Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 45 user ratings

" Good book about the mixed up feelings kids can have when they are in foster care. " said.

" This children's book is really sensitive to the needs of kids in foster care. An important resource for having conversations. " said.

" A very good book for children aged about 5-10 in foster care. " said.

" I recently purchased this book and I'm excited to use it as a resource with my foster kiddos. It speaks frankly about many topics that a child may be pondering that has just come into Foster Care and provides a great platform for open discussion about their thoughts, worries, and fears. " said.

" This is a very good book that explains the frustration and impatience of a child being in a position of waiting and waiting and getting 'maybe' as answers to all the important questions and then waiting some more. I read it to kids I talk with at work to help them understand some of what is going on with their lives. " said.

" A great book about the frustrations children can feel in foster care, where every question they ask about their future ends up with the answer "Maybe."A good depiction of the different roles of adults involved in helping kids and families (social worker, judge, lawyer, counselor, foster parents, etc.) Reinforces that a child's job is to be himself and to learn and grow regardless of what all the adults are trying to figure out. " said.

" This is such an important book! It takes a very heavy subject and breaks it down into its simplest terms so that kids can understand what they are feeling and how foster care works. I love the discussion on the "big feelings" that kids in foster care have and how it's okay to feel conflicting emotions all at the same time. I also love the discussion on the different roles that the adults have in foster care and that it's the kid's job just to be a KID. So grateful for this book! " said.

"This is a book I think I need to own. It would be a good one to read to younger kids (with some text adjustments) and to have around to either read to the slightly older kids or to let them discover on their own. It talks about the frustrations and confusions of living in foster care and having all the answers from grown-ups be "maybe."

I think it's also a good book for other adults and family members around the kids to be reading too. It clearly and succinctly illustrates a lot of the conflict and confusion a foster child might be experiencing beyond the obvious. Food, for example, can be a really big deal, and on one page is an illustration of 5 people eating around a table. They each have a different lunch box and different contents from your standard PBJ to sushi, and the accompanying text reads:

Sometimes kids and foster parents do a lot of things the same way already. Sometimes there are new things that can be fun and exciting.

Sometimes there is a lot to get used to.
And there is always something to get used to.

The best thing about this title is that it validates a lot of confusing feelings the kids might be experiencing, and feelings which might even be causing them guilt. Kind of like living with your foster family? That's ok. Don't want to call them mom or dad? That's ok too. Want to keep it a secret that you're in foster care? Want to shout it from the rooftops? It's all ok. I think it's one thing to hear this from your caseworker, therapist, or parents (either foster or birth), but it's another thing entirely to have it in print in a book. It lends it some validity that can be missing for some kids in a one-on-one interaction. " said.

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