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A Guidebook for Raising Foster Children


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"Dr. Susan Blatt's book, Guide for Raising Foster Children, represents a very comprehensive guide for the care of foster children. The book is readable and suggestions provided are practical and easy to follow. This book is a valuable resource for foster parents." -- Joanne M. Joseph, Associate Professor of Psychology, State University of New York Institute of Technology, Author of The Resilient Child: Preparing Today's Youth for Tomorrow's World "All parents have questions and Dr. Blatt's book has answers. A Guidebook for Raising Foster Children has helpful information about health, behavior, school, and many other aspects of a foster child's life. A copy of this book would be a benefit to every foster home." -- Karen Jorgenson, Administrator, National Foster Parent Association, Inc. "Dr. Blatt has provided us with a tool for everyday problems, and a thoughtful guidance through difficult issues. A must read for parents as well as providers of services." -- Ole A. Pettersen, Executive Director, Center For Addiction Recovery "Being a foster parent is extremely challenging and when questions arise quick and thoughtful answers should be available. Dr. Blatt covers many aspects of foster care including health and behavior. The book is easy to read and practical, yet research-based and up-to-date." -- William F. Holicky, Executive Director, The House of the Good Shepherd

Table of Contents

Introduction to Foster Care Welcoming New Foster Children Foster Children as Part of a Foster Family The Foster Child's Biological Family Abuse and Neglect Newborns and Infants Six to Twelve Years old School Adolescents and Teenagers Helping Foster Children Learn New Behavior Seriously Abnormal Behavior Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice Common Health Related Problems in Foster Children When the Child Is Ill or Injured The Chronically Ill Foster Child Particular Concerns for Foster Parents Particular Concerns of Foster Children Appendix: List of Organizations Index

About the Author

SUSAN McNAIR BLATT, M.D. is the Medical Director of the House of Good Shepherd in Utica, New York, a child welfare agency, and is an Adjunct Professor at Utica College./e

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