Foster Forward: Are You Fitting in or Freaking out?

SKU: 9220


by Linda Rieger, Ph.D.
Many children in foster care are dealing with not only the trauma that took place in their home of origin, but also the ordeal of being uprooted and placed in a new home.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is intended to help a counselor gently guide a child through the process of dealing with placement in foster care. The child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil he’s been experiencing and the resultant effects in his life. Positive coping strategies are introduced and discussed. The child can be taught how to use these strategies effectively to grow emotionally and deal with the current situation in a constructive way.

These children may be struggling with the following issues:

  • Feeling alone and abandoned
  • Feeling unwanted
  • Feeling ambivalence about accepting foster parents as parents
  • Feeling a strong desire to return to birth parents regardless of the situation
  • Feeling a lack of control about decisions being made about them
  • Feeling a sense of hopelessness about the future

The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of emotional instability and the progress the child has made in dealing with the issues involved.

The accompanying counselor’s guide contains detailed presentation information and talking points for each activity in the workbook as well as additional resources including: Definitions of terms and roles common in foster care, tips for foster parents and guardians, as well as sources for additional information.

The activities in the workbook can be used in individual or group sessions, with or without the foster parents present. The complete program, including Spanish worksheets and counselor’s guide, is on a CD-ROM for easy reproduction. Package contains 2 workbooks, 1 counselor’s guide, and 1 bilingual CD-ROM.

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