Children's Books for Special Needs: Adoption and Fostering

Barnardos, Fingal County Libraries. (2010). Children's Books for Special Needs: Adoption and Fostering.
As the child gets older, it is sometimes hard to know when to give more detailed, perhaps more painful information. Parents sometimes say, "But he never asks!" However, we know from talking to older adopted or fostered children that the initiative really is with the parents. Sometimes, children sense that discussing their birth backgrounds is an anxious area for their parents and they can avoid asking questions because of this. A very good starting point could be to interest the child in a book with a central theme relevant to their story and to talk about it together. This could be a starting point to help the child express questions and worries about their own situation.