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Hope: This book is Hope's recollection of her life before and during care. Memories prompted by real locations, sounds, social services files and events which have allowed her to provide extensive written and oral interviews to Morag Livingstone. Now in her mid-thirties, she has achieved beyond the reach of the majority of "Care Kids", thus far more than she would have done if she had stayed at home. Her files express her, and the social workers', desire to be accepted into Law School. Hope feared this opportunity and consciously took a different path by becoming pregnant at 18 and hence following the "expected path" of a child in care. Morag: is a published writer on social and corporate social responsibility issues. She is a videographer and documentary photographer (www.livingstonesphotos.com and www.nutmegcommunications.com) with a track record of working to promote positive change and raise awareness for corporations on the one hand and, on the other, those living in low income, poverty or with mental or physical health concerns. After gaining an Honours degree in Business Studies and 15 years in the corporate sector, Morag decided it was time to combine the creative with corporate ethical and social policies. In the process Morag attained a Masters Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. She has created multimedia films in Europe, Asia, Africa and America demonstrating her ability to bring an individuals story to life through story telling. Morag first came to know Hackney when she volunteered on a pilot project, working with young people on a collaborative approach with a mental health charity working with an art therapist to building confidence and skills through photography and writing. Hope and Morag met when they worked together for Citizens Advice on the film "Life After Debt" which focuses on the financial challenges faced by people with a disability.In writing this book we hope to bridge the gap between the perceptions and fears of people in care; to reach out to, and inspire looked after children, to believe in themselves, to provide them with hope about the future and to ask the thinkers in society when making decisions, to consider the child's perspective. This is Morag and Hopes first book. If you wish to contact Hope or Morag please do so through http://www.facebook.com/hope.believe1 or moraglivingstone@livingstonesphotos.com

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