Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing the Termination of Parental Rights" by Julie Nelson gently and honestly reassures young people with grown-up worries that they are not to blame for family changes. Written for children and their caregivers to read together, "Families Change" sends a hopeful message using simple, direct language that doesn't gloss over painful facts.
Sometimes, when parents can't care for their children the way they ought to — due to drug abuse, illness, lack of parental attachment, or incarceration — or if a child is being abused, neglected or shuffled from residence to residence, children are confronted with a big change in their family. It's natural for kids who are facing termination of parental rights to have questions about their new situation and to wonder if they are to blame for what has happened.
All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it's not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.