Books for Kids - Foster Care Adoption
- 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
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 -
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
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.