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Castaway Kid: One Man’s Search for Heart and Home

Mitchell is a respected financial consultant and a dedicated youth advocate, but what’s not well known is that he had a tumultuous childhood. His memoir reveals his life in an orphanage after his mother abandoned him at age 3, as well as his struggle to find love and acceptance and learn to trust. Mitchell knew his mentally ill mother, who once kidnapped him from the orphanage, but had no real memories of his father, who attempted suicide but ended up brain damaged. His maternal grandmother was the boy’s anchor, but she couldn’t raise him, which only added to his confusion. He teetered on the edge of disaster as he matured, but at age 17 he prayed, “Jesus, if You are real, come into my nightmare. Forgive me of my sins and change me.” Mitchell’s story is inspiring both for its spiritual dimension and its conventional Horatio Alger narrative. The facts of his case are also verifiably true, which Mitchell and the publisher take pains to ensure in part through the Web site www.amillionlittleproofs.com, which offers .pdf versions of documents from Mitchell’s past. His memoir will appeal to adults with difficult pasts, those who work with troubled kids and anyone who revels in seeing God change a life.
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Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey

Children suffering from abuse. Neglect. Malnutrition. Even drug-related problems passed on from a mother’s addiction. Children rejected by those who were to love them most, their parents. When placed into a foster home, many of these children carry with them the physical and emotional scars that prevent them from accepting the love of another. This journey as a foster parent is the most difficult thing John DeGarmo has done. Through the sleepless nights with drug-addicted babies, the battles with angry teens, and the tears from such tremendous sadness, John DeGarmo learns that to follow God’s call in his life means to take up His cross in his own home. Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey is the true-life account of his experience as a foster parent, along with his wife and their own three children, as he followed God’s call to take foster children into his home. This is a story of heartbreak, sadness, and ultimately love as he came to find God in the tears and smiles of many foster children.
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Small Town, Big Miracle: How Love Came to the Least of These

On one memorable day, while Bishop W. C. Martin and his wife, Donna, were in prayer together, God gave them a one-word message: “Adopt!” They were called to carry out literally James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans . . . in their affliction.” Over the next five years, the Martins would adopt four kids, including two with special needs. And though they didn’t make adoption a “cause” at that time, the members of their church of 200 soon caught the same vision. The church has now adopted 72 children and counting. For more than 20 years Bishop W. C. Martin has served the community of Possum Trot, Texas, as pastor of Bennett Chapel. In 1997, he and his wife, Donna, adopted two children and began a miraculous adventure that has become one of the premier adoption stories in America. Bishop Martin and Donna have appeared on such programs as “Oprah,” “Dateline NBC,” and “Good Morning America” to tell this miraculous story. Martin’s vision for the church in America is to encourage Christians toward caring for orphans so that no child will be left without a loving home.
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So Many Children

June Pereira Ward was born in Upstate New York where she grew up attending Norwich Schools, graduating in 1950. June attended Columbia Bible College and then moved to Tucson, Arizona. In 1967 she began taking in pre-adopt newborns which soon came to a close due to Roe vs. Wade. For 25 years June took in newborns through 12 years of age, alone and in her arms. June has touched the lives of 350-plus precious children who were hurting deep within due to broken bones, drugs, sexual, mental and /or physical abuse. As June herself states, it was a glorious 25 year journey-seeing frightened, confused, hurting, weary children come alive and begin to find that there can be joy and happiness in their lives. June s purpose for this book is that it will reach out into the communities and touch the lives and hearts of Christian parents to become Forster Parents to these precious children who have no choice. June says, I know God will bless you abundantly if you choose this ministry.
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The Heart Needs No Words

From the age of 11, Ivan’s life bounced between residential treatment centers, psychiatric facilities, and group homes in Alaska and Montana.  During those years he was separated from everyone he knew.  Just before his 15th birthday, Ivan was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Alone in the world and now facing the fight of his life he was moved to yet another state, Washington, for cancer treatment. With the help of his caseworker he was reunited with his older brother whom he had not seen in years. After cancer treatment Ivan was in need of a foster placement while his brother looked for housing and a way to support the two of them.  Emotionally shut down and nearly non verbal Ivan entered his new foster home. Out of the pain emerged a young man who was not the broken, disturbed teen he was portrayed by the records to be.  A teen with a zest for life and love to share was waiting for a chance to belong.
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Families Change

Written by Julie Nelson, who has taught in at-risk early childhood settings for nearly 30 years, this is a simple, softcover picturebook about the realities of when families have big problems and need to change so that kids can be safe. The illustrations, painted in warm colors, evoke a powerful sense of hearth and home while the text gently discusses difficult situations. “When families change, kids can remember the happy times and the sad and mad and scary times too. Kids can remember and love their birth families. Kids can love their new families too.” The last few pages offer a serious message to parents, foster parents, social workers, teachers, and caregivers, offering basic information about how to support and encourage young children amidst the terrifying crossroad of the termination of parental rights, as well as a list of resources and organizations created to help such children and those who look after them. Highly recommended especially for sharing with children in foster care or other, similar situations.
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Finding the Right Spot

Finding the Right Spot has a double meaning in this superb book of the same name. It is a story of disappointment and reconciliation for a little girl placed in foster care and the dog who is unapproachable until she finds just the right place to touch him. Geared towards ages 6 through 12, Finding the Right Spot by Janice Levy teaches the reader to grasp the perspective of a child who cannot live with her parents. Whatever the reason for the child’s placement in a home outside his or her own, this book offers ways for the child to relate to the protagonist’s emotions of anger, sadness, hope, and disappointment. It is equally appropriate for adults who work with children living without their parents.
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Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care

(Pre School-Grade 1) Meant to reassure children in foster care, this accumulation of short, declarative sentences stresses the importance of being safe. The illustrations show a multiethnic cast of kids and adults, some in positive situations and others in more stressful settings. The first half of the book discusses, in the briefest possible terms, why kids end up in foster care, and the second half talks about foster parents and other adults in supporting roles. A brief but helpful informational message for adults is appended, giving tips on helping foster children work through their difficult emotions, and a list of adult resources is also included. The book does offer validation of a living situation that affects thousands of children in the U.S. each year and explains it in a straightforward style.
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Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

(Ages 4-10) This interesting book is designed primarily for foster parents to share with their foster child, but any professional, including teachers, counselors, ministers or those in the legal profession, would benefit from reading it or having it in their office. All sides of the foster care situation are discussed with great sensitivity to the feelings of the foster child. Parents, foster parents, professionals as well as the court system are profiled with a point of view that everyone is working for the benefit of the foster child. Bright, watercolor illustrations portray families in all situations in the community and at home without necessarily relating specifically to the text. A lengthy note to foster parents and other adults further defines some of the issues surrounding foster care.
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Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care

(Pre School-Grade 1) Murphy, a Tibetan Terrier puppy is told he is a ‘good luck dog’. He is cheerful, happy, and loves to play and wag his tail. However, after going through two different homes and an animal shelter, Murphy starts to feel like a ‘bad luck dog’ who nobody wants. Murphy’s Three Homes follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self-doubt, and hope for a new, loving family. Finally, Murphy is placed in a caring foster home where he feels comfortable and valued. He learns that he is not a bad dog after all and can go back to being a playful puppy and a ‘good luck dog’!
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My Foster Family: A Story for Children Entering the Foster Care System

(Ages 5-11) My Foster Family is a special children’s coloring book that offers young children entering foster care the opportunity to explore their feelings and to adjust to the foster care system. Intended for children who are being placed in foster care for the first time, it provides a gentle and thoughtful description of both the logistical and emotional changes that a young child is likely to face. Useful at any stage of the foster care placement process, My Foster Family employs the familiar coloring book format as a safe and supportive tool to help children share their deepest fears and concerns upon entering foster care.
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The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care

The Star: A story to help young children understand foster care is an easy-to-read, short story with beautiful, watercolor illustrations. The book follows a fictional young girl, Kit, who is taken from her mother to the safety, and different world, of a foster home. On Kit’s first night in foster care, she becomes friends with a star outside her bedroom window. The star tells Kit about other foster children it has seen. Throughout the story, the star is a source of comfort for Kit as she experiences many emotions and adjusts to all the new things in her foster home. A refreshingly sensitive book that affirms and encourages children who have been taken from their homes and placed in foster care. The author addresses feelings and questions that children typically have and supportively lets them know that they are not alone. To get the most out of this book, the author recommends looking at Questions & Activities for The Star: A handbook for foster parents.
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The Star: A Handbook for Foster Parents

This handbook is a must for adults who wish to ease a child’s transition into a foster care situation. It is user friendly and provides tools that caregivers can use to help nurture the bond between themselves and foster children. The workbook provides questions about the story, THE STAR, that foster parents and professionals can use to indirectly gain more understanding of the foster child’s experience. It also includes fun activities for both children and adults that can help break the ice. Foster parents may be unpleasantly surprised by foster children’s hesitancy to get close to them. This booklet can serve as a guide to help adults to effectively help each unique child. The beauty of this book is that the author is an experienced foster parent (in addition to being educated in psychology and pediatric nursing). Her experience in working with children, who have been deeply wounded, helps her to effectively relate to the unique issues that foster parents and pediatric professionals may face.
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1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-11

This revised edition of the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight, and proven experience. The technique offers a foolproof method of disciplining children ages two through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking. By means of three easy-to-follow steps, parents learn to manage troublesome behavior, encourage good behavior, and strengthen the parent-child relationship—avoiding the “Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit” syndrome which frustrates so many parents. Ten strategies for building a child’s self-esteem and the six types of testing and manipulation a parent can expect from the child are discussed, as well as tips on how to prevent homework arguments, make mealtimes more enjoyable, conduct effective family meetings, and encourage children to start doing their household chores. New advice about kids and technology and new illustrations bring this essential parenting companion completely up-to-date.
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Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children

Building the Bonds of Attachment is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachment disorder. This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect. Building the Bonds of Attachment focuses on both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting that is often necessary in facilitating a child’s psychological development and attachment security. It develops a model for intervention by blending attachment theory and research, trauma theory, and the general principles of parenting, and child and family therapy. This book is a practical guide for the adult–whether professional or parent–who endeavors to help such children.
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Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years

Parenting little ones can be exhausting…until you discover Love and Logic. Take the exhaustion out and put the fun into parenting your little one. If you want help with potty training, temper tantrums, bedtime, whining, time-out, hassle-free mornings and many other everyday challenges, then this book is for you! This book is the tool parents of little ones have been waiting for. America’s Parenting Experts Jim and Charles Fay, Ph.D., help you start your child off on the right foot. The tools in Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood will give you the building blocks you need to create children who grow up to be responsible, successful teens and adults. And as a bonus you will enjoy every stage of your child’s life and look forward to sharing a lifetime of joy with them.
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Parenting with Love and Logic

Psychiatrist Cline and educator Fay’s “Love and Logic” parenting method advocates raising responsible children through practice. “Helicopter” parents hover around their children while “drill sergeant” parents give orders to theirs, they claim. Neither of these styles permits children to learn how to make choices and learn from the consequences. The result is that as early as adolescence these children too often make bad decisions. In the context of a healthy, loving relationship, “Love and Logic” parents teach their children responsibility and the logic of life by solving their own problems, providing skills for coping in the real world. After laying out the principles of “Love and Logic,” the authors provide “parenting pearls,” which are strategies for applying the method to actual situations such as back-seat battles in the car, homework, and keeping bedrooms clean. The narration, performed by Tim Kenney and Bert Gurule, is clear and energetic. This is an upbeat and sensible approach to child rearing that will be popular with foster/adoptive parents.
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Parenting Teens with Love and Logic

The real world doesn’t operate on punishment. It operates on consequences. Teens must never be allowed to think that the consequences of their poor decision will be “Mom and Dad will get angry.” They should be thinking of the natural consequence of their actions. Whenever we lay something on a teenager that doesn’t happen in the real world, it’s a punishment and not a consequence. This book empowers parents by providing them with the tools and skills to handle each mistake with respect and embrace it as a learning opportunity. This respectful attitude assists teenagers in becoming responsible adults while maintaining a positive healthy parent/teen relationship while also providing parents with a wide variety of the necessary skills to set behavioral limits, encourage decision-making, and teach their teenagers the essential social skills to function in the adult world.
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The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction

The Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders.
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The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction

The Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders.
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Therapeutic Parenting; It’s a Matter of Attitude!

This book is small, but mighty! Deborah Hage, a renowned attachment therapist, and a mother to two children by birth, seven children by adoption, and therapeutic foster parent to five other children, presents an immense amount of information on how to parent a child with attachment issues. Her experience with one of her own sons, adopted at six months of age, has given her insight into what life is like as the parent of a child with attachment disorder. The suggestions are concrete and can be used immediately. This is also available in-print by ordering from the Nancy Thomas website.
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When Love is Not Enough; A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD

This book brings hope and healing tools to parents and professionals working to help challenging children. Effective interventions, a full step by step plan, clearer insight and understanding make a powerful difference in helping children heal. If you want to make a difference in the life of a hurting child, this book will do it! This plan was honed on some of the most difficult children in the US and has been used successfully to help thousands of children around the world. Children can learn to be respectful, responsible and fun to be with. This book tells the reader how to do it and then zaps them with a boost of encouragement to get started!
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