CASA Reading List

CASA Reading List

CASA Reading List

Below is a list of reading materials that might be helpful to CASA volunteers, as well as others interested in child advocacy. As a CASA volunteer, if you read one or more, please drop us a line to let us know what you thought of the book and we will credit you with continuing education hours. Many of these books have been featured in the National CASA Association wonderful publication, "The Connection” magazine.

In addition to providing this list, we would love to know of other books you have read which you’ve found helpful in understanding the situations our CASA children face, so they can be added to our reading list.
"Learning to Live: A Black Woman’s Journey Beyond Foster Care” by Theresa Cameron
Chronicles Ms. Cameron’s early years in foster care; how education became the key to success later in life and her life as an adult. Ms. Cameron tells of what happened after she "aged out" of foster care . (available in the CASA office)
"Surviving the Storm: The Life of a Child in Foster Care” by Julia S. Charles
Ms Charles’ writes about her decade in foster care, including her thoughts and fears as a child regarding her circumstances and how she overcame the barriers surrounding her.

"The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeanette Walls
This autobiography details Ms. Wall’s life as a child in an extremely dysfunctional family. Her father, a brilliant free-spirited man, suffered with bouts of alcoholism. Her mother was also a free-spirit, who did not want to be tied down to a conventional lifestyle. The family constantly moves, living in houses, out of their car and in boxes. The children learn to fend for themselves to keep from starving. Later, as adults, the children become successful, but the parents continue to be homeless.

"When a Child Becomes the 4-Year Old Parent – Trouble Don’t Last Always” by Shane Salter (former executive director of the Washington D.C. CASA program)
This autobiography chronicles Mr. Salter’s life from childhood through adulthood. He details his memories of his drug addicted mother; going into foster care; feeling like he didn’t belong; his struggles with his biological family and foster families; learning that education was a key to success; and how his early life has affected him as a adult and the relationships he has with others. (available in the CASA office)
"A Child Called ‘It’: One Child’s Courage to Survive” by Dave Pelzer
Mr. Pelzer’s autobiographical story about the extreme abuse he endured at the hands of his alcoholic mother. (available in the CASA office)

"The Lost Boy” by Dave Pelzer
The second installment of the trilogy of the life of Mr. Pelzer and how he adapts to life in foster care. (available in the CASA office)
"A Man Named Dave” by Dave Pelzer
This third book in a series covers the adult life of Mr. Pelzer and how he handles adult relationships and making peace with his mother before she dies.
"It Won’t Hurt Forever: Guiding your Child Through Trauma” by Peter A. Levine
2 Disc C.D. Two sections of this CD are for parents to help them support and guide their child through a traumatic experience. The third part, is for both parents and children. (available in the office)
"Out of the Darkness: The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson” by Eric A. Shelman and Stephen Lazoritz, M.D.
This historical drama chronicals the story of Mary Ellen Wilson. Before the world became aware of Mary Ellen Wilson in 1874, it was a hopeless place for abused and forgotten children. Child protection agencies existed, but were reluctant to the point of inaction when it came to saving children from the abuses of their parents and guardians. Children were considered property, and to become involved was to invade the family, a sacred and private institution. (available in the CASA office)
"The Privilege of Youth” by Dave Pelzer
Mr. Pelzer uses this book to do a more in depth look at his life in and out of the foster care system and how it affected his adolescence.
"Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
This book is an expansion of an essay Ms. Rhodes-Courter wrote for a New York Times Essay Contest. In the book, she examines the child welfare system as viewed by a child. Ms. Rhodes-Courter entered the foster care system at the age of 3 and over the next 9 years was in 14 different foster homes. The story can be frustrating and emotionally draining for the reader, but also a story which reveals the author’s resilience and precocious spirit. She also talks about how her CASA volunteer "got me out of abusive foster homes and ensured that I was on the path to finding a permanent family.” (available in the CASA office)
"Too Scared to Cry: How Trauma Affects Children and Ultimately Us All” by Lenore Terr, M.D.
Ms Terr uses the cases of dozens of traumatized children she has worked with over the years. Although the book’s centerpiece is the 1975 Chowchilla school bus kidnapping, it gives a comprehensive look into the world of trauma and how it affects children. (available in the CASA office)
"Conversations with Bobby: From Foster Child to Corporate Executive” by Bob Danzig
In this book, Mr. Danzig reveals the important role that mentors – both intentional and accidental – can play in helping a lonely child achieve success to find happiness.
"Me May Mary” by Mary Cameron Kilgour
"Me May Mary” is a straightforward, but moving story of how a young woman was able to not only survive the tribulations of an abusive childhood, but triumphantly become a prominent, contributing member of society. (available in the CASA office)
"Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence” by Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley
This book presents a shocking but empowering message: to understand violent behavior, one must look to the cradle. The book brings to parents and policy makers a synthesis of the newest research on brain development in early childhood and a neurologically based argument for competent nurturing of children’s emotional and behavioral development
"Parenting the Hurt Child” by Gregory Keck, PhD and Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
This book is geared to help foster/adoptive parents in learning to heal and grow as a family and dealing with the hurt and trauma experienced by the children in their home. (available in the CASA office)
"Adopting the Hurt Child” by Gregory Keck, PhD and Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
This book addresses the frustrations, heartache, and hope surrounding the adoptions of special needs children. It explains how trauma and interruptions affect these children's normal development and often severely undermine their capacity to function in a loving family and in society. (available in the CASA office)
"Parenting the Adopted Adolescent” by Gregory C. Keck, Phd
With humor, this book gives tips, strategies, suggestions and insights on raising the adolescent child. It helps you understand and appreciate the complicated journey that adopted adolescents face. (available in the CASA office)
"Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes” by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline
Trauma becomes imprinted on the body, brain and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illnesses, addictions, hyperactivity, and aggression. Rich with case studies and hands-on-activities, this book gives insight into children’s innate ability to rebound with the appropriate support, and provides their caregivers with tools to overcome and prevent trauma.
"Hidden In Plain Sight” by Barry Grosskopf, M.D.
This book discusses, how trauma’s – large or small- affect our lives and the lives of our loved ones. The author talks about the effects of trauma experienced by past generations being passed down to future generations. (available in the CASA office)
"Hidden In Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children’s Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate” by Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
This book reflects on Woodhouse’s long career as a distinguished family-law scholar and her deep reflection on the position of children in law and policy. She brings riveting stories about famous people, who as children, have made significant contributions in areas such as gender equality and civil rights. Woodhouse presents the reader with the original and compelling argument that children should also have rights, not because they are potential adults, but because of the agency, courage and vision they can and do exercise as children. (available in the CASA office)
"Invisible Kids: Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy” by Holly Schlaack
This novel, shares not only the horrible story of torture and abandonment and the slow agonizing death of Marcus Fiesel in foster care, but also highlights success stories as well. The author uses statistics and facts to show why the system works, why it doesn’t, and where it needs help. (available in the CASA office)
"When She Was Good” by Norma Fox Mazer
Em spent the first fourteen years of her life suffering her father’s alcoholic rages and her mother’s silent depression, and the next three trapped with her abusive older sister, Pamela. When Pamela dies, Em is alone at last. Shy, sweet and smart, Em does her best to live as she imagines "normal” people do. But will she be able to manage now that she is finally on her own? (available in the CASA office)
"A Child’s Journey Through Placement” by Vera I Fahlberg, M.D.
Dr. Fahlberg provides the foundation, the resources, and the tools which will help professionals (therapists, social workers, pediatricians, juvenile justice workers, CASA volunteers and child advocates), parents (birth, foster and adoptive), and others who care to support children for whom the journey through placement becomes part of the road to adulthood. (available in the CASA office)
"Bradshaw On: The Family – A Revolutionary Way of Self-Discovery” by John Bradshaw
Bradshaw focuses on the dynamics of the family, how the rules and attitudes learned while growing up become encoded within each family member. As 96% of all families are to some degree emotionally impaired, the unhealthy rules we are now living by are handed down from one generation to another and ultimately to society at large. (available in the CASA office)
"What I Call Life” by Jill Wolfson
Removed from her eccentric mother’s care during one of her mother’s "episodes”, Cal finds herself on "just a short, temporary detour from what I call life.” Cal finds herself in a group home with four other girls, watched over by a strange old woman everyone refers to as the knitting lady. At first, Cal can think of nothing but how to get out of this nuthouse. She knows does not belong there. But it turns out that all the girls, and even the knitting lady, may have a lot more in common than they could have imagined. (available in the CASA office)
"Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: A Love Based Approach to Helping Children with Severe Behaviors” by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW and B. Bryan Post, LCSW
This book addresses some of the most pressing and challenging issues faced by parents of children with histories of disrupted attachments. (available in the CASA office)
"Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir" by Daniel Tammet
Daniel Tammet was born an autistic savant who has emerged from the "other side" of autism with the ability to function successfully - he is even able to explain what is happening inside his head. This book explore what it is like to be special and gives insights into what makes us all human - our minds. (available in the office)
"They Cage the Animals at Night", by Jennings Michael
At the age of eight, Jennings Michael Burch painfully concluded that love only meant loss. His lonely odyssey began in Brooklyn when his mother, too sick to care for him, left him at an orphanage, saying only "I'll be right back". This stay was the first in a series of bleak foster homes and institutions, and he never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. To protect himself from the dull ache of loneliness, Jennings clung to a tattered stuffed animal, the sole source of warmth in a frightening world. This is the poignant story of his lost childhood. But it is also the triumphant tale of a little boy who finally gained the courage to reach out for love - and found it waiting for him. (available in the CASA office)
"Starving the Anger Gremlin":A cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anger Management for young people. By Kate Collins-Donnelly
This book is about controlling irrational thoughts and the harmful effects of anger. The "anger Gremlin" id a symbol of a person anger and how the more angry a person gets the bigger their "gremlin" gets. This book gives tips on how both children and adults cab control their anger based on effective cognitive behavioral therapy principles. An easy read book for children and young people aged 10+.
(available in the CASA office)
"Paper Angels" by Jimmy Wayne with Travis Thrasher
This book is about a man named Kevin Morrell who had a successful design and marketing firm but crashed due to the declining economy. One day while at the mall, Kevin comes across The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. he returns home and tells his wife about the tree and she insisted that he take a name from the tree. He picked a young boy by the name of Thomas Brandt. Thomas is 15 years old and comes from a family with an alcoholic father that later his mother had left him and became poor and struggling. The only thing keeping this family together is their faith. Although the boy wonders about how God could abandon their family like that.The man gets a life changed experience from an act of kindness and the boy shows the real meaning of Christmas. (available in the CASA office)
"A Question of Balance": Decision making for CASA/GAL Volunteers by Janet L. Ward
This book gives basic guidelines and information on making the best decision for each and every child in the system. Ms. Ward works for National CASA and developed the court system to help volunteers in understanding the court system from the merit hearing to termination of Parenting Rights. A great guide for volunteers in making recommendations in a child's "best interest". (available in the CASA office)
One Child by Torey L. Haden
This is the true story of an abused and abandoned child who is autistic and out of control. She is placed in classes for hte lowest funcioning level, but one teacher finds something in this child that everyone else missed. This story relays the ups and downs of the child and the bravery and devotion showed to her by a teacher. This relationship makes a world of difference in the life of this child. (available in the CASA office)
An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
The story of a successful Manhattan sales rep and a homeless 11 year old panhandler on the street. The sales rep initially passes this boy by as he begs for money then turns around and takes him to lunch. Thus begins an unexpected friendship that has lasted for over 30 years. This true story shows how one person can impact the life of a young child. (available in the CASA office)
I Speak For This Child - True Stories of a Child Advocate by Gay Courter
A collection of stories written by a volunteer GAL from Florida. Ms. Courter describes her experiences over a number of years with families, the courts, the child welfare system and most importantly, the children. (available in the CASA office)
Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless
Wendy Lawless recounts the memories of her and her sister's childhood as they are raised by a neglectful mother who has no clue how to care for her children. As their mother travels from city to city, this memoir recounts the story of these sister's survival. (available in the CASA office)
Clinical Psychopharmacology made ridiculously simple Edition 7 by John Preston, Psy.D. and James Johnson, M.D.
This book outlines a wide variety of psychological diagnosis' (bi-polar, anxiety disorder, PTSD and more) talking about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and medication. (available in the CASA office)
Child and Ddolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple 2nd Edition by John D. PReston, PSY.d., ABPP: John H. O'Neal, MD; Mary C. Talaga, R.PH., PH.D.
Essential diagnostic and treatment information for: ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorders. (available in the CASA office)
On Children and Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
Based on a decade of working with dying children, this compassionate book offeres the families of dead and dying children the help - and - hope they need to survive. (available in the CASA office)
On the Youth Communications Website at www.youthcomm.org , you will find a variety of publications for teens’ thoughtful choices about their lives. A brief listing includes:
Fighting the Monster – 39 true, credible stories about teens getting help for depression, sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, eating disorders, bereavement, promiscuity, uncontrolled anger and many other topics. Teens describe what worked for them, including self-help, therapy and medication.
Depression, Anger, Sadness – Teens candidly describe facing difficult emotional problems and what they did to try and help themselves.
I’m Not Crazy – designed to tell teens the "real deal” about getting help, in language they can understand. It explains mental health services in a way that helps the teen reader get the services they need to get the most out of their lives.





"Helping Children to Cope with Change, Stress, and Anxiety”: A Photocopiable Activities Book by Deborah M. Plummer

Children who have difficulty coping with change or who experience uncomfortably high levels of stress and anxiety often need help with understanding and managing their emotions. This creative book combines accessible theory with a wealth of games and activities designed to help children with these difficulties and build emotional awareness and resilience. (available in the CASA office)

"What Every Body is Saying” by Joe Navarro

Read this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read” people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. (available in the CASA office)

"Healing for the Man Molested as a Child- Abused Boys- The neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse” by Mic Hunter

Abused Boys reflects Mic Hunter’s tireless efforts to assist men with their sexuality problems. He has listened to his clients, read everything he could lay his hands on, and communicate with other professionals who have insight on this area. (available in the CASA office)

"Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls

"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeanette Walls’s no non-sense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, and the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. (available in the CASA office)

"Somebody Else’s Kids” by Torey L. Hayden

…They were four problem children—put in Torey Hayden’s class because no one else knew what to do with them. Together, with the help of a remarkable teacher who cared too much to ever give up, they became almost a family, able to give each other love and understanding they had found nowhere else. (available in the CASA office)

"Deliver Me from Evil” by Alloma Gilbert

When foster-mother Eunice Spry was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for abusing the children in her care, the details of her cruelty were so sickening they shocked the country. Alloma Gilbert was one of Spry’s young victims, sent to live with her at the age of six and left at her mercy for eleven brutal years. (available in the CASA office)

"Black And Blue” by Anna Quindlen

For eighteen years Fran Benedetto kept her secret. And hid her bruises. And stayed with Bobby because she wanted her son to have a father. And because, in spite of everything, she loved him. Then one night, when she saw the look on her ten-year-old son’s face, Fran finally made a choice—and ran for both their lives…. (available in the CASA office)

"Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of the unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth—and ultimately her life. (available in the CASA office)

"One Kid at a Time” by Jake Dekker

Danny had no chance. His mother abandoned him. His father in prison didn’t know him. His grandmother beat him so badly that the doctors couldn’t count the bruises. He lived in nonstop days of unending anxiety, loneliness, and terror. Order into foster care, the system isolated, drugged and betrayed him. (available in the CASA office)

"The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Acacia for secret love, a daffodil for new beginnings , wisteria for welcome , and camellia for my destiny is in your hands . In Victorian time, the language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. (available in the CASA office)

"Is There No Place on Earth for Me?” by Susan Sheehan

Sylvia Frumkin was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life. (available in the CASA office)

"The Broken Cord” by Michael Dorris

A skilled writer and expert on Native Americans tells the deeply moving story of his adopted son Abel, who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. (available in the CASA office)

"Lives on the Edge: Single Mothers and their Children in the Other America” by Valerie Polakow

Lives on the Edge offers a penetrating, deeply disturbing look into the other America inhabited by single mothers and their children. Its powerful and moving portraits force us to confront the poverty, destitution, and struggle for survival that await single mothers in one of the richest nations in the world. (available in the CASA office)

"Girlchild” by Tupelo Hassman

Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn’t got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she’s checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pours over its surreal advice (Uniforms, disposing of outgrown; The Right Use of Your Body; Finding Your Way When Lost) for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck, bar tender at the Truck Stop. (available in the CASA office)

"Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich

Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revolutionary firsthand account of life in low-wage America—the story of Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate—has become an essential part of the nation’s political discourse. (available in the CASA office)

"Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation” by Jonathan Kozol

Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s classic book on life and death in the South Bronx—the poorest urban neighborhood of the United States. He brings us into overcrowded schools, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested homes where families have been ravaged by depression and anxiety, drug-related violence, and the spread of AIDS. But he also introduces us to devoted and unselfish teachers, dedicated ministers, and—at the heart and center of the book—courageous and delightful children. (available in the CASA office)

"House of Secrets” by Lowell Cauffiel

House of Secrets is a story of tragedy and dark horrors. With terrifying detail, Lowell Cauffiel takes us into a shocking world of abuse, incest and family murder—a world ruled by a psychopath whose ability to manipulate his children produced one of the most sensational cases in true crime history. (available in the CASA office)

"Inside Kinship Care” edited by David Pitcher

This book is an in-depth look at what goes on ‘inside’ kinship care. It explores the dynamics and relationships between family members that are involved in kinship care, including mothers, grandparents, siblings and the wider family. (available in the CASA office)

"Talking With Children About Loss” by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

As much as we’d like to, we can’t shield our children from loss. But we can provide them with consolation, comfort, and constructive ways to deal with life’s sorrows—encouraging both strength and sensitivity and parenting the problems that can arise when feelings are denied or remain unresolved. (available in the CASA office)

"Trauma and Recovery” by Judith Herman, M.D.

Trauma and Recovery is a well written book surveying the recent history of psychological trauma over the past century beginning with hysteria, shell shock or combat neurosis and ending with sexual and domestic violence. (available in the CASA office)

"Advocating for Children in Foster Care and Kinship Care” by Mitchell Rosenwood & Beth N. Riley

This book is the first to provide strategies for effective advocacy and placement within the foster care and kinship care systems. It also takes a rare look at the dynamics of the foster and kinship relationship, not just among children and the agency workers and service providers who intervene on their behalf, but also between children and those who take in and care for them as permanency develops. (available in the CASA office)

"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law” by Peter W.D. Wright & Pamela Darr Wright

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law teaches you how to use the law as your sword and your shield. (available in the CASA office)

"Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy” by Pam Wright & Pete Wright

In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy , Pete and Pam Wright teach you how to plan, prepare, organize—and get quality special education services. (available in the CASA office)

"When Love is not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder” by Nancy L. Thomas

Nancy, an internationally known presenter, has trained thousands of parents in her powerful parenting methods. These methods are helping children to learn to be respectful, responsible, and fun to be with in homes across the world. (available in the CASA office)

"Beautiful Child" by Torey Hayden

This is the story of Venus Fox, a seven year old, "hopeless" girl, in silent pain. she never spoke, listened, or acknowledged even the presence of other humans. the novel follows the way Tory Hayden reaches out to this silent child and the way she is dedicated, patient, and loving to Venus Fox.

"The Tiger's Child" by Torey Hayden

As the sequel to Hayden's, One Child , this novel features Sheila, a mute and abused six year old. Sheila was abandoned by her mother and abused by her father at a young age, and became very troubled. She set fire to a smaller boy. This novel follows Sheila's relationship with Hayden years later, and exhibits the ways Sheila must transition into womanhood despite her difficult past.

"I Miss Mummy" by Cathy Glass

This book involves a young girl, Alice, that has been snatched away by her her mother, a drug dependent who is also mentally ill Alice's mother is desperate to keep her, but the police eventually find her. Alice stays with Cathy, a social worker, and quickly begins to miss her mother. The novel explores Alice's experiences with her mother, especially the night she "slept with wolves".

"Mummy Told Me Not to Tell" by Cathy Glass

Seven-year-old Reece was the last of six siblings to be taken into foster care. Cathy, Reece's foster carer, was about to unravel a truth about the reasons for his violent and aggressive behaviour- a truth more shocking than she'd ever imagined. 

BOOKS EXPRESSLY GEARED TO CHILDREN
"A Terrible Thing Happened” by Margaret M. Holmes
This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have
witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events. (available in the office)
"Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights” by Julie Nelson
A child’s family might change from a birth family to a foster family or an adoptive family. That kind of change can be hard on kids. They may believe that the change is their fault. They may worry about their birth parents, and they may wonder if they can trust the new adults in their life. This book can help children and families through this difficult change. (available in the office)
"Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care” by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright
This book addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns children in foster care 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 experiences, underscores the importance of open communication, and outlines a variety of ways to help children adjust to the "maybe days” and to thrive.
(available in the office)
"Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care” by Jan Levinson Gilman
Being a pup in foster care is awfully confusing. What’s Murphy to do when he’s taken away from his family and placed in a new home with new people, new pets, and….new everything. As he moves from one house to another, Murphy begins to understand all his sad and angry feelings and finds ways to cope. Eventually, he discovers what it means to be a "good luck” dog as he jumps and barks his way into a comfortable spot in his new home. An extensive note to parents discusses the emotional experience of children who are in foster care, and provides caregivers with information on how to help kid cope with the difficulties of being placed in multiple homes. (available in the office)
"Please Tell: A Child’s Story About Sexual Abuse” written and illustrated by Jessie
Nine year old Jessie’s story talks about being sexually abused by a relative. She lets other children know they are not alone, this it’s OK to talk about their feelings and that the abuse wasn’t their fault. (available in the office)
"A Family for Sammy” by Kate Gaynor
Five year old Sammy is afraid to go into foster care, but learns to adjust and accept his new family. (available in the office)
"Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care” by Julie Nelson
Written especially for kids, this book can help children prepare for, understand, and accept foster care. (available in the office)
From the Robbie the Rabbit Series: ( all books below available in the office)
"Meeting My CASA” by Adam Robe, MSW
"Moving to Another Foster Home” by Adam Robe, MSW
"Wanting to Belong” by Adam Robe, MSW
"Robbie’s Trail Through Foster Care: Activity Book” by Adam Robe, MSW
"Robbie’s Trail Through Foster Care: Adult Guide” by Adam Robe, MSW
"Robbie’s Trail Through Adoption: Activity Book” by Adam Robe, MSW
"Robbie’s Trail Through Adoption: Adult Guide” by Adam Robe, MSW
"That is No Joke!” by Thomas P. Loftus
This book teaches children the difference between a good joke and a bad one, why making fun of others is wrong, and why it’s our differences that make us special. (available in the CASA office)
"Poetry 4 Ya Mind!” edited by Lee H. White
A collection of poetry and artwork from foster youth. (available in the CASA office)
"Someone There for Me” foreword by Antwone Fisher; edited by National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
Someone There for Me tells the stories of these children and the people who helped them to navigate the foster care system and to build a future for themselves. (available in the CASA office)
"Lighting the Way” foreword by Anna Quindlen; edited by National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
Parents on the run from the law, stepparents who physically or sexually assault their children, teenagers who set fire to themselves and others: such are the tales of the abused and neglected child. Yet the 15 men and women featured in Lighting the Way discover that by speaking on behalf of abused children as court appointed volunteer advocates, they find their own voices as well…. (available in the CASA office)
"Just for Now: kids and the people of the court” by Kimberly Morris with the staff and volunteers of Child Advocates, Inc.
This book answers the many questions children have about child advocacy and the court services pertaining to a child in an entertaining story about an unforgettable group of foster kids who befriend each other and an abandoned stray named spud. (available in the CASA office)
"Horton Hears A Who!” by Dr. Seuss
You know what they say—the bigger the animal, the bigger its heart. And in Horton Hears a Who , we meet a kind-hearted elephant named Horton, who lives in the Jungle of Nool. Horton's a totally easygoing guy. He's open to all kinds of stuff, so when he hears a tiny voice calling out to him, he doesn't freak out. (available in the CASA office)
"When Mommy Got Hurt” by Ilene Lee & Kathy Sylwester
Is a simple, touching storybook that answers many of the questions children have about domestic violence. (available in the CASA office)
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