Author(s): Chuck Slate
This book was written as a result of the author and his wife spending several years providing for kids who needed a home. There are many, many books written on the subject of at risk children and/or foster children. Most, if not all, are written by clinical psychologists or other people of learning who believe that they are child advocates. NOT THIS ONE This one tells it like it really is After the mandatory hours of training (which were not needed because of raising four birth children and a teenager the boys had adopted) the author and his wife began accepting foster children.
The book describes how the foster parent feels about raising foster children (and birth children). He relates from the experiences of a foster dad rather than from a clinical slant. The information, of course, applies to birth children, as well. Much information is presented to assist parents in dealing with the problems of puberty. Case studies are included as well as poems from one of the foster girls and a diary from another foster parent about her dealings with two foster children.
The sequel to this book is entitled: 'Never Underestimate the Arrogance or Stupidity of Government' and covers a case in which the foster parents sued Child Protective Services for mistreatment of them as foster parents and one of their foster children. It cost them $10,000 and they were sure they would lose, but they wanted to make a statement about the screwed up system.