Foster Care Magazine
Fostering is bout more than providing warmth, shelter, security and a family for looked after children. Rightly, this book acknowledges that looking after the most vulnerable children in our society requires everyone involved in their lives, to understand the mental health issues that they may have. It also acknowledges the potential impact of these issues on the foster carer who is looking after them... I would certainly recommend this book for those involved in fostering. I wish I had access to it 10 years ago when my fostering career began.
The authors have the authority of experience, and they neither give an over-glowing picture of foster, nor condescend. Their book will be suitable for adoptive parents and by professionals, whether trainee or experienced.
Children & Young People Now
I am delighted that the foster care worforce, too often rather patronised by other childcare professionals, is being offered a text of this sophistication . The book consists of 10 chapters, with handy checklists, questionnaires and often subtly-chosen case studies... The book highlights the strengths carers need to stay attuned to the the child's feelings of powerlessness and disappointment.
Seen and Heard
I could not think of any area of importance for foster carers not covered in this book. It is realistic in outlining the challenges, but avoids making fostering too daunting or expectations of carers unrealistic