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The Informed Foster Parent Library

Dr. Waln Brown "Waln K. Brown, Ph.D., CEO the William Gladden Foundation Press"
The list author says: "Are you a foster parent striving to be the best caregiver to a foster child that you can be? Then this is a list of books that can answer your questions and help your foster child integrate successfully into your family."
If Not for Dreams
If Not for Dreams
"A "must read" foster care memoir written by a brilliant and dedicated alumna."
Practical Tools for Foster Parents
Practical Tools for Foster Parents
"The Boys Town Press published this instructive book to provide foster parents the tools they need to improve the lives of foster children."
Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids
Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids
"A collection of 11 personal stories of foster care alumni who are now college-educated professionals and work with, research, write about and advocate on behalf of foster children, including their individual and collective recommendations for reforming the child welfare system."
Another Place at the Table
Another Place at the Table
"The uplifting memoir of the Harrison family's 13 years of foster parenting youth at-risk and the lessons they learned."
The Other Side of Delinquency
The Other Side of Delinquency
"A "classic" memoir about a former juvenile delinquent, foster child and mental hospital patient who turned his life around, earned a Ph.D. and now studies the recovery process.  Includes case records."
The Long Winter: One Man's Journey Through the Darkness of Foster Care
The Long Winter: One Man's Journey Through the Darkness of Foster Care
"Paul Owen grew up in a poverty-stricken home wherein his single mother did her best to raise him on welfare and food stamps.  But when Owen was only thirteen, his mother died of cancer, leaving him at the mercies of relatives and foster care.  The Long Winter is the story of his journey through seven foster homes, across three states, during his high school years."
Success as a Foster Parent: Everything You Need to Know About Foster Care
Success as a Foster Parent: Everything You Need to Know About Foster Care
"A great primer for individuals or couples thinking about becoming foster parents."
The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
"Fifty-seven essays written by teens currently (at the time of writing) in foster care."
Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir
Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir
"A captivating memoir about the 14 years the author and her two sisters spent in a series of foster and adoptive homes."
In whose best interest?: One child's odyssey, a nation's responsibility
In whose best interest?: One child's odyssey, a nation's responsibility
"The inspirational and revealing story of a foster child's odyssey through 17 foster homes and institutions that reveals what was required for him to grow beyond a painful past and earn his doctorate."
Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past
Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past
"This is an instructive book for caring substitute parents who realize the value of being truthful when addressing a foster or adoptive child's questions in developmentally sensitive ways."
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
"One woman's tribute to the value of loving relationships and guidance in foster care."
Foster Parenting: A Simple Guide to Understanding What It's All About
Foster Parenting: A Simple Guide to Understanding What It's All About
"A foster parent crafts a simple, no-nonsense guide to foster caring."
There Is an Urgency
There Is an Urgency
"An inspiring story of growing past the limitations imposed by drug-abusing parents and a horrifying foster care system experience to becoming a special education teacher."
Hope's Boy
Hope's Boy
"A gut-wrenching memoir about the negative effects of inappropriate and dangerous child welfare placements, written by a former foster child who became a Harvard-trained attorney."
Three Little Words: A Memoir
Three Little Words: A Memoir
"An inspiring read for kids currently in foster care."
An Unlit Path
An Unlit Path
"Author Deborah Hannah bares her soul in this revealing story about fostering and adopting hard-to-place children."
Kids Who Outwit Adults
Kids Who Outwit Adults
"Written by a former foster child and his mentor, this insightful book is a survival guide for everyone who works with, fosters or adopts hostile and resistant youth."
The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care
The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care
"A sensitive and beautifully illustrated book to help foster children 10 or younger transition to a foster care setting."
On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System
On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System
"Aging out of foster care can be a very difficult adjustment, and too many foster care alumni struggle and succumb, while others succeed, as the case histories in this book attest to."
Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child
Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child
"The emotionally-charged story of an inept and insensitive child welfare system, a devastated and dysfunctional foster child and the foster carer who saves her."
Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
"This little gem of a book helps foster parents explain the foster care system to young foster kids."
Families at Risk: A Guide to Understand and Protect Children and Care Givers Involved in Out-Of-Home or Adoptive Care
Families at Risk: A Guide to Understand and Protect Children and Care Givers Involved in Out-Of-Home or Adoptive Care
"Invaluable information for foster and adoptive parents of special needs children."
Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care: Traumatic Separations and Honored Connections
Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care: Traumatic Separations and Honored Connections
"This book tackles the often-forgotten issues resulting from separating siblings in foster and adoptive care."
City of One: A Memoir
City of One: A Memoir
"Chronicles the author's journey of healing after foster care and becoming a psychiatrist."
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
"The uplifting story of a boy's journey through the foster care system in search of a family to love."
Cry Out!
Cry Out!
"A gripping true tale of foster care, adoption and abuse by caregivers."
Me May Mary
Me May Mary
"Through her teen years in foster care and an orphanage, Mary struggles to overcome her past and embrace the future."