In our family, we all clean up the kitchen after dinner. We do a lot of things together, just like other families. Our family is a little different than most though. We are a foster family.

When ten-year-old Jack is removed from his parents’ care because they are unsafe to live with, he can’t help but wonder: why can’t I go home? His foster parents, Carlos and Gloria, treat him and his foster sister, Vivienne, with love and kindness, but he still misses his real mom and dad. Fortunately, with the help of his foster family, his therapist, and other trusted adults, Jack is able to process his emotions and make the best of his new life.

From Foster to Forever gently reminds foster kids that it’s okay to feel sad, mad, or scared-or even all of those feelings at once. This book is the perfect way for adults to explain challenging home situations to foster children and reassure them that they are safe. With cozy illustrations and relatable characters, this book is sure to resonate with any child who has been in (or currently is in) Jack’s shoes.

About the Author:

Andrea E. Bowling, M.A., LMHCA, is a US Army veteran and licensed clinical mental health counselor with twenty years of experience in human services and mental health. The majority of her practice comprises working with children and families involved in the child welfare system. These experiences inspired Andrea to write From Foster to Forever as a resource for foster families. Andrea spends her free time in her garden or cooking for family and friends. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Stacey, as well as her three dogs and cat.