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A suddenly desirable demographic?: Care leavers in higher education

Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal
Issue 33 (Spring 2012)

Abstract: Graduation ceremony and celebration in December 2008, I decided to spend the evening viewing the 1985 television adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's 1908 book, 'Anne of Green Gables'. Still clad in my mortar board, gown and stole, and clutching my graduation teddy bear, I watched as the delightfully energetic, imaginative and enthusiastic young Anne arrives at the train station in Avonlea, desperately anxious to stay with her prospective new foster parents. "Who wouldn't want to live there with all those green hills, the blossoming apple trees, and quaint weatherboard farmhouse," I thought, knowing full well that as a foster kid I had longed for Anne's life. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert had decided to take on an orphanage boy whose job it would be to assist the ageing Matthew on the farm. Since Anne had been mistakenly sent to the farm instead, her future hangs in the balance for a time until, appalled by stories of brutality and over work that little Anne had experienced in orphanages and foster care, Marilla finally agrees with Matthew and the pair adopt the child.

To cite this article: Michell, Dee. A suddenly desirable demographic?: Care leavers in higher education [online]. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, No. 33, Spring 2012: 44-58. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=641038352400865;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1445-6818. [cited 26 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Michell, Dee; Source: Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, No. 33, Spring 2012: 44-58 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1445-6818 Subject: Youth--Psychology; Foster children--Care; Youth--Deinstitutionalization; Foster children--Education; Foster children--Services for; Youth--Social conditions; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Academic, University of Adelaide

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