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Recommended Books for Foster Parents

Updated on October 31, 2014

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

Parenting the Hurt Child
Parenting the Hurt Child

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow (Hollywood Nobody)

This book is worth reading a few times & adding bookmarks! With 3 teens in the house it's advice is crucial to understanding what they have been thru & why they think like they do. It's an amazing book.

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.

Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting From Birth to Six Years
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting From Birth to Six Years

A great book if you have toddlers, it keeps parenting lighthearted & makes things a bit more manageable.

 
How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect
How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect

Great for any age bracket, very practical advice.

 

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Thinking of adopting? This book is a great read while you are waiting to meet your kiddo. It brings it down to their level & points out what may not be obvious when you are in the process.

Books on Dealing with Behavior Problems

10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior
10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior

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.

 
Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids
Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids

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.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      What a resource! Thanks for collecting this info in one convenient place.

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      Samantha Devereux 4 years ago from Columbia Mo

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A new one is The Foster Parenting Toolbox edited by Kim Hansel find it here on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Foster-Parenting-Toolbox-edi...

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      howtobeafosterparent 5 years ago

      Great Lens!. I will definitely re-visit when I can review all the books.My and I foster 6 children and we're always looking for books to help improve our family.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've read several of these books but the best teacher is experience. I've been a foster parent for 15 years. I think I've seen it all until the next child comes with new surprises. You can not believe some of the lives these poor kids have led and the horrors they've been exposed to - their disclosures are raw and shocking. For you folks thinking about becoming foster parents - don't wait! There is a great need for good people who want to make this world a better place for a child in need. You can change a life - and it will definitely change yours!

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      JillY88 5 years ago

      It has always amazed me how children can be put into such terrible foster homes where foster parents treat them so badly, I want to save them all. I think about being a foster parent a lot and I read a lot of books about raising children. Some of these books look very good. Thanks for a very informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking to be a Foster Carer and would love more knowledge and help about the process so I am well prepared, any info or people out there??????Any good books to read to help me?

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Great resources. Angel blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My name is april, I was in foster care for two years... There was a book that I read that really stuck with me. It was about a girl and her brother and they were placed in a home where the house mother treated them horibly drink hot sauce when they got in trouble and didnt get to eat things like that... I would love to get it but I cant seem to remember the name of the book :( I can picture the cover and what it looks like and have searched for it and nothing if you can help me it would mean so much! aprilw50@yahoo.com is my email

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Wonderful!

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