Foster Care

May 31st

How is today the last day of May? This month was one of the busiest for us, especially this last week. Some days it was multiple appointments, some days it was multiple appointments plus music classes PLUS play rehearsal. It has just been crazy, but I’m relieved to have a minute to myself today.

One of the things that I planned to write about during Foster Care Awareness Month was my personal reading list. The books that taught me about foster care and opened my eyes to some of the things that I would be experiencing.

The list is as follows:

  • Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison (Nonfiction)
    • This book was written by a real foster mother, who provides raw and honest stories of the children she has encountered. It was easily the most emotional of all the books I have read so far. This is number one on my list for prospective foster parents because it feels authentic.
  • The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine (Nonfiction)
    • The Connected Child is very much like the textbook of foster care. Every foster parent group on Facebook has recommended this book because it comes with helpful information on dealing with children who have been through trauma. Many parents swear the techniques within it have changed their lives. I have read through a little of it, but I keep it on my bookshelf as a reference for the future.
  • Raising Robots A Human Canvas: A Social Worker’s Journal by Kim Diaz (Nonfiction)
    • Josh and I came across this book at our Annual Foster Parent Conference through our agency. Kim was one of the first presenters and her stories were so inspiring that I picked up her book as soon as it was intermission. Kim Diaz has experienced many aspects of the foster care field, she’s been a teacher, a social worker, caseworker etc. This book includes poetry and personal experiences all written by her.
    • Kim Diaz also wrote a children’s book called The Perfect Match, which tells of one child’s foster care story that ends with a happy ending.
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Fiction)
    • This story is set in the 1930’s and tells of Rill Foss and her younger siblings lives after being taken from their parents. The stories in this book are based off the real life scandal of the Tennessee Children’s Home. This scandal was led by Georgia Tann, who stole children from poor families to sell them to rich families. Tann and her “agents” snatched children off the streets, told them their parents died and falsified adoption records in order to cover their tracks.
  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
    • This is a young adult fiction book about siblings who were separated and adopted. It shows the different paths of life for the three teenagers and explores the meaning of love and family in all forms. This one was also a bit of a tearjerker for me, but is very popular and has won two awards for young adult literature.

These are a few of the books that I’ve read and would definitely read again! I truly believe that they can appeal to anyone who is interested in foster care, whether they are currently foster parents or prospective parents.

Have you read any of these books? Are there any that you would suggest that aren’t on my list?

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