Juvenile Nonfiction

Kids Need to Be Safe

A Book for Children in Foster Care

Author: Julie Nelson

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

ISBN: 1575427419

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5876

“Kids are important… They need safe places to live, and safe places to play.” For some kids, this means living with foster parents. In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book explains why some kids move to foster homes, what foster parents do, and ways kids might feel during foster care. Children often believe that they are in foster care because they are “bad.” This book makes it clear that the troubles in their lives are not their fault; the message throughout is one of hope and support. Includes resources and information for parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Families Change

A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights

Author: Julie Nelson

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

ISBN: 1575427427

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 8311

All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.
Juvenile Fiction

Maybe Days

A Book for Children in Foster Care

Author: Jennifer Wilgocki,Marcia Kahn Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781557988034

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 27

View: 6986

Introduces the people and procedures involved in foster care, and the feelings, reactions, and concerns of new foster children. Includes an afterword for caregivers.
Family & Relationships

A Different Home

A New Foster Child's Story

Author: Kelly DeGarmo,John DeGarmo

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857008978

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 48

View: 606

A sensitive picture book to help ease the anxieties of foster children aged 4 to 10 entering placement. In A Different Home, Jessie tells us her story of being placed in foster care. At first she is worried and has lots of questions. The new home is not like her old home -- she has a different bedroom, different clothes, and there's different food for breakfast. She also misses her family. When Jim and Debbie, her foster parents, answer her questions she begins to feel better and see that this different home is kind of nice. Written in simple language and fully illustrated in color, this storybook is designed to help children in care, or moving into care, to settle in and answer some of the questions they may have. Accompanied by notes for adults on how to use the story with children, it will be a useful book for foster parents and caseworkers, as well as social workers, teachers and anyone else working with children in foster care.
Family & Relationships

My Foster Family

A Story for Children Entering Foster Care

Author: Jennifer Levine

Publisher: Child Welfare League of Amer

ISBN: 9780878685370

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 15

View: 3653

Coloring book for children telling the story of Jamal, a boy in foster care, who, accompanied by his foster mother, is going to visit his biological mother.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Zachary's New Home

A Story for Foster and Adopted Children

Author: Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist,Paul B. Blomquist,Margo Lemieux

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780945354277

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5561

This story for adopted and foster children describes the adventures of Zachary the kitten, who is taken from his mother's house when his mot her is unable to take care of him. The book follows Zachary as he firs t goes into foster care and then is adopted by a family of geese. Zach ary experiences the expected and true-to-life feelings of shame, anger , rebelliousness, and hurt, and his adoptive parents struggle with the ir own feelings during Zachary's tougher times, until Zachary finally finds a place he can call home. The poignant story is brought to life by Margo Lemieux's detailed, evocative drawings.
Juvenile Fiction

Murphy's Three Homes

A Story for Children in Foster Care

Author: Jan Levinson Gilman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781433803840

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 6972

A dog describes the emotional ups and downs of being in multiple foster homes and living in unfamiliar surroundings. Includes note to parents.
Juvenile Fiction

Hootah's Baby

Author: Joanne Green

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781897512531

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 46

View: 5628

Hootah's Baby is an allegorical story about a mother owl whose life-style choices have made it impossible to be an effective mother. The community steps in to ensure the baby's safety. It is not about whether or not the mother loves her baby. It is all about mothering skills and the child's need to be safe. Hootah's Baby is a tool to be used to help children of court-ordered relinquishment and/or state custody to understand the complex issues that have led to their current life situation. Helps are included for the adult who reads this book with these children to be able to assist them to open windows of communication that will help them understand basic truths: they are not at fau
Family & Relationships

Second Time Foster Child

One Family's Fight for Their Son's Mental Healthcare and Preservation of Their Family

Author: Toni Hoy

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 161448161X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

View: 8521

“Toni walks us through the experience of having foster children with undiagnosed mental illness . . . moving and heart-wrenching” (Marcia Stein, PHR, CA, author of Strained Relations). As an infant, Daniel entered the foster care system as a result of severe neglect, which manifested in violence and aggression later in his childhood after he was adopted by Jim and Toni Hoy. Desperate to get him into a residential treatment center and keep their other children safe, Jim and Toni were given two options by the state of Illinois: either keep him in a psychiatric hospital or be charged by the Department of Children and Family Services with child endangerment for failure to protect their other children. Mental health professionals recommended abandoning Daniel at the hospital after the state denied all viable sources of funding for his treatment. So Daniel re-entered the foster care system for no other reason than he was mentally ill. A year later, Daniel’s mother discovered that his treatment was covered by a funding source that he was awarded as part of his special needs adoption. How could they get the state government to understand the federal law and re-gain custody of their son? Second Time Foster Child is the story of parents who never gave up on their son, despite being prosecuted and persecuted in exchange for his medically necessary treatment. “Toni Hoy bares her soul in this courageous true story of her family’s journey to help and heal her severely traumatized adopted son.” —Michael Groomer, founder, and Beverly Hansen, executive director, Advocates for Children of Trauma
Juvenile Fiction

Finding the Right Spot

When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents

Author: Janice Levy,Whitney Martin

Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)

ISBN: 9781591470731

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 8218

A young girl living with her foster parent describes the emotional ups and downs of being separated from her mother and living in unfamiliar surroundings.
Foster children

A Family for Sammy

Author: Kate Gaynor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780955578700

Category: Foster children

Page: 20

View: 5889

This book has been designed for parents, teachers, carers and social workers to read with children who are about to begin the process of Foster Care. The story is told through the eyes of the main character, Sammy, who is himself going through the Foster Care process. He refers to feelings of fear and doubt about his holiday to another family, but he is delighted to find that his new family are kind, caring and have time to have fun with him! By the time Sally the social worker comes to collect him he is feeling happy and safe in his new home. He returns to his family to find them happier than they had been when he left, and positive that he will have no fear of returning to a similar holiday family. By reading this story with your child, and discussing the experience of a child in a similar situation, the parent/social worker can enforce the fact that a holiday to a short-term foster family is a positive thing. It is something that children shouldn t fear, but in fact, look forward to! It also reassures them that when the holiday is over they will be returning to their families, and that it is not a permanent mov

The Self-driven Child

The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

Author: William Stixrud,Ned Johnson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735222517

Category: Education

Page: 384

View: 1289

A clinical psychologist and a test-prep expert combine cutting-edge brain science with insights from their work with families to outline a case for giving children more freedom to unleash their full potential.
Juvenile Fiction

Speranza's Sweater

A Child's Journey Through Foster Care and Adoption

Author: Marcy Pusey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781948283755

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 5198

Speranza wears her sweater everywhere, hanging onto the last memories of her birth home, until it's threadbare. Like her unraveled sweater, Speranza must weave together a new story, bringing threads from her past and strands from her present, into a new future of love, family, and the true meaning of home.

Foster Care

One Dog's Story of Change

Author: Julia Cook

Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues

ISBN: 9781937870461

Category: Education

Page: 32

View: 7344

In this heartfelt story from the bestselling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, Foster meets new friends and a kind foster mom who help him navigate the fears and feelings associated with going into foster care. Foster has lived with his mom and "sometimes dad" all of his life...until now. And like so many others entering foster care, he has more questions than answers and so many new feelings to deal with. "I don't know what's going to happen to me. Will I end up being like Zeke? Will I have a new forever mom? Can I visit my mom once a week?" I have so much going on inside me right now. I feel angry, guilty, scared, hurt, and sad. But maybe the others are right. Maybe being here isn't so bad." Written in an honest, approachable way, Foster Care will encourage children entering or already in foster care and help them understand they are not alone. Foster, Daisy, Zeke, Simpson, and Rex all have different circumstances which brought them to foster care. Together they talk through their stories and realize this is right where they need to be for now; under the caring watch of foster mom, Miss Beulah.
Family & Relationships

The Foster Parenting Manual

A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home

Author: John DeGarmo

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857007955

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

View: 4451

The Foster Parenting Manual is a comprehensive guide offering proven, friendly advice for novice and experienced parents alike. Distilling many years' experience into one book, John DeGarmo combines his own wisdom with that of fellow foster parents. He describes what to expect from the process, how to access help and how to ensure the best care for your child. He tackles thorny issues such as children's use of the Internet and social media, managing contact with birth parents and how to support your child at school. Most importantly, he provides advice designed to help your child feel safe, secure and loved. The Foster Parenting Manual offers seasoned, sympathetic advice that will be valued by foster parents and the professionals who support them.
Adopted children

Growing Up in the Care of Strangers

The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids

Author: Waln K. Brown,John Seita

Publisher: William Gladden Foundation

ISBN: 9780982451007

Category: Adopted children

Page: 175

View: 1326

Finding Your Hero

Author: Jamie Schwandt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996815123


Page: 32

View: 6657

A Children's book about succeeding as a foster child. Written for foster children and as an educational resource by former foster child Dr. Jamie Schwandt. This book was written, illustrated, and designed to appeal to elementary age children. We want to change the stigma of foster care starting with you! You can say the system is ineffective and overwhelmed, but we can do better. Let us, instead, overwhelm it with energy, enthusiasm, and action. Foster care is about opportunity and improvement; which every child deserves.
Health & Fitness

Dirt Is Good

The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System

Author: Jack Gilbert,Rob Knight

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250132622

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 2135

From two of the world’s top scientists and one of the world’s top science writers (all parents), Dirt Is Good is a q&a-based guide to everything you need to know about kids & germs. “Is it OK for my child to eat dirt?” That’s just one of the many questions authors Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight are bombarded with every week from parents all over the world. They've heard everything from “My two-year-old gets constant ear infections. Should I give her antibiotics? Or probiotics?” to “I heard that my son’s asthma was caused by a lack of microbial exposure. Is this true, and if so what can I do about it now?” Google these questions, and you’ll be overwhelmed with answers. The internet is rife with speculation and misinformation about the risks and benefits of what most parents think of as simply germs, but which scientists now call the microbiome: the combined activity of all the tiny organisms inside our bodies and the surrounding environment that have an enormous impact on our health and well-being. Who better to turn to for answers than Drs. Gilbert and Knight, two of the top scientists leading the investigation into the microbiome—an investigation that is producing fascinating discoveries and bringing answers to parents who want to do the best for their young children. Dirt Is Good is a comprehensive, authoritative, accessible guide you've been searching for.
Family & Relationships

To the End of June

The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

Author: Cris Beam

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547999534

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 337

View: 5558

A New York Times Notable Book that “casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system” (NPR’s On Point). Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family. Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change. “A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.” —The New York Times “[A] powerful . . . and refreshing read.” —Chicago Tribune “A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful.” —Salon
Juvenile Fiction


Author: Julie Pearson,Manon Gauthier

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781927485859

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 8243

Elliot's parents love him very much, but all is not well. When he cries, they do not understand why. When he yells, they do not know what to do. When he misbehaves, they do not know how to react. One day a social worker named Thomas comes to visit, and Elliot's world turns upside-down. Manon Gauthier's soft collage illustrations feature approachable rabbit characters, while Julie Pearson's soothing, repetitive text guides Elliot gently through the foster child system. The new families that care for the little boy are kind, but everything is strange and new, and the sudden changes make him want to cry and yell AND misbehave. Then, when it becomes clear that Elliot's parents will never be able to take him back, Thomas sets out to find Elliot one last home - a forever, forever home with a family that will love and care for him no matter what.