Foster Care

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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.

Foster Care

Information
The reasons that children are placed with foster families vary, from neglect, abuse, and violence in the home, to economic reasons. Regardless of the circumstances, entering into foster care is always a very difficult time for the children involved, especially those of a very young age.Foster Care usually occurs in two main ways: Voluntarily: When a parent or family asks social services for help. And/or a Court order: When a judge decides that it is necessary for the child to be placed in the care of social services.

There are four main types of Foster Care: Day-care, Short-term (1 week to some months) Long-term (A year or more) and Relative (when another family member e.g. grandparents become the foster family). Using this book Entering into Foster Care can be a very confusing time for any child, with many feeling anxious and afraid about leaving their families behind to live with people they have never met. 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 going to stay with another family. But soon he finds that his new family are kind, caring and have time to have fun with him! By the time Sally the social worker comes to visit him he is feeling happy and safe in his new home.

Useful Links
www.ifca.ie The Irish Foster care Association
www.fostering.net The fostering network

Series One

Book reviews

  1. admin says:
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Social Worker
    These books have picked up on a very big gap in the whole area of direct work with children. When we as social workers go to work with children we are obliged to use materials usually from the U.K. simply because there is no Irish material available. The books are a delight to read; they’re colourful, clear and concise and convey difficult themes in a very child-centred manner…” Bronagh McKenna, child protection & foster care Social Worker H.S.E. Ireland.

    Amazon reviewer
    Foster care is a difficult situation to explain to a child and this book does it perfectly. Children will love the illustrations and would definitely relate to the main character and what he is feeling while going through the process. It’s a lovely way to reassure children they are not the only one’s going through this.

    Amazon Reviewer
    This is an excellent resource to introduce young children to the concept of foster care. I have bought quite a few books on this topic and this is definately one of the better ones out there. The illustrations are so cute.

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