Hattie's Advocate, Adopting A Family Through Foster Care by Matthew W Hoffman
This book is a witty and intriguing look into the world of foster care through the eyes of a foster parent. It breaks down the expectations and regulations that parents in foster care are faced with, and it touches on the problems in government policy that affect foster children. It does all this while thoroughly entertaining the reader. It is an indispensable resource for anyone considering adoption or foster care and a great read for just about anyone else.
Matthew and Krista Hoffman maintained a foster license in the Baltimore/Washington area for nearly a decade and specialized in therapeutic foster care. Matthew graduated with a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and spent time working in special education classrooms and health care. Krista graduated with an M.A. in clinical psychology from Loyola University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor ( LCPC), and a Parenting Coordinator for the Howard County Circuit Court. Krista began her career in psychology at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and now works in private practice. She has mentored children through the Choice Program at UMBC and has taught English and psychology at Mount De Sales Academy. Together, Matthew and Krista have achieved their greatest accomplishment nurturing several foster children in a therapeutic and loving environment.