Midwest Book Review on We’re Not All the Same But We’re Family

Nancy Lorraine’s Bookshelf

 We’re All Not the Same But We’re Still Family
Theresa Fraser and Eric E. W. Fraser, authors
www.LHPress.com
9781615994786, $15.95 PB, $4.95 Kindle, Ages 4-8
9781615994793, $26.95, HC, 42pp, www.amazon.com

We’re Not All the Same, But We’re Family

We’re Not the Same But We’re Still Family: An Adoption and Birth Family Story” is a compassionate book for adoptive kids and families that embraces the concept of exploring a sense of family that is inclusive of both adoptive and birth parents and relatives.

Deshaun is a 13 year old adopted boy who was curious about his birth father. He had some memories of his birth mother, but they were not all positive. He asked his parents if they would help him seek information about his birth father. The search was successful and Deshaun was able to communicate with his birth father using Skype. Eventually Deshuan was taken by his adoptive parents on a long trip so he could meet his father and more members of his birth family.
This openness to an expanded sense of family led to added security and expanded love between Deshuan and his biological family as well as his adoptive family. Some questions that are suggested for exploration by other adoptive families include the following: Discuss feelings about adoption. Imagine what openness might mean for both the child and the family.
Acknowledge similarities and differences among family members. Discuss if an expanded sense of family is possible for their circumstances. “We’re All Not the Same, But We’re Still Family: is a positive, exploratory book that helps children and families confront some of the issues included in adoption. Illustrations of mixed race parents and families add to the richness of the adoptive child/family’s exploration of the child’s birth family and history.
“We’re All Not the Same But We’re Still Family” is recommended for children age 5-6 years and up.
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Billy Had To Move: A Foster Care Story

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Child Protection Services have been involved with Billy and his mother for some
time now. He has been happily settled in a kinship placement with his grandmother
and enjoys his pet cat, interacting with neighbors and even taking piano
lessons. As the story unfolds, Billy's grandmother has unexpectedly passed away
and so the story of Billy Had To Move begins.


Unfortunately, Billy's mother cannot be located. Mr. Murphy, Billy's social
worker, places him in the foster home of Amy, Tim, and their baby "Colly." Billy
experiences great loss resulting not only from his grandmother's death, but also
the loss of the life he knew. Billy's inner journey therefore has also begun and with
the help of Ms. Woods, a Play Therapist, there is hope.


Therapists' Acclaim for Billy Had To Move


"This gem of a book gently frames the stages of a child's natural quest to make
sense of his story. Fraser has created more than a teaching story: she generously
offers a sacred space that compassionately holds and supports the multidimensional
realities of our foster children and their birth families, our social workers and
foster families, our teachers and child psychotherapists."

--Gisela Schubach De Domenico, PhD, MFT, R-PTS


"Billy Had To Move is a profound story about the complex issues children in foster
care often face. Fraser provides important lessons for caregivers. The book
gracefully introduces the sandtray and provides insight into how powerful the experience
can be when the child has an opportunity to explore their trauma in the
sandtray."
--Mark E. Hulbert, MA, LLP


"A wonderful addition to the bibliotherapy field. This is a much-needed book for
foster care children to help them in adjusting to a new caregiver and placement. It
offers a welcoming view of how children's worries and losses can be understood
by a caring Play Therapist, in a warm and inviting setting."

--Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S; Director of Clinical Training,
The Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, NY


"In this engaging, warm-hearted story, Billy grieving the loss of his grandmother,
finds a way to heal by expressing his thoughts and feelings in Play Therapy.
Highly recommended!"
--Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S
Director Emeritus, The Association for Play Therapy


Learn More About This Book at www.TheresaFraser.com


From the Growing With Love series at Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com


Juvenile Fiction : Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
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