Recommended Books for Foster Parents
Looking for books specific to foster care? Are you baffled by the system or the kids behaviors? These books help deal with everyday life & the realities of fostering kids in the system. I personally adore the Love & logic books, they really seemed to make a difference. However depending on the ages & special needs of the kids you take you may find many other helpful.
You'll find autobiographies of former foster kids, foster parents & great books to add to your toolbox!
Another Place at the Table
This book is great for a view of how the system works, what will really happen with the kids & real life experiences. The writer has been a foster parent over 13 years & has seen more than her share of issues.
The Explosive Child
A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
Your not alone, the fits, the rage & the never ending arguments. There is help, this book is amazing, it not only helps explain the why's but puts practical tools in place to help you cope, help & deal with the little rager in your life.
Parenting the Hurt Child - Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow
Love & Logic Series
These books are helpful for any kids not just foster children. I have all the ones listed below & have referenced them many times when I felt lost.
This is the perfect starter book.
A great book if you have toddlers, it keeps parenting lighthearted & makes things a bit more manageable.
If you have teens you need this, it's funny, practical & Works!
Yep, it happens. A must read!
Great for any age bracket, very practical advice.
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
Books on Dealing with Behavior Problems
This does work, plan on really putting in some effort for a couple months. It's just as hard for adults to change their parenting style as kids with bad behavior.
Done the love & logic? Still pulling your hair out? Try this one.
Parents of kids with RAD will love this book.
All foster parents need this, So many kids are mislabeled.
If you have a special needs kiddo, this book really helps see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
A very captivating look at how a child perceived the foster care system & the challenges he faced by just being a "foster child". This one is a must read for prospective foster parents, the story is heart wrenching but the outcome is amazing.
A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive
This book is not for the squeamish, it's a graphic tale of an abused child in his own words. I would recommend it to anyone looking into foster care simply because it gives you the perspective of what the child may have gone through. Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy.
One Small Boat
The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found
A very touching story about a 5 year old in foster care with a past of sexual abuse & how she grows & copes. Written by the foster parent that helped her & witnessed her struggles.
Did I miss a fantastic book?
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