Moving to live with foster carers for the first time? Worried about how to stay in touch with friends and family? Need to know more about why you are being adopted and how it will happen? Feeling nervous about a new brother or sister joining your family?
Whatever their situation we have the biggest and best range of books and other resources to provide children and young people in care or adopted with all the support, information and advice they need.
A brightly illustrated book for children aged 5-10 years old which tells Ben’s story of his ordinary life with his adoptive gay parents, Dad David and Baba Chris.
Dennis is sad because he has to leave his mum and dad as they can no longer look after him. He goes to live on a different pond where he makes new friends and is cared for by grown-up ducks. Through Dennis’ story, this colourful picture book explains what may be happening to young children and helps them to express some of the emotions they may be feeling about upsetting and confusing events.
Dennis Duckling and the Big Decisions can help children who have to be separated from their birth parents to understand what is happening to them and why, what the future may hold, and how they can be involved in making big decisions no matter how old or young they are. It clearly explains that children are not responsible for making decisions, or resolving the difficulties that surround them, but that their wishes and feelings are vitally important and will be listened to.
Finally the decision is made that it is safe for the ducklings to return to their home on the pond. Although they are pleased and excited, Dennis and Donna are also worried that their mum and dad might forget how to look after them. Annie reassures them that she and the other grown-up ducks will visit the pond often to help Dennis’s mum and dad and to talk to the ducklings about how they are feeling.
In Dennis lives with Grandma and Grandpa, Dennis and his sister go to live with their grandparents, but the simple story is easily adaptable to children living in other kinship/ connected person situations, for example, with an aunt, older sibling or close family friend.
The story also explores how the decision is made, Dennis’s mixed feelings, and the issue of contact within kinship care, particularly around managing expectations and handling feelings
Rufus loved curling up in his favourite place and dreaming of pilchards. But it hadn’t always been like this… When Rufus was a kitten he lived with a different family who weren’t always kind. Sometimes they shouted at him. Sometimes he had no food to eat. Rufus still remembered those times and bad memories followed him everywhere…and there was no getting away from them. Would Rufus ever find a safe place where he could be cosy and calm and dream his dreams?
This popular and engaging picture book is for use with children who are moving on to adoption. It tells the story of two little bear cubs who have to leave their parents and live with a foster bear family. Soon they learn they are to be adopted. The story encourages children to compare their own stories with that of Chester and Daisy.
Memories can be good and bad, happy and sad; those we want to keep alive and others we would rather forget. Looked after children may have more difficult memories that most, because of separation and loss and traumatic events that may have taken place. In this charming picture book, Elfa the elephant discovers that sharing her memories and remembering the good things that happened is more helpful than keeping them locked away.
Finding a Family for Tommy is primarily aimed at pre-school children, aged between 18 months and five years. The simple picture book with repetitive text and interactive pages gives carers and social workers an opportunity to discuss the meaning of family and belonging. Repetition is the best form of learning for this age group and the gentle nature of the story should encourage children to ask for it often without being overwhelmed by it.
This brightly illustrated book for young children tells the story of Josh and Jaz, five-year-old twins who have been adopted by a lesbian couple. They are worried that everyone in their class will laugh because they live with two mums and wish that they were like other children who just have one mum and dad. The story helps to explain the diversity and "difference" of family groups.
A unique, colourful, interactive and fun 'Welcome to our family' book through which adopters can initially introduce themselves to the child who will be joining them and for the child to work through and record the inevitable changes in their lives as they move to their new family.
All young children have worries, but looked after children may have more worries than most as they lack the reassurance and security of permanent, stable family life. In this colourful picture book for young children, Morris the Mole finds out that talking about his problems, and facing his worries with the help of others, is more helpful than hiding his fears.
Colourful life story workbook for use with children separated from their birth families.
Taking the form of a dialogue between a little girl and her adoptive mother, the book explores questions that might preoccupy an adopted child. Mia wants to know why she looks different to her adoptive parents; why her birth parents didn’t want to keep her and whether her curly hair, dark eyes and dimple really are goodbye presents from her birth parents.
Moves and transitions can be difficult for anyone. For children, they can be particularly hard. Children who cannot live with their birth families will often have had a number of moves during their lives, even before they are placed for adoption or permanent foster care. These children will have probably been introduced to the ideas of permanence and “forever families”, but change can still trigger anxiety and uncertainty. How can they learn to trust that they will remain safe in a new permanent home?
All six books in the popular Nutmeg series.
A fully illustrated book for children which tells the story of Jason’s birthday picnic and the guests who help him to celebrate. In so doing, it introduces children to a range of family structures including two- and one-parent families, adoptive and foster families, gay and lesbian families, step families and more, showing a diverse range of adults and children.
This engaging picture book, designed for use with young children, looks at the difficult issue of domestic violence and what this could mean for the children involved. Spark the little dragon lives happily with his parents and baby sister, Flame, until his mum and dad start fighting. When the children get injured, they have to go and live with a foster carer, who helps them understand their situation and come to terms with their problems and painful emotions.
This colourful picture book for young children, aged two to four years old, tells the story of the Teazle rabbits and their adoption of a baby bunny. Mr and Mrs Teazle live happily in Foxaway Hollow – the one thing missing from their lives is a baby bunny of their own. They turn to Mr McBadger for help and are delighted when he tells them there is a little bunny looking for parents just like them. Together they prepare their home and welcome, with excitement and delight, the baby bunny into their family.
Tia’s Wishes should be regarded as an integral part of life story work for children who need permanent alternative families. The book can be used to work with children well before a new family is identified in order to explore fears about separation from birth and foster families and anxieties about the unknown. Divided into two parts, ‘Tia’s wishes and her new family’ and ‘Tia’s new family’, each page of text faces a page which includes questions to encourage the child to think about what they want in their new family, their feelings about the past and the future, and where they can illustrate their hopes and fears.
Tyler’s Wishes is intended to help boys aged 4 to 10 who are waiting to be placed for adoption to understand and cope with their feelings. Tyler's Wishes is a companion volume to the earlier Tia's Wishes, which has been warmly received by social workers preparing children for adoption.
This series explores health conditions which are common to many looked after children - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, dyslexia, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.
A workbook to help birth children to know themselves and their role in a fostering family.
Poppy’s panda has always been with her – but now he is lost! Will she ever find him again? This beautifully illustrated book for young children (aged three and above) explores transition, loss and change and the importance of maintaining continuity in a child’s life.