Books for Kids - Foster Care Adoption
- 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.
- Hootah's Baby by Joanne Green (ages 4+). This book is intended for children who have gone through court-ordered reliquishment or state custody. It tells the story about an owl who loves her baby very much, but is unable to be an 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.
- Murphy's Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman and Kathy O'Malley (ages 3-8). This books 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.
- Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond by Christine Mitchell (for children 2-8) focuses on the adoption of older children and is geared to help parents reassure children of their permanent place in the new family, and of how much they are wanted and loved.
- Family Day: Celebrating Ethan's Adoption Anniversary by Christine Mitchell (for ages 4-8) is the story of five year old Ethan and his family celebrating the one year anniversary of his adoption. The family discusses Ethan's feelings for his birth family and his adoption from the foster care system.
- 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.
- Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine M. Blomquist & Paul B. Blomquist, geared for children from 4-8 years old, follows Zachary the kitten on his journey through foster care and eventually adoption by a family of geese.
- W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook for Children in Foster Care - The Center for Adoption Support and Education released in 2009 a revised version of their WISE Up book focusing on empowereing children in foster care to handle their life story on their own terms. You'll have to contact C.A.S.E. about ordering copies.
- My Foster Care Journey by Beth O'Malley - New Cover
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.
- For When I'm Famous: A Foster/Adopt Teen LifeBook by Beth O'Malley - 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.
- Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, and Alissa Imre Geis - Addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns children in foster care most often face.
- Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important Series for ages 4-8) by Julie Nelson.
- 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 Series by Adam Robe - Great books to help children in the foster care/adoption system.