A Place Called Home: A Memoir (A FAN Virtual Event with David Ambroz)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome David Ambroz, author of the new book, A Place Called Home. Ambroz will be interviewed by Brandon Nichols. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of A Place Called Home from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ambroz that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book:  There are millions of children in America today dealing with housing insecurity and in A Place Called Home, award-winning child welfare advocate David Ambroz writes about growing up unhoused in New York for eleven years and his subsequent years in foster care, offering a window into what so many kids living in poverty experience every day. When Ambroz and his siblings should be in elementary school, they are instead walking the streets seeking shelter while their mother is battling mental illness. They rest in train stations, 24-hour diners, anywhere that’s warm and dry; they bathe in public restrooms and steal food to quell their hunger.

When Ambroz is placed in foster care, at first it feels like salvation but soon proves to be just as unsafe. He’s moved from home to home and, in all but one placement, he’s abused. His burgeoning homosexuality makes him an easy target for other’s cruelty. He finds hope and opportunities in libraries, schools, and the occasional kind-hearted adult; he harnesses an inner grit to escape the all-too-familiar outcome for a kid like him. Through hard work and unwavering resolve, he receives a scholarship to Vassar College, his first significant step out of poverty. Ambroz later graduated from UCLA School of Law, and currently serves as the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon.

About the Author: David Ambroz is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate and author of the 2022 memoir A Place Called Home. He was recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. He currently serves as the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon.  Previously he led Corporate Social Responsibility for Walt Disney Television and served as the President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, and as a member of the California Child Welfare Council. After growing up unhoused for years and then in foster care, he graduated from Vassar and later from UCLA School of Law (J.D.). He is a foster dad and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

About the Interviewer: Brandon Nichols became Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in April 2022. He is well respected throughout Los Angeles County and is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of expertise in child welfare, foster care, adoptions, and mental health. Nichols previously served the DCFS as Chief Deputy Director and Acting Director. Prior to that, he served as an attorney for the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office where he represented and advised DCFS for a number of years. Most recently, Nichols played a significant role in efforts to provide mental health services to inmates throughout the Los Angeles County jails, and worked as the Executive Director of the County’s Jail Closure Implementation Team that focused on decarcerating and closing the Men’s Central Jail.

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Virtual Zoom Event
A Place Called Home: A Memoir By David Ambroz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306903540
Availability: Backordered
Published: Legacy Lit - September 13th, 2022

Zibby Owens 2022 Book of the Year

A galvanizing, stirring memoir about growing up homeless and in foster care and rising to become a leading advocate for child welfare, recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change.  “You will fall in love with David Ambroz, his beautifully-told, gut-wrenching story, and his great big hea