The Foster Care Survival Guide.
Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. 1405 SW 6th Avenue
Written by a foster parent, this guide includes the personal stories of foster parents, practical tips for foster caring, and advice for parenting foster children. Chapter 1 describes the life of a foster parent and the difficulties and joys of being a foster parent. Chapter 2 focuses on the burnout and stress that come with living an exhausting lifestyle. Compassion fatigue is discussed, as well as the need for parents to take time for themselves, pay attention to their exercise, diet, and sleep, and develop their own support group. Chapter 3 describes parenting techniques for dealing with child meltdowns, anxiety attacks, and disobedience, and Chapter 4 addresses parenting children with posttraumatic stress disorder, disinhibited social engagement disorder, reactive attachment disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Stories that illustrate a foster parent’s broken heart are shared in Chapter 5, and Chapter 6 emphasizes the need for foster parents to look after their marriage. Tips are discussed for strengthening marriages and coping with the challenges of foster parenting. Chapters 7 and 8 share the stories of the impact of fostering on birth children and discuss strategies for working with biological families. Final chapters include information on support groups, respite care, school support, online resources, and inspirational quotes and poems on parenting.
foster children; foster parents; parenting skills; child rearing; behavior problems; children with disabilities; marital conflicts; marital relationships; coping skills