Books for Kids in Foster Care


    A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story by Kelly DeGarmo (Ages 4-10 years old) – A picture book depicting the story of a young girl named Jessie and her experience of being placed in foster care. This book is highly recommended for use by parents and professionals working with children in foster care.

     

     

     

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    Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman and Kathy O’Malley (ages 3-8) – This book tells the story of a puppy named Murphy who is moved from place to place until he ends up at a home where he is loved and cared for. It is written for foster children, but it could also be used to introduce siblings to the concept of foster care adoption.

     

     

    My Foster Care Journey

    My Foster Care Journey by Beth O’Malley (ages 1-8) – A “ready-made” LifeBook suitable for any child who has spent time in foster care. It captures essential information while helping the child to make sense of their life. Spiral bound and has 27 fill-in-the-blank pages.

     

     

     

    Hootah's BabyHootah’s Baby by Joanne Green (ages 4+) – This book is intended for children who have gone through court-ordered relinquishment or state custody. It tells the story about an owl who loves her baby very much, but is unable to be a good mother, so others in the community step in to keep the baby safe. The book also includes a help section for adults with tips for promoting an open discussion about the issue.

     

     

    Zachary's New Home

    Zachary’s New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine M. Blomquist & Paul B. Blomquist (ages 4-8) – Follows Zachary the kitten on his journey through foster care and eventual adoption by a family of geese.

     

     

     

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    A Foster-Adoption Story: Angela and Michael’s Journey: A Therapeutic Workbook for Traumatized Children by Regina M. Kupecky and Christine Mitchell follows Angela and Michael, a brother and sister, from their abusive birth family through the foster care system to their eventual adoption. The workbook is designed to foster discussions about the child’s time in the foster care system, multiple moves, separation issues, loyalty issues and siblings.

     

     

    Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

    Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, and Alissa Imre Geis (ages 4 +) – Addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns children in foster care most often face.

     

     

     

    Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights

    Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important Series for ages 4-8) by Julie Nelson. All families change and this book focuses on helping children know it is not their fault.

     

     

     

    Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents

    Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents (ages 4-8) by Janice Levy. A great story about disappointment and reconciliation.

     

     

     

     

    Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Julie Nelson (Ages 4-10) 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. 

     

     


    Robbie Rabbit SeriesRobbie Rabbit Series
     by Adam Robe – Great series of books to help children in the foster care/adoption system. Adopted at age nine, Adam Robe is now a child welfare professional and author. If you’ve been looking for quality foster care adoption book for children, you can stop searching. The popular Robbie’s Trail Through Foster Care book is designed to help children adjust better to tough changes in life. An adult reads the story with the child and then both work through the activity book together; the adult uses the supplemental adult guide to help spark discussion, guide adult responses, etc.

     

     

    My Lifebook Journal: A Workbook for Children in Foster Care (ages 6-12) is a tool to help foster children build self-esteem, deal with feelings of sadness and anger, identify key people in their life, and explore the complex thoughts and feelings they may have as they transition in foster care. 

     

     

     

    Wise Up Powerbook

    W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook for Children in Foster Care (ages 6-16) – The Center for Adoption Support and Education released in 2009 a revised version of their WISE Up book focusing on empowering children in foster care to handle their life story on their own terms.

     

     

     

    Waiting-to-Forget

    Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch (ages 10+)- A story about two siblings who have been adopted from foster care but have not let go of their difficult past.

     

     

     

     

    Three Little WordsThree Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Couter (ages 12+) – Ashley was removed from her mother at the age of four and spent the next nine years bouncing between fourteen different foster homes before finally finding her forever family. Three Little Words chronicles the trauma of being removed from her mother through the difficulties of foster care and the horror of an abusive foster family while also showing the need for compassion from everyone involved in foster care.

     

     

    For When I'm Famous

    For When I’m Famous: A Foster/Adopt Teen LifeBook by Beth O’Malley (13+) – A workbook just for teens who have been, or are currently in foster care. It is 31 fill-in-the-blank pages, starting with their birthday party invite list and ending with dreams for the future.

     

     

    A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story by Kelly DeGarmo (Ages 4-10 years old) – A picture book depicting the story of a young girl named Jessie and her experience of being placed in foster care. This book is highly recommended for use by parents and professionals working with children in foster care.

     

     

     

    Murphys-Three-Homes-A-Story-for-Children-in-Foster-CareMurphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman and Kathy O’Malley (ages 3-8) – This book tells the story of a puppy named Murphy who is moved from place to place until he ends up at a home where he is loved and cared for. It is written for foster children, but it could also be used to introduce siblings to the concept of foster care adoption.

     

     

    My Foster Care Journey

    My Foster Care Journey by Beth O’Malley (ages 1-8) – A “ready-made” LifeBook suitable for any child who has spent time in foster care. It captures essential information while helping the child to make sense of their life. Spiral bound and has 27 fill-in-the-blank pages.

     

     

     

    Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Julie Nelson (Ages 4-10) 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. 

     

     

     

    A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story by Kelly DeGarmo (Ages 4-10 years old) – A picture book depicting the story of a young girl named Jessie and her experience of being placed in foster care. This book is highly recommended for use by parents and professionals working with children in foster care.

     

     

     

    Hootah's BabyHootah’s Baby by Joanne Green (ages 4+) – This book is intended for children who have gone through court-ordered relinquishment or state custody. It tells the story about an owl who loves her baby very much, but is unable to be a good mother, so others in the community step in to keep the baby safe. The book also includes a help section for adults with tips for promoting an open discussion about the issue.

     

     

    Zachary's New Home

    Zachary’s New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine M. Blomquist & Paul B. Blomquist (ages 4-8) – Follows Zachary the kitten on his journey through foster care and eventual adoption by a family of geese.

     

     

     

    A-Foster-Adoption-StoryAngela-and-Michaels-Journey-A-Therapeutic-Workbook-for-Traumatized-ChildrenA Foster-Adoption Story: Angela and Michael’s Journey: A Therapeutic Workbook for Traumatized Children by Regina M. Kupecky and Christine Mitchell follows Angela and Michael, a brother and sister, from their abusive birth family through the foster care system to their eventual adoption. The workbook is designed to foster discussions about the child’s time in the foster care system, multiple moves, separation issues, loyalty issues and siblings.

     

     

    Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

    Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, and Alissa Imre Geis (ages 4 +) – Addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns children in foster care most often face.

     

     

     

    Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights

    Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important Series for ages 4-8) by Julie Nelson. All families change and this book focuses on helping children know it is not their fault.

     

     

     

    Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents

    Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents (ages 4-8) by Janice Levy. A great story about disappointment and reconciliation.

     

     

     


    Robbie Rabbit SeriesRobbie Rabbit Series
     by Adam Robe – Great books to help children in the foster care/adoption system. Adopted at age nine, Adam Robe is now a child welfare professional and author. If you’ve been looking for quality foster care adoption book for children, you can stop searching. The popular Robbie’s Trail Through Foster Care book is designed to help children adjust better to tough changes in life. An adult reads the story with the child and then both work through the activity book together; the adult uses the supplemental adult guide to help spark discussion, guide adult responses, etc.

     

    Wise Up Powerbook

    W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook for Children in Foster Care (ages 6-16) – The Center for Adoption Support and Education released in 2009 a revised version of their WISE Up book focusing on empowering children in foster care to handle their life story on their own terms.

     

     

     

    My Lifebook Journal: A Workbook for Children in Foster Care (ages 6-12) is a tool to help foster children build self-esteem, deal with feelings of sadness and anger, identify key people in their life, and explore the complex thoughts and feelings they may have as they transition in foster care. 

     

     

     

    Under-His-Wings

    Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted, Orphaned, and Waiting Children’s Hearts by Sherrie Eldridge & Beth Willis Miller (ages 9 +) – This religious curriculum is meant for ages 9 and older. Written by adult adoptees, it uses the story of Moses to help adoptees work through issues surrounding their relinquishment and adoption.

     

     

    Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Julie Nelson (Ages 4-10) 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. 

     

     


    Wise Up Powerbook

    W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook for Children in Foster Care (ages 6-16) – The Center for Adoption Support and Education released in 2009 a revised version of their WISE Up book focusing on empowering children in foster care to handle their life story on their own terms.

     

     

     

    My Lifebook Journal: A Workbook for Children in Foster Care (ages 6-12) is a tool to help foster children build self-esteem, deal with feelings of sadness and anger, identify key people in their life, and explore the complex thoughts and feelings they may have as they transition in foster care. 

     

     

    Under-His-Wings

    Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted, Orphaned, and Waiting Children’s Hearts by Sherrie Eldridge & Beth Willis Miller (ages 9 +) – This religious curriculum is meant for ages 9 and older. Written by adult adoptees, it uses the story of Moses to help adoptees work through issues surrounding their relinquishment and adoption.

     

     

    Waiting-to-Forget

    Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch (ages 10+)- A story about two siblings who have been adopted from foster care but have not let go of their difficult past.

     

     

     

     

    Three Little WordsThree Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Couter (ages 12+) – Ashley was removed from her mother at the age of four and spent the next nine years bouncing between fourteen different foster homes before finally finding her forever family. Three Little Words chronicles the trauma of being removed from her mother through the difficulties of foster care and the horror of an abusive foster family while also showing the need for compassion from everyone involved in foster care.

     

    For When I'm Famous

    For When I’m Famous: A Foster/Adopt Teen LifeBook by Beth O’Malley (13+) – A workbook just for teens who have been, or are currently in foster care. It is 31 fill-in-the-blank pages, starting with their birthday party invite list and ending with dreams for the future.

     
     

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