Hope's boy a memoir
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When Andrew Bridge was seven years old, he and his mother slid deeper and deeper into poverty, until they were reduced to scavenging for food in trash bins. Welfare officials did little more than threaten to take Andrew away, until a social worker arrived with a police escort and did just that, while his mother screamed on the sidewalk. This began Andrew's descent into the foster care system - 'care' being a terrible irony, as he received almost none for the next eleven years.