Alan has a BA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut Law School. He has practiced law for 35 years and was Chief Counsel for the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was on the Board of Directors ofLifelong Learning Centers, a company operating educational programs for children living in various federally assisted apartment complexes.
He is the author of Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young which is a novel based on his experiences as a foster parent. He and his wife, Barbara, became foster parents in the late 1990s and do workshops aimed at foster parents of teenagers.
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Barbara Cohen was a school teacher who saw the need for more caring foster parents and works with Alan as advocates for these lost kids. You may listen to her interview by clicking here.
When teacher Roberta Allen, walked into her middle school principal's office, she encountered sisters Valentina and Selena Diaz, who were to be removed from their mother’s home once again by the Department of Families. The girls, after suffering years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their mother and sexual abuse by their mother’s male friends, are soon to be placed in the care of newly approved foster parents, Roberta and Hal Allen. The Allens must learn how to cope with the state bureaucracy even as Valentina, the younger sister, bonds with her new “Mom” and “Dad.” This is her story of persistence, love, and survival as she bravely confronts the people who had brought harm to her in the past.
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