Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, Alissa Imre Geis

Book cover for Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
Book cover for Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, Alissa Imre Geis

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Description

Will I live with my parents again? Will I stay with my foster parents forever? For children in foster care, the answer to many questions is often "maybe." Maybe Days addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns these children most often face.

Honest and reassuring, it also provides basic information that children want and need to know, including the roles of various people in the foster care system and whom to ask for help.

An extensive afterword for adults caring for foster children describes the child's experience, underscores the importance of open communication, and outlines a variety of ways to help children adjust to the "maybe days"--and to thrive.

From the Note to Foster Parents and Other Adults:

The enormity of adjustment that children in foster care are asked to make is hard to over-state. Children in foster care may experience and express a range of feelings, many of which may emerge during the reading of this book. Multiple feelings may occur at the same time and may include:
Relief and a sense of safety
  • Happiness and a sense of enjoyment
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Fear or worry
  • Confusion
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Loneliness
  • Sense of loss
Some children respond well to verbal discussion about their feelings....Keep in mind that asking questions and encouraging activities can be useful for some children, but it is not always necessary and is never a substitute for simply listening.

About the Author

Jennifer Wilgocki, MS, is the co-author of Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care and a child and family therapist with an expertise in attachment and bonding issues, and she provide training in attachment theory to professionals and foster parents. She lives in Wisconsin.

Marcia Kahn Wright, PhD, is the co-author of Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care and a clinical psychologist who works with children and families, primarily in community mental health settings. She lives in Wisconsin.

Alissa Imre Geis graduated with a degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and is the illustrator of Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care. She lives in Los Angeles.Visit her at www.alissaimregeis.com and follow her on Twitter: @alissaimregeis and Instagram: @alissaimregeis.

Publishing Information

Publisher: Magination Press
Pub date: 2001-12-15
Length: 32 pages
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