We have soooo many books in our house that it’s ridiculous! The only solution is …. to buy more books! While I was searching for non-religious books about foster care and adoption I thought I’d share my list with you:
Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important Series)
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.
Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
Will I live with my parents again? Will I stay with my foster parents forever? For children in foster care, the answer to many questions is often “maybe.” Maybe Days addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns these children most often face. Honest and reassuring, it also provides basic information that children want and need to know, including the roles of various people in the foster care system and whom to ask for help. An extensive afterword for adults caring for foster children describes the child’s experience, underscores the importance of open communication, and outlines a variety of ways to help children adjust to the “maybe days”- and to thrive.
Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care (Kids Are Important)
“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.
Zachary’s New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children
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.
Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care
Murphy, a Tibetan Terrier puppy is told he is a >good luck dog’ he is cheerful, happy, and loves to play and wag his tail. However, after going through two different homes and an animal shelter, Murphy starts to feel like a >bad luck dog’ who nobody wants. Murphy’s Three Homes follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self-doubt, and hope for a new, loving family. Finally, Murphy is placed in a caring foster home where he feels comfortable and valued. He learns that he is not a bad dog after all and can go back to being a playful puppy and a >good luck dog’!
Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents
Written for children who are living with anyone other than their parents, this story is narrated by a spirited young girl who is living with Aunt Dane (not her real aunt) for a while, until her mother is able to care for her again.
A Family For Sammy – A story to help explain Foster Care to young kids
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 move.
Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond
Finally….a book that genuinely celebrates a young child joining their forever family past infancy. With its touching message of love and reassurance, and whimsical illustrations, Welcome Home, Forever Child is sure to be cherished by children and parents alike. While best suited to children ages two to eight, this gem will undoubtedly be enjoyed by older children as well. Most children’s adoption books reflect infant adoptions, and may not be appropriate for the older child who spent their early years in foster care or an orphanage. Welcome Home, Forever Child is a much needed book that social workers and therapists will want to recommend to families who adopted their child past the age of two. The book helps parents reassure children of their permanent place in the new family, and of how much they are wanted and loved.
Choco was a little bird who lived all alone. He wished he had a mother, but who could his mother be? “Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader.”–Kirkus Reviews, pointer review. “Young listeners will be charmed by the book’s humor, warmth, and surprise ending.”–Horn Book. Full color. Age 3-6.
A chubby-faced yellow bird with blue-striped feet, Choco believes that physical similarity is a prerequisite for family relationships. He asks a series of animals who bear even the slightest resemblance to him if they might be his mother, but all turn him away. Discouraged by their rejection, Choco is pleasantly surprised when Mrs. Bear takes an interest in him, plays with and cuddles him, and ultimately offers him a home. The presence of other “adoptees” is made obvious as a young alligator, hippopotamus, and pig welcome Choco into his new family. The endearing watercolor paintings are bold and bright enough to appeal to the very youngest listeners, and there is a wealth of character and personality evident in the animals’ expressions. These pictures, along with the minimal, repetitive text, make this an excellent choice for storytime use. The emphasis on caring and sharing despite superficial differences will surely find a wide audience. A multicultural message may also be read into this satisfying story with appealing illustrations and a very happy ending. –Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story
Rosie’s Family is a story about belonging in a family regardless of differences. Rosie is a beagle who was adopted by schnauzers. She feels different from the rest of her family and sets forth many questions that children who were adopted may have.
I’d love to increase my list. Are there any non-religious
books that I should know about? Please share!