The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Intended for foster parents and the professionals who support them, this manual explores the foster care process, how foster parents can access help, and how to ensure the best care for foster children. Chapter 1 explains what foster care is, characteristics of foster children, and the role of foster parents and caseworkers. Chapter 2 reviews the history of foster care, and Chapter 3 reviews the training requirements for becoming a foster parent. Child placement is discussed in Chapter 4 and tips are provided for preparing for placement and handling the first few days. Chapter 5 discusses problems foster children face, including anxiety disorders, depression disorders, anger, mental health challenges, school performance and misbehavior, and aging out of foster care, and parenting tips for helping foster children establish positive relationships. Chapters 6 and 7 explain strategies for creating rules and expectations for foster children, and child development. Chapter 8 focuses on the need for foster parents to work with schools to ensure best services for foster children, and Chapter 9 provides tips for working with caseworkers. Final chapters consider the relationship between the foster family and the birth parents, ways foster parents should protect their families, tips for finding help as a foster parent, handling the loss when a child leaves foster care, and adopting a foster child. Each chapter begins with a personal observation about the chapter's topic from a foster parent or one who has worked with foster parents. Additional resources are listed. 20 references.
foster parents training; Foster parents; Foster care; child development; child placement; emotional problems; ; Child rearing