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Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights [Paperback]

Julie Nelson , Gallagher Mary
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March 7 2007 Kids Are Important
All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it's not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

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About the Author

Julie Nelson is passionately committed to supporting society's most highly stressed children. She is a teacher and home visitor for the Families Together Preschool, a nonprofit early intervention program, and an instructor at the University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource Nov. 17 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a therapist working with lots of children in the child protection system, this book has been a wonderful, clear resource that can be used to introduce difficult topics and help answer some of the multiple questions these children are carrying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids loved this book June 11 2013
By Mattise
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was very helpful. We have a huge age range in our home. So we were looking for something suitable for all and this worked. The illustrations also stood out to our kids and rang true of their experiences. I would love to see more books like this available for children leaving fostercare to be adopted.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended especially for sharing with children in foster care or other, similar situations. July 10 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by Julie Nelson, who has taught in at-risk early childhood settings for nearly 30 years, Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights 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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!!! Jan. 11 2008
By Christine Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With so few books available for foster children, this is an amazing resource! The concepts are presented in such gentle, reassuring, and child-friendly language. I think that books like this really help children to know that they are not the first or only child to go through the traumatic experience of being separated from their birth family (and possibly abuse and neglect). And when they know they are not alone, it may help them to believe it is not their fault. Once again, it is very well written, and the artwork is quite nice.

Christine Mitchell, author and illustrator of:
Family Day: Celebrating Ethan's Adoption Anniversary and
Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool to assist children in understanding parental termination June 23 2008
By L. D. Compton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a mental health clinician, providing mental health treatment to both children and adults who've experienced abuse & neglect. This book is a wonderful tool for assisting children in understanding what is happening to their families. It does a nice job of portraying outcomes in a "hopeful" light. Finally, it is a great tool for facilitating conversation with the less-enthused late school age child, who is not necessarily happy to be placed in mental health therapy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids going through the Foster/Adoption system! Feb. 16 2010
By W. Applegren - Published on Amazon.com
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There are so few books on adoption geared at kids who are old enough to remember their birth parents, this really is a good way of introducing the termination of parental rights process to "older" kids. We first met our kids when they were 6 and just turned 8, and they had gone through so many foster homes (8), they didn't know what to think of us, and they kept thinking we would get rid of them. They also were wrapping up visitation with their biological family so it was hard to know what to say about what was happening. This book shows them that they are not the only kids going through this process and helps give them an understanding of what is happening to them in the court system.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to normalize the changes that occur in families Feb. 6 2010
By L. Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I use this book in my therapy practice when working with children in foster care or who have been adopted. It is an excellent way to introduce the topic and to help to normalize their experience.
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