This book has a target audience of children, especially those entering a new foster home. While others may benefit from a glimpse into what foster care is like, this book will be most beneficial to children undergoing the trauma of entering foster care and going to live with strangers. This is a short, rhyming book, which makes it a great bedtime story. It communicates to the child that the foster parents will be there to support, care for, cheer on, and love children in their home.
Our family was blown away by the illustrations drawn by Marissa Nelson, who is just nineteen and clearly has great artistic talent! In her note on the inside, back cover, she stated, “I believe art is a great way to express and convey emotions, and in turn help communication!” This is exactly what she did in illustrating I Promise. She took the sweet words of Emmalee’s poem and turned them into a beautiful picture of what happens when new foster children and foster parents come together in a home. I recommend this book to families who welcome new foster children into their homes. (Another plus to purchasing this book is that the proceeds are being donated to local foster care agencies.)
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Margie Fink: Development Director
Margie received her degree in psychology and has worked in various social work capacities. Margie has been chosen in the past to speak on Capitol Hill about the Adoption Tax Credit. She is a witty foster/adoptive mom who is able to give kids from hard places loving structure while providing unbelievable homemade cooking. Margie co-founded Community Kids, a resource and networking 501(c)3 created to assist foster, adoptive, and relative caregiver families.
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**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.