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Moving to Another Foster Home – A Foster Care Children’s Book Review

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From the Cover of Moving to Another Foster Home by Adam Robe:

“About the series:
The Robbie Rabbit series is designed specifically for foster parents, adoptive parents and/or child welfare professionals who want to:

  • Help a foster child and/or an adoption-eligible child adjust better to tough changes in life
  • Promote communication between the child and the important people in his life
  • Gain insight into a child’s feelings and interpretation of the world around him

Author Adam Robe is a former foster child who was adopted at age 9. With more than a dozen years in the social work field, he’s helped hundreds of foster children and their families adjust to tough life changes.

His most recent experience includes serving as the director of an adoption and child welfare agency.

www.robbietherabbit.com”


Grade:

5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family.
[Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

Moving to Another Foster Home does a fantastic job of showing what it’s like for a foster child being picked up from a foster home by his caseworker, finding out he’s being moved, and going to her office while she finds a new home for him. The book lets readers see Robbie the Rabbit bottling up his emotions and the caseworker working with him to try to find the best new placement and help him know how to interact in the new home. Our children who have been in 5 to 7 foster homes, were all able to relate very well to Robbie.

This book is ideal for foster families or caseworkers who have upper preschool or elementary aged-children in their home/caseload. The illustrations, drawn by Nathalie Gavet, portray animals as the characters in the roles of foster mother (horse), caseworker (bear), and foster child (rabbit). The illustrations do a fantastic job of depicting the characters’ emotions for children to observe and connect with.

All of our four children expressed that they wished their caseworkers or foster parents had had this book as a tool to help them in their transitions to new foster homes. They feel it really would have helped them get to know their new families and for their new families to get to know them.


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It’s Your Turn:

Read the special note from Robbie on page 14 and do the activity as a family or one-on-one. If you’d like to discuss the story more, here are some questions you can ask:

  1. Why do you think Robbie pretended not to care that he had to move?
  2. (for older kids) What can happen when people don’t share how they’re feeling?
  3. How do you think things will go for Robbie after his deal with Sammy?

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Life Work With Children Who Are Fostered or Adopted

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From the Cover of Life Work with Children Who Are Fostered or Adopted by Joy Rees:

“This new book from life work expert Joy Rees explains the value of effective and meaningful life work with children who are fostered and adopted, and how best to carry it out.

This book will help social work professionals, foster carers and adopters understand the many aspects of life work, and to consider the important contributions they can all  make to this task. Life work is about helping children know and understand their personal stories and the life experiences that have shaped them. Enabling children to reach their potential and achieve the best possible outcome is the common goal, and this is best achieved by using the collaborative approach to life work advocated in this book.”


Grade:

5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

This book provides caregivers and professionals with information about life work (also known as life story books, life journey work, etc). The author breaks down the specifics of the definition of the term life work, as well as going into clearly understood purpose for the importance of a life story book. She states, “The fundamental purpose of life work with all children in care is to help them understand their history and to gain a sense of their identity.” Next, Rees explores theoretical framework, having “thorough knowledge of child development, including brain development, attachment theory, and developmental trauma.” Each stage of developmental age is explored in relation to how to tackle life work at the different developmental stages, what is developmentally appropriate. The next section in the book discusses the importance of the child’s team and their knowledge of their story/development/life details. These important people in the child’s life can help make sure every detail they know can be recorded and documented for the child’s life work. The information gathered can really help the child put the pieces together in the future, pieces of their story that they may not have any information about. This section of the book seems to have the most detailed examples of what can be used to create life work for a child: Preparation and processing, observation, listening, and play, memories, memory books, and boxes, photographs, life journey work, therapeutic stories, child appreciation days, life story books, later life letters, contact,  and finally, adoption and care records. The appendix in the book has sample questionaires for caregivers/case workers to fill out, sample later life letters, and suggested reading lists for adults and children.

This book has done a wonderful job of explaining the why’s as well as the how to’s to help professionals as well as caretakers help create life work for children in foster care or adoption. It stresses the importance of coming together as a coordinated team for the sake of the child’s story, helping the child have a more thorough documentation of their past, for them in the future.

A quick and easy read, this book is for sure worth sharing with others in the adoption and foster care community. It isn’t just perfect for the foster/adoptive family but also therapists, case workers, judges, teachers, etc.


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Chris Rankin And The Elf Squad

50% of foster/adoptive parents quit the first year. The Transfiguring Adoption​ Elf Squad is a group of people that want to help foster/adoptive families succeed. Buying an Elf Squad membership kit not only brings you into the family but helps to fund projects that resource families.

Our newest members, Chris Rankin (aka Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films) and Vanessa, unbox their Elf Squad Kits.

Grab your own kit on the Transfiguring Adoption website:

http://transfiguringadoption.com/store-2/?model_number=ElfKit