by Jean Camis - £18.00 BAAF (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781903699430 | ISBN 10: 1903699436
Birth children in foster families have to share their homes and parents with new arrivals who come with varying problems and needs, usually requiring a considerable period of adjustment to the new family, and taking parental attention away from them. Birth children in this situation may well feel angry and resentful at having to share toys, space and their parents' love.
We are Fostering is a life story workbook, similar in design and format to the earlier My Life and Me. It will help birth children to know themselves, their history and their role in the family. There is information about what fostering, adoption, and getting "approved" before having children to stay, mean. Working through this book will help prepare birth children to welcome new arrivals into their homes and lives. There is even a certificate of achievement at the end, awarded for completing the book 'and for all the help and support you have given to other children'.
The workbook is divided into five colour-coded sections:
Things I know about myself,
My family and what we are like,
Sharing and what this means,
How we became a foster family,
Having children come to stay.
There is space for drawings, photographs, documents and a record of feelings and thoughts at various stages in the process.
It is produced in the same durable format as My Life and Me and offers birth children a positive and practical means of preparing them to welcome new brothers and sisters into their family.
(Price & availability last checked: July 2018)
In booklists: Adoption & Fostering - Books for Children, Adoption and Fostering: Guides for Parents and Families, In categories: Childrens & Teenage Books, Children & Young People,