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All about Families. Felicity Brooks, $18.95 (ages 3-6)

Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. This book lets children explore questions such as ‘What is a family?’, ‘What different sorts of families are there?’ and more. A entertaining and gently informative book that portrays diverse families and helps children think, talk about and understand difference.


All You Need Is Love: Celebrating Families of All Shapes and Sizes. Shanni Collins, $22.95 (ages 3-8)

All families come in different shapes and sizes, but they are all special when they love and respect each other. These rhyming stories are a celebration of the diversity of families and encourage inclusion and acceptance in a child's relationships.

By promoting diversity and understanding in family life and elsewhere, these stories support a positive approach to life at a young age, which fosters strong mental health and well-being. Each page is dedicated to a different family, with stories exploring adoption, fostering, disability, race, gender, and illness. Filled with humour and delightfully illustrated, children will love reading these stories with friends, family and in school again and again.


Assessing Adoptive Parents, Foster Carers and Kinship Carers: Improving Analysis and Understanding Parenting Capacity. Joanne Alper & David Howe, Editors, $45.95

Assessing prospective adoptive parents, foster carers, kinship carers and special guardians is an extremely complex task, and one that happens within a pressurized time frame. Currently, assessments draw substantially on interviews, which can generate a lot of information but little analysis to enable professionals to establish a meaningful understanding of parenting capacity. Children with histories of trauma, loss and hurt need to join families in which parents exhibit the ability to be good at relationships, are able to manage their own stress and bond with the child in their care. Now fully updated and expanded to cover the assessment of kinship carers and special guardians, this book combines the latest findings from neuroscience with research on what makes good assessments and provides guidance and tools for making thorough, analytical and effective assessments.

With contributions from leading experts including Dan Hughes, Jonathan Baylin, Kim Golding and Julie Selwyn, it will provide you with the information you need to ensure the best possible chance of placement success.

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Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering: a Trauma-Informed Approach to Planning, Assessing and Good Practice. Louis Sydney & Elsie Price, $35.95

Most children who are fostered or adopted have some level of contact with their birth family, whether face-to-face or by letter, yet most of the time the psychological impact of contact on the child isn't considered. This book explores what attachment, neuroscience and trauma tell us about how contact affects children, and shows how poorly executed contact can be unhelpful or even harmful to the child. Assessment frameworks are provided which take the child's developmental needs into account. The authors also outline a model for managing and planning contact to make it more purposeful and increase its potential for therapeutic benefit. The book covers the challenges presented by the Internet for managing contact, unique issues for children in kinship care, problems that arise when adoptive parents separate and many other key issues for practice.

Brimming with practical advice and creative solutions, this is an indispensable tool for social workers, contact centre workers, and other professionals involved in contact arrangements or the therapeutic support of fostered and adopted children.


Families Change: a Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights. Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher, $14.99 (ages 4-8)

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.


A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family. As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

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The Foster Parenting Manual: a Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home. John Degarmo, $19.95

The Foster Parenting Manual is a comprehensive guide offering proven, friendly advice for novice and experienced parents alike. Distilling many years' experience into one book, John DeGarmo combines his own wisdom with that of fellow foster parents. He describes what to expect from the process, how to access help and how to ensure the best care for your child. He tackles thorny issues such as children's use of the Internet and social media, managing contact with birth parents and how to support your child at school. Most importantly, he provides advice designed to help your child feel safe, secure and loved.

The Foster Parenting Manual offers seasoned, sympathetic advice that will be valued by foster parents and the professionals who support them.


Foster Parenting Step-by-Step: How to Nurture the Traumatized Child and Overcome Conflict. Kalyani Gopal, $17.95

When you decide to foster, you are faced with many difficult decisions, dilemmas and questions: How do you navigate the daily struggles of foster parenting? How can you nurture bonds with your foster child who is angry, sad, and defiant? How can you prepare to step back when it's time to let go?

Foster Parenting Step-By-Step is a concise how-to guide to fostering that summarizes what to expect as a foster parent, and gives immediate practical solutions. It outlines the different stages of a fostering relationship, raising common issues encountered at each age and how to tackle them. It also explains the impact of trauma on your child: how this can show itself through challenging behavior and how to respond to it. This book will provide fostering parents with the skills and knowledge to support the needs of the children in foster care. It will be invaluable not just to foster parents but also to those professionals supporting foster placements.


Foundations for Attachment Training Resource: the Six-Session Programme for Parents of Traumatized Children. Kim Golding, $88.00

Foundations for Attachment Training Resource is a 6-session training programme for professionals running parenting groups with adoptive parents, foster carers and kinship carers. Featuring online resources with downloadable handouts and exercises, it provides guidance on how to begin to nurture attachments. It is designed specifically for those caring for children whose capacity to emotionally connect has been compromised as a result of attachment problems, trauma, and loss or separation.

Informed by attachment theory and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), it includes relevant theory and process notes for trainers, and a range of activities supported by electronic resources with downloadable activity sheets and handouts. This is a complete resource containing everything you need to run the sessions, and is perfect for any professionals involved in training foster carers, adoptive parents and kinship carers.

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Grandparenting the Children of Addicted Parents: Experience and Wisdom for Kinship Carers. Edited by Janet Bujra with The Grandparents Group, $26.95

This is an accessible book on caring for children in cases where grandparents have become legally responsible for a child in their family, often due to parental drug misuse or mental health issues. This book has grandparent kinship carers talking candidly about the challenges involved and what support services are available. Whether formal or informal, full-time grandparent carers face life-changing futures. Immediate concerns are work, child care, behaviour of the child, contact with the birth parents, and financial support. There is often no clear path to learning their rights and accessing available support. The stories in this book offer support, and encourages these grandparents to value themselves, accept their limitations, develop realistic expectations about what they can and cannot do.


Grandparents as Parents: a Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family. Sylvie de Toledo & Deborah Edler Brown, $25.50

If you're among the millions of grandparents raising grandchildren today, you need information, support, and practical guidance you can count on to keep your family strong. This is the book for you. Learn effective strategies to help you cope with the stresses of parenting the second time around, care for vulnerable grandkids and set boundaries with their often-troubled parents, and navigate the maze of government aid, court proceedings, and special education. Wise, honest, moving stories show how numerous other grandparents are surviving and thriving in their new roles. Updated throughout, and reflecting current laws and policies affecting families, the second edition features new discussions of kids' technology use and other timely issues.


A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care: What You Need to Know to Create a Healing Home. Ruth Emond, Laura Steckley & Autumn Roesch-Marsh, $34.95

A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care provides an easy to read explanation of the secrets that lie behind good quality therapeutic child care. It describes relevant theories, the 'invisible' psychological challenges that children will often struggle with and how to develop a nurturing relationship and build trust. Combining advice with practical strategies, the book also provides specific guidance on how to create safe spaces (both physical and relational) and how to aid the development of key social or emotional skills for children which may be lacking as a result of early trauma. Written with input from foster carers, the book is an ideal guide for residential child care workers, foster carers, kinship carers, social workers and new adoptive parents.

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The Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children: Evidence-Informed Approaches to Working with Traumatized Children and Adolescents in Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive Care. Edited by Janise Mitchell, Joe Tucci & Ed Tronick, $59.95

This innovative book brings together a wide range of therapeutic approaches, techniques and models to outline recent developments in the practice of supporting children in out-of-home care. It sheds light on the significance of schools, sports and peer relationships in the lives of traumatized children. It also draws particular attention to the vital importance of taking into account children's cultural heritage, and to the growing prevalence of relative care.

Each chapter is set out by acclaimed and world-renowned contributors' specific approach, such as Dan Hughes and his work on conceptual maps and Cathy Malchiodi and her research on creative interventions, and gives practical ways to support children and carers. It also includes contributions from Bruce Perry, Allan Schore and Martin Teicher. This comprehensive volume will open new avenues for understanding how the relationship between child and carer can create opportunities for change and healing.


Imagining Child Welfare in the Spirit of Reconciliation: Voices from the Prairies. Edited by Dorothy Badry, H. Monty Montgomery, Daniel Kikulwe, Marlyn Bennett & Don Fuchs, $39.95

Drawing on the expertise of Indigenous scholars and researchers, including voices from the front lines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, this book examines child welfare practices in kinship care, FASD, homelessness, aging out of the system, and transitions for rural youth leaving care. Themes running throughout the book include renewing and decolonizing child welfare work, anti-oppressive practices, the historical legacy of the 60s Scoop, and the needs of marginalized and vulnerable children.


Inside Kinship Care: Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support. Edited by David Pitcher, $40.95

Kinship care — the care of children by grandparents, other relatives or friends — is a major part of foster care, yet there are distinct issues that arise in care involving family rather than 'stranger' foster carers.

This book takes an in-depth look at what goes on 'inside' kinship care. It explores the dynamics and relationships between family members that are involved in kinship care, including mothers, grandparents, siblings and the wider family. Chapters also discuss issues such as safeguarding, assessment, therapy, encouraging permanence, placement breakdown, support groups, and cultural issues. The final part of the book looks at kinship care from an international perspective, with examples from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United States.

Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and with contributions from different branches of kinship care, this book provides an invaluable overview of the issues involved and how to provide effective support. It will be essential reading for all those working in the kinship care field, including social workers, therapists, counsellors, psychologists and family lawyers.

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Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma. Debra Wesselmann, Cathy Schweitzer & Stefanie Armstrong, $33.95

Designed as a manual to complement the clinician’s guide, this book is written for birth, foster, or adoptive parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, or anyone who may be raising a child who has experienced attachment loss and trauma. Their severe behaviors can often leave caregivers feeling confused, frightened, hurt, and overwhelmed, as they struggle to make sense of a massive amount of information — and misinformation — that exists on attachment issues. This book provides understanding, validation, and solutions for these caregivers. In it, the authors explain their innovative model of “team” treatment that includes an EMDR therapist and a family therapist. Best used in conjunction with therapeutic help, it walks readers through an array of parenting strategies that will lead them to a deeper understanding of their traumatized child, and better enable them to calm their behavior and improve their attachment security so they can heal.


Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children: a Family Friendly Approach, 2nd Edition. Joy Rees, $34.95

Through words, pictures, photographs, certificates and other 'little treasures', a Life Story Book provides a detailed account of the child's early history and a chronology of their life. Fully updated, this clear and concise book shows a unique family-friendly way to compile a Life Story Book which promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within new families. Joy Rees' influential model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of belonging and security before addressing the child's past and early trauma. The book contains simple explanations of complex concepts, practical examples, helpful suggestions and includes some simple checklists. This new edition has been expanded to include fostered children and those living in kinship care or with a special guardian. Perfect for social workers, adoption agencies, adoptive parents, foster carers and kinship carers, Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children is a refreshing, innovative and common-sense guide.


The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement for Foster Care Families. John Degarmo, $28.99

Foster parenting is both a rewarding and a challenging job, a lifestyle of continuous learning and new experiences, and The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom will be there to support you as you, in turn, support your foster children. Filled with 365 days' worth of daily tips, inspirational quotes, and motivational short stories from a foster care expert, this book is a must-read for modern child-welfare advocates, adoptive parents, and foster parents. It provides inspirational content every day, including instructions, tips, anecdotes, and more.

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Nurturing Attachments Training Resource: Running Parenting Groups for Adoptive Parents and Foster or Kinship Carers. Kim Golding, $143.95

Nurturing Attachments Training Resource is a complete group programme containing everything you need to run training and support sessions for adoptive parents, as well as residential, foster, or kinship carers. Based on attachment theory, this rich resource provides an authoritative set of ideas for therapeutically parenting children along with all the guidance you will need to implement the training.

The training resource includes theoretical content and process notes for facilitators, and a range of activities supported by a CD-ROM with photocopiable reflective diary sheets, activity sheets and handouts. It is structured into 3 modules with 6 sessions per module. Module 1: Provides an understanding of attachment theory, patterns of attachment and an introduction to therapeutic parenting. Module 2: Introduces the House Model of Parenting, providing guidance on how to help the children experience the family as a secure base. Module 3: Continues exploring the House Model of Parenting, with consideration of how parents can both build a relationship with the children and manage their behaviour.


Practical Tools for Foster Parents. Lana Temple-Plotz, $20.95

More than half a million children today live in out-of-home care, and many have special problems. The need for well-trained, loving foster parents has never been greater. With this book, Girls and Boys Town offers these committed people the professional tools they need to not only care for foster children but to actually help them get better. New or experienced foster parents as well as grandparents and other relatives caring for a child forced from home by a crisis will find help and hope in this book.


Raising Grandkids: Inside Skipped-Generation Families. Gary Garrison, $19.95

Raising Grandkids focuses on “skipped generation” families or grandparent-headed households. Collecting together stories from other grandparents and reflecting on his own experience as a caregiver to his step-grandchildren, Gary Garrison paints a compassionate yet compelling picture of the joys, fears, and passions that drive some grandparents to put their later lives on hold to raise their children’s children.

Grandparents in this situation have particular challenges, as they often have to battle their own children for custody, deal with pressures from caseworkers, negotiate their own health and financial issues, and address the guilt and resentment they may feel towards the missing son or daughter who conceived the children now in their care. As well, many fear their grandchildren will be taken away, which keeps them silent and isolated. This fear can be particularly profound for Indigenous and Metis grandparents, who bear intergenerational wounds of racism and genocide, as they struggle to create a better future for themselves and their grandchildren. No matter their background, grandparents looking for comfort, guidance, and wisdom will find meaning in this brave and clear-eyed book.

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Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: a Strengths-Based Perspective. Bert Hayslip Jr. & Gregory Smith, Editors, $79.95

The study of grandparents raising grandchildren has tended to have a negative bias, emphasizing the difficulties such people face and the negative impact that grandparent caregiving has on them physically, socially, and emotionally. This book seeks to reverse this trend by taking a positive approach to understanding grandparent caregivers, focusing on their resilience and resourcefulness. This method reflects a strengths-based approach and the importance of benefit-finding and positive coping. Chapters feature information from both qualitative and quantitative studies and are written by a diverse range of professionals, such as counselors, psychologists, geriatric social workers, and nurse practitioners, to provide multidisciplinary perspectives for practitioners working with grandparent caregivers.


Seven Core Issues In Adoption and Permanency: a Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing In Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction. Sharon Kaplan Roszia & Allison Davis Maxon, $53.95

The Seven Core Issues in Adoption is the first conceptual framework of its kind to offer a unifying lens that was inclusive of all individuals touched by the adoption experience. The Seven Core Issues are Loss, Rejection, Shame/Guilt, Grief, Identity, Intimacy, and Mastery/Control. The book expands the model to be inclusive of adoption and all forms of permanency: adoption, foster care, kinship care, donor insemination and surrogacy. Attachment and trauma are integrated with the Seven Core Issues model to address and normalize the additional tasks individuals and families will encounter. The book views the Seven Core Issues from a range of perspectives including: multi-racial, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, African-American, International, openness, search and reunion, and others. This essential guide introduces each Core Issue, its impact on individuals, offering techniques for growth and healing.


So, You're Raising Your Grandkids! Tested Tips, Research, & Real-Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier. Harriet Hodgson, $18.95

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 10% of all American grandparents are raising their grandkids, and the number is increasing. You may be one of these grandparents, and it's a role you never expected. Help has arrived — this engaging book includes topics such as: methods for improving grandparent-grandchild communication, ideas for how you can connect with your grandchild's school, the latest child development information, and more. Hodgson draws on her 21 years of caregiving experience, including seven years of raising her twin grandkids. It's a book that will have you cheering for all the loving grandparents — including you — who are putting grandchildren first.

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Somebody Cares: a Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect. Susan Farber Straus, illustrated by Claire Keay, $14.50 (ages 6-11)

Somebody Cares explores the feelings and thoughts many kids have when they've had to look out for themselves or be alone much of the time. A useful book to read with a caring adult — such as a parent, foster parent, kinship parent, or therapist — Somebody Cares reassures children who have experienced neglect that they are not to blame for what happened in their family, and that they can feel good about themselves for many reasons. It takes time for kids to get used to changes in their family or living situation, even when they are good changes. This book will help kids learn some ways to feel safer, more relaxed, and more confident.


Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies. Gayle Byrne, illustrated by Mary Haverfield, $22.99

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas is a delightful and uplifting story of a young girl being raised by her grandparents.


We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina, $8.95 (ages 3-8)

Who is in your family? Let's share and celebrate what makes each family special!

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Complete Booklist

Assessing Adoptive Parents, Foster Carers and Kinship Carers: Improving Analysis and Understanding Parenting Capacity. Joanne Alper & David Howe, Editors, $45.95

Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering: a Trauma-Informed Approach to Planning, Assessing and Good Practice. Louis Sydney & Elsie Price, $35.95

The Foster Parenting Manual: a Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home. John Degarmo, $19.95

Foster Parenting Step-by-Step: How to Nurture the Traumatized Child and Overcome Conflict. Kalyani Gopal, $17.95

Foundations for Attachment Training Resource: the Six-Session Programme for Parents of Traumatized Children. Kim Golding, $88.00

Grandparenting the Children of Addicted Parents: Experience and Wisdom for Kinship Carers. Edited by Janet Bujra with The Grandparents Group, $26.95

Grandparents as Parents: a Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family. Sylvie de Toledo & Deborah Edler Brown, $25.50

A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care: What You Need to Know to Create a Healing Home. Ruth Emond, Laura Steckley & Autumn Roesch-Marsh, $34.95

The Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children: Evidence-Informed Approaches to Working with Traumatized Children and Adolescents in Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive Care. Edited by Janise Mitchell, Joe Tucci & Ed Tronick, $59.95

Imagining Child Welfare in the Spirit of Reconciliation: Voices from the Prairies. Edited by Dorothy Badry, H. Monty Montgomery, Daniel Kikulwe, Marlyn Bennett & Don Fuchs, $39.95

Inside Kinship Care: Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support. Edited by David Pitcher, $40.95

Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma. Debra Wesselmann, Cathy Schweitzer & Stefanie Armstrong, $33.95

Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children: a Family Friendly Approach, 2nd Edition. Joy Rees, $34.95

The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement for Foster Care Families. John Degarmo, $28.99

Nurturing Attachments Training Resource: Running Parenting Groups for Adoptive Parents and Foster or Kinship Carers. Kim Golding, $143.95

Practical Tools for Foster Parents. Lana Temple-Plotz, $20.95

Raising Grandkids: Inside Skipped-Generation Families. Gary Garrison, $19.95

Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: a Strengths-Based Perspective. Bert Hayslip Jr. & Gregory Smith, Editors, $79.95

Seven Core Issues In Adoption and Permanency: a Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing In Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction. Sharon Kaplan Roszia & Allison Davis Maxon, $53.95

So, You're Raising Your Grandkids! Tested Tips, Research, & Real-Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier. Harriet Hodgson, $18.95

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Resources for Children

All about Families. Felicity Brooks, $18.95 (ages 3-6)

All You Need Is Love: Celebrating Families of All Shapes and Sizes. Shanni Collins, $22.95 (ages 3-8)

Families Change: a Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights. Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher, $14.99 (ages 4-8)

A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

Somebody Cares: a Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect. Susan Farber Straus, illustrated by Claire Keay, $14.50 (ages 6-11)

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies. Gayle Byrne, illustrated by Mary Haverfield, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina, $8.95 (ages 3-8)

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