short book that would hold a toddler’s attention and keep them interested in this little book. What’s a Foster Family ? (Foster to Forever) tells in kids words a process that way too many children have to follow at this point.
It does a great job in laying out what a foster family is, but I feel it lacks in telling what a forever family is. however, a reader has to read it from the viewpoint of a toddler so those words and even using the word “forever” can be over their head.
All in all, the book does a very good job. It is brief, to the point and just tells the need to know information and that is what I like about this book.
What’s a Foster Family?
Alex’s an only child who’s used to having Mommy and Daddy all to himself.
So when his parents start doing foster care and little Malik joins their home, Alex’s not so sure he’s happy about sharing.
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Anne Garboczi Evans is a mental health counselor, military spouse, author, and mama to an opinionated little toddler named “Joe-Joe.”Anne and her husband are getting licensed as foster parents in Colorado, so soon their house will be exploding with little voices, little feet, and diapers, diapers everywhere.
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Helen Cochrane is 47 years old. She met her husband Kenny when she was 16 and married at 27. They have two children, Amy and Adam, and one pet cat. Helen lives in Scotland and doesn’t drive. She supports teenagers with special needs when she’s not doodling. Helen describes herself as an immature, mature illustration student. Her goal this year is to create a website for her illustration work. Life is good.
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On Authors & Illustrators: http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/HelenCochrane/blog/2132
Meet the Author: Anne Garboczi Evans
- How long have you been writing? I finished my first novel at age fifteen and promptly sent a proposal out to a publisher. Thank goodness they didn’t actually publish it! I can’t even look at that novel anymore without blushing at how badly written it was. :)
What inspired you to write What’s a Foster Family?
My husband and I were in the process of getting licensed as foster parents last year when I started to worry about how we would explain the twists and turns of foster siblings to our then 2-year-old son. There are lots of I’m a Big Brother/Sister books you can read to your toddler when you’re pregnant, but there was nothing to introduce a child to the idea of foster siblings. So I wrote What’s a Foster Family? for our son, “Joe-Joe.”
Will there be a sequel?
Helen and I are planning to release a sequel to What’s a Foster Family? in November 2015 for U.S. National Adoption month.
What other kind of books do you write?
My literary agent is Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary. All my book proposals out right now are adult books. The one I’m most excited about is a book about world religions called No Fear: My Tale of Hijabs, Witchcraft Circles, & the Cross. As a mental health counselor, I also have written books about anxiety and depression, domestic violence, and dealing with PTSD as a military spouse. But I’m still awaiting book contracts and publication dates on those books.
4.What is the most common misunderstanding you see in how people view foster care?
That foster kids are “bad” kids. Sure these kids come from traumatic backgrounds, but they’re just kids. And they need love and support as much and more than any other kid.
- What are your advocacy goals?
Every county, state, and country I’ve researched is short on foster families. I hope that What’s a Foster Family? will inspire more families around the world to open their hearts and homes to foster children. I also hope that the book will help kids have more understanding and acceptance for their classmates, friends and relatives who are foster children.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Marry a rich man. ;) But seriously, making a living as an author is easier said than done. I’d suggest that aspiring authors first evaluate their writing goals. (Is writing a hobby or a job for you?) Here’s a blog series I wrote to help writers figure that question out. And then, knowing the odds, if you decide to try to make a professional career out of your writing, market like crazy. You should start your social media pages and blog the same day you put pen to paper for the first page of your first book.
Meet the Illustrator: Helen Cochrane
- How long have you been illustrating?
3 years formally, but I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon
What inspired the characters/pictures you created in What’s a Foster Family?
I took inspiration for the family from the author’s own family with some poetic license. The other characters came from lots of sketching and my imagination.
Are you looking to take on more illustrating work? How does that work?
I’m looking for an agent and I’m hoping to write and illustrate my own children’s books sometime in the near future. Authors can contact me via my online sites and we can discuss possible projects.
What inspired your interest in advocating for foster kids?
I have worked in education for the past 14 years, supporting teenagers from all backgrounds, including looked-after children and I have seen the immense benefits that fostering provides.
What’s your favorite children’s book?
As a child it was Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley. I loved sharing in her little adventures. My favourite one now would have to be No Matter What by Debi Gliori. A book I have read many times to our children.
Who’s your favorite illustrator/artist?
I have many, but one of my favourite illustrators is Arthur Rackham and I also love Gustav Klimt.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
London is a family favourite. Lots to do. But I loved Paris too.
What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators?
Lots of sketching. Never settle for “that’ll do”. Always push yourself and most importantly, enjoy.
Fast Facts about Foster Care in the United States: There are 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S. Over 100,000 of these children are eligible for adoption, but each year over 20,000 will age out without ever being adopted. Thirty-one percent of the children in foster care were under the age of 3 when they first entered care. The average stay in foster care until a child re-unifies with family or is adopted is twenty-two months.
Fast Facts about Foster Care in the U.K.: Almost 70,000 children are in care. Twenty-three percent of the children are 4 and under. If a looked-after child is not able to return home, the average time he/she is in care until being adopted is 18 months. Five thousand children a year are adopted from care. But 6,000 children a year age out of the system without ever reunifying or being adopted.
Fast Facts about Foster Care in Canada: About 80,000 children are in care in Canada. Thirty-thousand of these children are in need of an adoptive home. While there aren’t great national statistics on the children in foster care, experts estimate that several thousand Canadian foster children age out every year without ever reunifying or being adopted.
Fast Facts about Foster Care in Australia: There are about 40,000 children in foster care in Australia. About 3,000 foster children age out every year without ever reunifying or being adopted.
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