The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home is written by Dr. John DeGarmo, a foster and adoptive parent who has experience fostering over 30 children. He also writes regularly for different U.S. and European publications and speaks at conferences and trainings. (You can learn more about him on his website: www.drjohndegarmofostercare.weebly.com.)
Dr. DeGarmo provides a great primer to everything a person needs to know to prepare for becoming a foster parent and includes a history of the foster care system. We suggest this book to anyone interested in learning more about foster care. (Since I’m a stickler for details…) One thing for anyone reading from Illinois, the book incorrectly states that training required in Illinois is only 4 hours, when in reality it is 27.
From the Cover:
The Foster Parenting Manual is a comprehensive guide offering proven, friendly advice for novice and experienced parents alike. Distilling many years’ experience into one book, John DeGarmo combines his own wisdom with that of fellow foster parents. He describes what to expect from the process, how to access help, and how to ensure the best care for your child. He tackles thorny issues such as children’s use of the internet and social media, managing contact with birth parents, and how to support your child at school. Most importantly, he provides advice designed to help your child feel safe, secure, and loved. The Foster Parenting Manual offers seasoned, sympathetic advice that will be valued by foster parents and the professionals who support them.