You’re a reader, but how are you supposed to figure out which books can give you the encouragement, insight, and help that you need on your foster care journey?
At TFI, we get all kinds of book and resource submissions from different authors and organizations. We also love to read and are always trying to find the best books on the topics we care about most.
So we’ve put together some of our favorite books that have helped us on our foster care journeys.
These are books that we may have read recently or years ago when this all was starting but have impacted us through the years.
A quick note before the list:
This list is in no way meant to be an all-inclusive, definitive list. These books are simply the ones that have impacted us the most personally. It’s entirely subjective, and we’re sure you’ll see a book on this list you have never heard of. You’ll probably have a few books that you think we should have included that we didn’t too. We know that. But still, these are books we’d recommend everyone read.
Let’s do it. Here are our favorite books about foster care:
By Jason Johnson
Reframing Foster Care is a collection of reflections written by our good friend, Jason Johnson. This resource will benefit foster parents no matter where they are on their foster care journey, as well as those who are considering foster care.
You will be validated, equipped, and empowered as you see that success in foster care is not measured by outcomes, but by faithfulness. You will not do this perfectly—take that burden off your shoulders now—and rely on the One who called you to foster care in the first place, Jesus.
By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
As we reach out to help those in need, we must not lose sight of our ultimate goal—leading people into a relationship with Jesus. This book is an excellent reminder of God’s call for us to help those in need, but it also reminds us that we are not the entire solution. We have to make sure that we are not pushing our personal desires on those that we are supporting.
We’ve all heard the saying, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”. Let’s be sure that while we are serving, we are not just “giving fish,” but rather, “teaching to fish.” Helping is important and beneficial when you focus on Christ and this book will help guide you in doing so.
By Saty Cornelius
The story that More to Me tells is not just a reflection of one story, but many. The story’s main character, Bri, a teen in foster care, her family, and their situation isn’t based solely on one person’s life, but on a compilation of information, interviews and experience.
Bri struggles with going from a caregiver to being a child in care. This is often the case with teens in care—all they’ve known is the responsibility for themselves, their siblings, and sometimes even their parent.
The subject can be a little heavy, but it discusses topics that are relevant to anyone, not just families that are in foster care. The book’s overarching themes include trust, depression, and heartbreak. But underlying all of it is hope.
By Christina Baker Kline
The United States has not always had a foster care system. During the mid-1800s and early 1900s, about 250,000 homeless, orphaned, and abandoned children were put on Orphan Trains and transported to rural areas and families across the U.S. rather than placing them in orphanages.
Orphan Train walks us through a beautiful story of an unexpected friendship between two women. Vivian was a child from the 1900’s who experienced the Orphan Train, and Molly is a present-day child in foster care. This story of two courageous women is inspiring and gives insight into what it is like to be passed from one home to the next.
By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Are toddler tantrums and emotional outbursts ruling your life? Learning to identify your child’s emotions and connecting with them will help guide you as you correct and discipline your child. If you want to understand the emotion-filled actions your child is displaying, then this book is for you.
This presents twelve easy steps that help your child understand themselves, build stronger relationships, and succeed in school. There is also a free resource you can download now that will help you begin this process.
We hope that this list gave you something new to read that you will not only enjoy, but that will help you as you continue on your foster care journey.
We also want to make sure that your children have something to read! So, we wrote a children’s book series specifically for children in foster care—the Who Loves series!
Written by Jami Kaeb | Illustrated by Leslie Anne
We know that children in foster care typically have many individuals moving in and out of their lives. This constant change can lead to the false belief that no one loves them.
This three-part series is designed specifically to give children a different perspective on the people they interact with while they are in foster care. Each person shows love and attention in different ways by doing their job or providing protection. We want your children to know that they are loved.
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