If you are a foster family --- licensed, certified, or approved by a child welfare agency to take care of children when their birth parents cannot - then this little treasure is a must-read for you and the children in your family who are born to you. "But Mommy, Our Last Name Isn't Foster" explains the feelings behind the words that help children understand a unique way of being a family --- a foster family. With warm words and poignant pictures, Dr. Williams' uses her lived experience to shine a sensitive light on this unique way of being a family. "Our last name isn't foster...." is a must-share for all families planning to or currently fostering. -- Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW, Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach and proud foster and adoptive parent.
Author, Eshele Williams holds a Doctorate of Psychology, in Organizational Management and Consulting and a License in Marriage Family Child Counseling (LMFT). As Consultant, Curriculum Developer, Trainer, Educator, and Psychotherapist working in the field of social services for over 15 years she has dedicated her career to supporting children, families and organizations in multiple capacities. Her personal history, research, studies and career have informed the field. Dr. Williams brings a unique perspective to this book as the birth child of foster, kinship, and adoptive parents for almost 32 years and being raised in informal kinship care.
Note from the author: Throughout the years foster parents have struggled to articulate to their children and family members their choice, calling, purpose, and the overall need for foster care. I know this struggle all to well because this is where my parents found themselves many times. This book is my “WORK OF HEART” to assist my parents and other parents like them with having the candid, courageous, caring, collaborative, challenging, conversation about being a foster family.