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Children in foster care and adoption : a guide to bibliotherapy
Pardeck, John T.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
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x, 103 pages ; 25 cm
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RJ507.A36 P37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Bibliotherapy is a new and creative approach for helping children deal with both small problems and major life crises, such as placement in substitute care. Bibliotherapy literally means treatment through books. It is a process of intervention that involves the child as well as the helping person. Bibliotherapy is an approach that helps children through reading to more clearly understand the problems facing them and to develop solutions for solving problems. Bibliotherapy is particularly useful for children placed in foster care or adoption because it can be implemented by all helping persons working with the child welfare system. These persons include foster and adoptive parents, biological parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, clergy, and librarians.

Author Notes

JOHN T. PARDECK is on the faculty of the School of Social Work, Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author of Social Work Practice: An Ecological Approach (Auburn House, 1996), Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice (Greenwood Press, 1993), Technology and Human Productivity: Challenges for the Future (Quorum Press, 1986), et al.

JEAN A. PARDECK is a reading specialist for the Blue Hills Homes Corporation. She is the co-author of Young People with Problems: A Guide to Bibliotherapy (Greenwood Press, 1984). She has published extensively on the topic of bibliotherapy in academic and professional journals.

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Bibliotherapy has proven useful in helping people through a variety of life changes. The goal of this book is to help children in foster care or in the adoption process survive often confusing and stressful transitions. An informative overview of bibliotherapy and its clinical applications for such children is provided in chapters 1-3. Chapters 4-5 consist of annotated lists of books on foster care and adoption. The annotations, brief but descriptive, specify grade levels, preschool to junior high and above. This book is intended for adults who wish to help children by giving them books. Most of the titles were published in the 1980s and 1990s. Author, title, and subject indexes are provided. Subjects range from abandonment to withdrawal. Although other books are available to help children cope with separation and loss issues (e.g., Joanne E. Bernstein's Books to Help Children Cope with Separation and Loss, CH, Oct'89, 4th ed., 1993; 1983; and Martha C. Grindler's The Right Book, the Right Time, 1997), this unique source is written with a specific audience in mind. It will be useful to social workers, parents, teachers, and librarians who need to know about books that should be readily available for children coping with foster care or adoption. D. J. Turner; Auraria Library

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. An Overview of Bibliotherapyp. 1
2. Bibliotherapy: Clinical Applications with Children in Foster Care and Adoptionp. 29
3. Foster Care and Adoptionp. 49
4. Books on Foster Carep. 61
5. Books on Adoptionp. 73
Author Indexp. 93
Title Indexp. 97
Subject Indexp. 101