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April 2012Vol. 13, No. 3Toolbox for Foster Parents

A new guide is available to provide foster parents and child welfare professionals with practical information, parenting tips, and fresh strategies to better understand and respond to the needs of children and youth in foster care. Edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel, The Foster Parenting Toolbox is the result of a collaborative effort that taps into the experiences, words of wisdom, and problem-solving skills of foster parents, birth parents, caseworkers, former foster youth, and child welfare advocates. The 464-page book covers topics such as how to become a foster parent, working with biological families, and dealing with issues of grief and loss, and it offers advice and recommendations on nurturing positive foster parent/child relationships, successfully managing difficult behaviors, and seeking appropriate services.

Developed as an extension of State trainings, the book focuses on the most common foster care issues and concerns. Chapters highlight critical areas of foster parenting, including:

  • Collaborations
  • Caregiver transitions
  • Birth family relations
  • Addressing trauma
  • Issues related to anger, grief, attachment disruption
  • Using discipline
  • Support services
  • Allegations of abuse
  • Family reunification/adoption

The Foster Parenting Toolbox can be purchased on the EMK Press website:  

Download a free article from the book, "The Jigsaw Puzzle Child," by Eileen Mayers Pasztor:  (3 MB)