365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement for Foster Care Families
By Dr. John DeGarmo
Familius, 2018, ISBN: 9781641701242, 380 pages, $19.99
The handy “Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom” is a fun, inspirational resource for foster parents. Written by Dr. John DeGarmo, a longtime foster parent, the book provides a short opening note from former foster child turned inspirational speak Mark Anthony Garrett, as well as an introduction from DeGarmo about his early journey as a foster parent. The book is broken into daily tips and quotes about foster parenting, starting with January 1. Each daily entry tackles various aspects of the foster parenting journey, from preparing to become a foster parent to tips for making a new child feel comfortable in your home.
Some entries are themed, like several in December focus on parenting through the holidays and incorporating traditions from the child’s birth family into the foster family’s traditions. Others are more general such as creating a lifebook and how to collect pictures from the birth family to create one. Regardless of whether you’re on the first day of your foster parenting journey or somewhere in the middle, “The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom” is uniquely designed to provide families with tips for their journey and inspiration to help them along the way.
— Reviewed by Kim Phagan-Hansel