No Sugar Coating: The Coffee Talk You Need About Foster Parenting by Jillana Goble
No Sugar-Coating is a warm, straight-up guide that reads like a conversation with a knowledgeable friend. It is filled with practical suggestions interwoven with compelling narrative rooted in foster parenting experience. No Sugar-Coating offers valuable insight for those eager to learn more about foster parenting as well as an anchoring for those who have already welcomed vulnerable children through their front door.
Keep the Doors Open: Lessons Learned from a Year of Foster Parenting by Kristin Berry
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Will You Open Your Heart and Home to Children in Need? As a teenager, Kristin Berry had heard all the horror stories surrounding foster care and adoption—abuse, neglect, rejection, anger, and misunderstandings. But instead of closing her heart, God opened it wide. This is Kristin’s honest, unvarnished story of some of her experiences as a foster parent of twenty-three children over the course of nine years. What she learned is that living in a foster home is like living with a revolving door. You never know who will arrive or who you will have to say goodbye to. Leaving the door open means there will be heartache and pain, but also adventure and unexpected joy. Kristin and her husband, Mike, have been through it all in their unique parenting journey. If you have ever wondered what it’s really like to be a foster parent, this book will help you gain a true understanding of the everyday trials and triumphs these moms and dads face. It will also inspire you to consider opening your door…and to leave it wide open.
Dancing with a Porcupine: Parenting wounded children without losing your self by Jennie Lynn Owens
Publisher: Forever Homes
You're a foster parent or you've adopted children who've already had some years in foster care or spent their crucial early moments in an orphanage. You want so much to help them heal, but here you are at the end of your own rope. The kids are often angry, needy, rude, resentful- in fact they know too well how to push YOUR buttons. You feel guilty that sometimes you want to just quit. You feel inadequate; how can anyone bear the sadness and pain they've gone through, and that is now your burden too? What can you do - how can you make it through the day - how can you help your kids while also taking care of yourself? In Dancing with a Porcupine, Jennie Owens shares the compelling story of her struggle to save her own life while caring for three troubled children she and her husband adopted from foster care. How could she stay loving, giving, and forgiving in the midst of a daily battle with children acting out the rage, resentment, and pain of their own traumatic pasts? Is there such a thing as secondary trauma - and if so, what do you do about it? When faith, endurance and creativity are not enough, what's next?
A foster mom and co-recipient of the Goldie Foster Award describes her experiences with three troubled children whose traumatic experiences caused them to act out in dangerous ways. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
The Foster Dragon: A Story about Foster Care. (My Dragon Books) by Steve Herman
Publisher: DG Books Publishing
A Cute Children's Book to help Kids understand Foster Care and Adoption. Join Drew and his dragon Diggory Doo on this uplifting story to understand what it means to be a foster child and the many issues, questions, and feelings they have that are directly or indirectly affected by Foster Care. With the cute and relatable Dragon Diggory Doo going through the same issues children have, this is an essential book to help children cope with difficult challenges such as changing families, being removed from a home, or how scary things can be, and how to navigate the fears and feelings going into Foster Care. Educators and parents will find this book a great tool to help kids open up to discuss negative behaviors, as well as understanding and gaining trust for adults involved such as social workers, parents, lawyers, parents, therapists, and more... Read this book to children to give them the empowering affirmation that no matter how hard and uncertain things can be, they're loved and the adults involved are lending the helping hands, and what they can do to adjust to the new living associated with Foster Care. GET THIS BOOK NOW!
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