviewed by Diane Sawyer and spoken on Capitol Hill. She was called upon to run for Florida State Senate. She became a foster and adoptive parent, helping children just like herself. And she has begun to come to terms with her past.

THREE MORE WORDS tells the riveting story of how the foster kid who refused to slip through the cracks has begun to change the world.

Each year, an estimated 30,000 adolescents age out of the foster care system without being adopted. Only about 7,000 of these young adults go on the college or vocational training. The remaining 23,000 children are left to fend for themselves, many becoming involved with drugs, alcohol, unplanned pregnancy, prostitution, and ultimately jail. This is a real problem affecting our nation and Rhodes-Courter is an advocate for change. She has the unique perspective of both a foster kid and parent, and aims to put the “child” back in “child welfare.”

THREE MORE WORDS also reveals the nuances of life after foster care, including college, marriage (which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked—literally—by some biological family members) and having kids, from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

 Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message.

 


26 March, 2010

Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, LCSW, is a former foster youth who went on to become a Clinical Social Worker, keynote speaker, foster/adoptive parent, and New York Times bestselling author (Three Little Words, Three More Words). Since her first national keynote at age 14, Ashley Rhodes-Courter has shared her story all over the world and in all 50 states.  Despite a nearly decade in an abusive foster care system with 14 different placements, Ashley excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.”  Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she saw suffering.

Her first book, Three Little Words (Simon & Schuster) was an international bestseller and has been published in 4 countries. Her second book, Three More Words (Simon & Schuster) debuted at #1 on Amazon Bestseller’s List. Both books are used in classrooms across the country and in various community and First Year Experience Collegiate programs. Three Little Words has been optioned for a major motion picture. Ashley’s debut picture book, Sam Is My Sister was published in March 2021.

Ashley has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Nancy Grace, ABC Primetime, and other national media outlets.  She frequently appears in local television and newspaper markets.

The Foundation for Sustainable Families (www.SustainableFamiliesFoundation.org) is a non-profit organization Ashley founded to help serve children and families in her own community. Ashley has turned her pain into power and her inspirational story of resilience, philanthropy, and overcoming hardships resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Ashley and her husband were Guardian ad Litem/CASA Volunteers before spending many years as foster parents. They now live in Florida with their three dynamic young children.

Find Ashley on the web at: www.Rhodes-Courter.com