Foster Care Books for Adults

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Orphans of the Living: Stories of America’s Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Toth – A compelling, eye-opening look at the experience of older children in the foster care system. Toth visited foster care homes, orphanages, and juvenile detention centers to record the stories of the children trying to survive within the system. In turn humorous and heartbreaking, Orphans of the Living provides a voice for the people most affected by the foster care system: the children.


The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell – Victoria Rowell spent her life in foster care. This book is a tribute to the women who raised and mentored her, including her mentally ill birth mother, and highlights how love triumphs biology every time. Rowell has succeeded as a well known TV actress (Diagnosis Murder and The Young and The Restless) and founded a non profit to help children in foster care.


Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison – The authentic story of one woman’s experience as a veteran foster parent.  It is a tale of life at our social services’ front lines, centered on three children who, when they come together in Harrison’s home, nearly destroy it. It is the frank first-person story of a woman whose compassionate best intentions for a child are sometimes all that stand between violence and redemption. You can listen to my interview with the author on the Creating a Family radio show.


To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam – 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.


Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter – The inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.



Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey by John DeGarmo – The emotional story of DeGarmo and his family’s journey to live out God’s call for them to open their home as foster parents. DeGarmo and his wife have been foster parents for over fifteen years and have had more than fifty children come through their home. Fostering Love is a frank look at the struggles and rewards of the experience.


Love and Mayhem: One Big Family’s Uplifting Story of Fostering and Adoption by John DeGarmo – An honest and open account of the struggles, sadness and joy that comes with the job of being a parent to a traumatized child. A foster parent for more than fifteen years, DeGarmo gives a poignent account of the rewards and being satisfied of having foster children in spite and despite of the sacrifices and pain. A great insight to the large families having a foster child or adopted child.

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