“There is no better gift to give a child than a family.” - Anonymous
May is National Foster Care Month. Here are some books to inspire you and to help you on your journey to becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent and to make a real difference in a child's life. After all, every child deserves to have someone to care for him/her and help him/her to become a strong, confident adult. For information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Massachusetts, see the Mass.gov "Foster Care" website. If you are interested in adopting a child, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange offers profiles of children waiting for adoption as well as other resources at http://www.mareinc.org.
Stories and advice about foster care and adoption from parents, foster children, adoptees, and experts.
This guide provides the information needed to navigate the adoption process and to successfully adopt a child. It discusses the various types of adoptions and guides readers in selecting an attorney or adoption agency.
This book is intended for the family and friends of people who are considering adoption. It provides information on who can adopt, why people consider adopting, and how kids understand adoption. The information will help encourage informed and healthy relationships with family and friends.
"When Mike and Hayley set out to adopt a child from Sierra Leone, Africa, never in their wildest imaginations did they dream this venture would lead to the "Jones Dozen." This dramatically moving story will amaze and inspire any reader. Their stunning observation: "It was the least we could do!"
“The NPR Weekend Edition host explores the cultural impact of adoption while sharing the story of how his wife and he adopted two daughters, in an account that also relates the experiences of other prominent figures who were adopted or became adoptive parents.”
Intended for adoptive parents, this is a collection of essays that gives hope to them, confirming that the arduous process and emotional turmoil is worth the effort. It includes essays from a diverse range of adoptive parents, including couples suffering infertility to young single parents.
This book was written by a parent familiar with the challenges of adopting or fostering a child. The book provides hope and encouragement and was written to address your needs as a parent of an adopted or foster child.
“When Deborah Gold and her husband signed up to foster parent in their rural mountain community, they did not foresee that it would lead to a roller-coaster fifteen years of involvement with a traumatized yet resilient birth family. They fell in love with Michael (a toddler when he came to them), yet they had to reckon with the knowledge that he could leave their lives at any time.”
“The author recounts her experiences with her family's second foster child, a troubled thirteen-year-old girl with Addison's disease who witnessed her mother's suicide attempt, and who was physically abusive of her foster family.”
“A Dream Deferred, a Joy Achieved is a positive look at the foster care system through stories of its survivors who show there is hope for the future, even in a system often identified by abuse and neglect.”
The book is an assessment of the state of foster care based on interviews with social workers, parents, and children who have gone through "the system” in the coalfields of Appalachia. The stories tell of the light side or the dark side of the system, and provide a call to awareness rather than stories of inspiration.