5 Books to Introduce Young Children to Foster Care

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright

This book anticipates many of the questions children will have about going into foster care. It answers some general questions and introduces the audience to the many roles adults will play too, such as a judge or social worker in addition to foster parents. Maybe Days also acknowledges how often “maybe” is the answer to children’s questions and the feelings going into foster care brings up.

Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care

mother reading books to child about foster care

Mother reading to a child.

by Julie Nelson

This author set out to reassure kids that they are not in foster care because they did something wrong or were not good enough. The message is repeated to help it stick even for very young children: “Kids are important,” and being with a foster family is to keep them safe. It also introduces the people children meet such as social workers or police officers.

Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents

by Janice Levy

This story follows a girl living with a foster parent as she navigates being separated from her mother and all of the emotions she feels towards her caretaker and parent. It aims to help children who relate to the main character understand and talk about their feelings more freely.

A Mother for Choco

by Keiko Kasza

A bird goes out looking for a mother, at first thinking she must look like him. After encountering many animals, he meets Mrs. Bear. She takes care of him even though they don’t seem very alike and he meets other animals at her home that she takes care of as well, learning they can all be a family together.

Love You From Right Here: A Keepsake Book for Children in Foster Care

by Jamie Sandefer

This book is not only a story to read to foster children, but a gift you can give them. The story follows a little girl as she adjusts to life in a new foster home. No matter what emotions come, positive or negative, the child is assured that they are cared for and that it is okay to have so many strong emotions. At the end is a section for a few photos and notes of memories the child can take with them to their next home. It can also introduce older children to keeping their own journal through multiple homes.

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