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The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home

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The Foster Parenting Manual is a comprehensive guide offering proven, friendly advice for novice and experienced parents alike.

Distilling many years' experience into one book, John DeGarmo combines his own wisdom with that of fellow foster parents. He describes what to expect from the process, how to access help and how to ensure the best care for your child. He tackles th
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 28th 2013 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 27, 2014 Jodi rated it it was ok
This would have been a great book for us before we started fostering. Ten almost eleven months later, not so much. Partly because it could have come straight from our training materials. It was incredibly impersonal. DeGarmo is a foster parent but he shares nothing of his own experiences or even his own feelings. And partly, because I am an angry foster parent. I am upset how foster parents are treated. I am upset that the bar for us is set so high and so low for the birth parents. I am upset th ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
I found it EXTREMELY distracting that the authors chose to write the entire book in he/him (third person singular gendered) instead of they (third person singular gender-neutral). Overall the information seems to cover the basics however.
Feb 08, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent overview for those considering foster care or those newly certified. The title covers a lot of the nuts and bolts of foster care, the types of things that we wondered about even after finishing the training and certification process. What are visitations like? What is it really like to work with the caseworker, the coordinator, the GAL and the family? How much paperwork do they mean when they say we have to document it all? (spoiler alert: forests of paperwork is what t ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I thought this book was informative without being preachy or boring. Degarmo does an excellent job of sharing the wealth of knowledge he has gathered as a foster parent for two decades without making the reader feel like his way of doing things is the only way. Halfway through the book I told my husband that I wanted to buy it just so I could take a highlighter to it, because there is such much good information.

Degarmo doesn't go deep into the various mental health issues that a foster child oft
Jun 06, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
I was wondering if this author also wrote or guided the information that is included in the foster care folder that is shared in the foster care training program as it lines up so well. I appreciated that it touched on effects on your biological children whereas the training doesn't dare to approach that subject. Overall it seems like it is a helpful book written with love about some of the practical and heart issues involved in being a foster parent.
Jul 01, 2014 April rated it it was amazing
Very informative, great book on preparing yourself and your home to be a foster parent. I loved the stories and the practical sets of questions it included. This is a must-read for any foster parent!
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Oct 31, 2015 Tarah Fedenia rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive and helpful
Oct 15, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
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This book was easy to read, containing a lot of good information and advice. I would advise it for anyone who is thinking about doing foster care or just wanting a better understanding of all involved. For those who are already taking the required DHS foster parent training, the book doesn't have a lot of new information.
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Born in 1969, Dr. John DeGarmo has worn many hats throughout his life. Singing and dancing while touring around the world in the international super group, Up With People, serving as a D.J. at four different radio stations on two different continents, working in the professional wrestling industry, teaching English and Drama at the high school level, and working as a media specialist at two differ ...more
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