Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights

by Julie Nelson, Mary Gallagher
     
 

All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words

Overview


All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
The subtitle of this picture book is "A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights." The first half of the text, however, focuses more vaguely on the different types of changes—good and bad—that can happen to all sorts of families: "All families change. A family changes when someone new joins the family. Sometimes a baby is born or a grown-up gets married. Sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or new adopted mom or dad." Later passages offer more specifics about the changes that might be occurring around the book's target audience, but the language remains sufficiently vague to allow the book to be used in various individual or group therapy situations. The simple sentence structure gears the book toward younger children, although the extensive notes at the back of the book offer multiple ways for adults to use the book's text as a springboard to more sophisticated, individualized dialogue. The author, a psychologist who works with at-risk children, has also compiled a list of additional resources for foster parents and professionals. The sometimes garishly colored oil paintings depict a multicultural range of children and adults in various situations—some strained, almost distorted facial features may disturb or frighten younger readers, however. Part of the "Kids are Important" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575422091
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Series:
Kids Are Important Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
200,388
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Julie Nelson is passionately committed to supporting society’s most highly stressed children. She is a teacher and home visitor for the Families Together Preschool, a nonprofit early intervention program, and an instructor at the University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development.

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