Fostering understanding

In the early 1990’s I was a licensed Foster Care provider, as a single woman searching for a way to build my own family I was looking to adopt.  The formal adoption process never came to fruition, but my extended family was formed anyway – and I am still in contact with my “kids” thirty years later – as they have become wonderful adults. They each had their struggles and demons to overcome, and the system made it all the more difficult because of the focus on reuniting kids with the families that in most cases were responsible for their varying abuses. I am not averse to the reunification of loving family undergoing hard times or parents who are struggling with mental illness or addiction – but the families that are truly dysfunctional and consciously abusive are very hard to try, in good faith, to work toward putting a child back into that environment.

Why am I talking about this today? Because a friend and author from the writers group I belong to (Writers of Kern) – Cyn Bermudez, is about to celebrate the release of her third book in a series about two brothers in the Foster Care System. These books are “Hi Lo” books (books written in simple language while addressing mature concepts, to help those readers whose reading skills may need practice).

The book, “Not Home For The Holidays“, follows the brothers Victor and Isaac, through their experiences being separated in foster care.

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Christmas is coming. Victor and Isaac want to spend the holidays together. But they’re stuck in their new foster homes and their mom is stuck in jail. Victor and Isaac struggle to adjust to the unfamiliar customs of their foster families. They worry that their own traditions will be lost. Does accepting their present lives mean they’ve rejected their past?  “Not Home For The Holidays”

If you are looking for a way to start the conversation about foster care with your own kids, or are a teacher who has foster kids in your classroom, I recommend these books.

If you are in the Bakersfield CA area on February 1st, you may want to attend the book release celebration at Russo’s Books there. Here’s the information:

Book Release Celebration
February 01, 2020 11 am to 1 pm at Russo’s Books
Join author Cyn Bermudez in celebrating the release of her third book in the Brothers series. Refreshments will be served.
Books will be available for purchase.
Pre-order link https://zurl.co/Zyur   

 

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