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“These reads reveal the struggles of growing up amid poverty and familial dysfunction, but also shed light on the strength of the human spirit.” Bookbub lists 29 books to read if you loved the The Glass Castle: Angela’s Ashes, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing, Etched in Sand…. 29…

Regina Calcaterra Op-Ed: Growing up in New York state’s foster care system in the 1980s, I was well aware of the plight of those who age out of foster care without a parent or safety net. They often ended up on public assistance, homeless or incarcerated. They did not attend…

It’s hard to glimpse the girl who described herself as a “bag of bones” in the self-assured, articulate woman behind the podium as she shares, “When I was growing up, only two percent of children in foster care would attend college.” She continues. “Today that percentage has risen to. ….

From Poughkeepsie Journal NEW PALTZ – Some are heading to graduate school. Some will go job hunting. Some are traveling. And some are coming back home. Nearly 1,900 State University of New York at New Paltz undergraduates set off into the next phase of their lives following Sunday’s commencement ceremonies. Another…

From legislative gazette website Life has come full circle for Regina Calcaterra, starting with her success as a student at SUNY New Paltz. After writing two books, an illustrious career in state government, and being named a partner at a law firm, Calcaterra is returning to New Paltz to be…




From Suffolk Times Website New Suffolk attorney and New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra didn’t listen when she was told to get a job after high school instead of pursuing a college degree. It wasn’t feasible, her foster care counselor explained, because she simply didn’t have the social and…

GIRL UNBROKEN A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho Kirkus Reviews, August 2, 2016. The follow-up to Calcaterra’s bestselling Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (2013).In her second book,…

In response to Etched in Sand’s unwavering momentum, HarperCollins Publishing recently announced Regina Calcaterra’s next book that will be released in October 2016.

Calcaterra’s next book chronicles the journey of her youngest sister Rosie Maloney after their abusive and alcoholic mother removed her from a foster home in New York and unwillingly dragged Rosie all the way to Idaho




Hesston College

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About 700 people gathered at Hesston College Oct. 5, completely filling the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary, to hear Regina share her story of child neglect, interaction with the foster care system and how small acts of caring make a difference to a child in need.




Hauppauge Library

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Regina spoke at Hauppauge Library, in Hauppauge, New York, on Sept. 27, 2015.