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6 Books Every Foster Carer Needs to Read

6 Books every Foster Carer needs to read this World Book Day

We’ve found 6 Books every Foster Carer needs to read this World Book Day. We know being a foster carer is a very rewarding job. But it also comes with its fair share of challenges. One of the best ways to learn about the reality of fostering is from those who have experienced it. In addition, to the team at Foster Wales Torfaen providing extensive community support for all our carers. There are also a number of great outside resources – including plenty of books about foster care.

From insightful stories written by experienced carers, to moving first-hand accounts of former children looked after. We’ve rounded up our favourite 6 books every foster carer needs to read this world book day.

Too Scared to Cry by Maggie Hartley

6 books every Foster Carer needs to read


Maggie Hartley has worked as a foster carer in the UK for over twenty years. Fostering more than 300 children, Maggie specialises in caring for children who’ve suffered extreme trauma. She explores her experiences through her series of Foster Care Stories. ‘Too Scared to Cry’ includes three short stories. Including Maggie’s experience caring for a trio of siblings who enter the foster system so conditioned by past trauma that they dare not speak or cry.

A Terrible Secret by Cathy Glass

6 books every Foster Carer needs to read

Cathy Glass is a specialist foster carer who has been fostering children in the UK for twenty-five years. Her books chronicle her time looking after children with challenging behaviours. ‘A Terrible Secret’ is the story of one such child. 14-year-old Tilly is unable to cope with her stepfather’s abuse towards her mother and places herself into foster care. However, when Tilly comes to Cathy’s, Cathy is shocked by the lengths she must go to keep Tilly safe from her increasingly controlling stepfather.

Fifty-One Moves by Ben Ashcroft

6 books every Foster Carer needs to read

Fifty-One Moves is written by a former looked after child, Ben Ashcroft. Ben entered the foster care system at 9 years old. He moved fifty-one times over the course of his seven years in care. During his adolescence, he struggled with crime, drugs, and time spent in young offender’s institutions. Now a motivational speaker. Ben’s story is an inspirational account that offers great insight into the experience of a young person in foster care.

The Brightness of Stars: Stories of Adults Who Came Through the British Care System by Lisa Cherry

6 books every Foster Carer needs to read


A former looked after child, and now social worker Lisa Cherry brings together first-hand stories of what happens to foster children after they leave care. Focused on adult voices, ‘The Brightness of Stars’ offers valuable insights. It span’s five decades of lived experience in the foster care system.

A Child’s Journey Through Placement by Vera Fahlberg


This popular book offers information and advice for foster carers. How to help children most in need of support and stability. Vera Fahlberg, M.D., outlines the significance of attachment and separation. Taking readers through the developmental stages specific to adopted and foster children. Therefore, it is full of practical and compassionate advice. This is a great read for both current and prospective foster carers.

Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles by Miriam Silver


Looked after children often suffer from issues with attachment. For instance they can suffer from attachment and trauma, chronic stress, or anxiety. This book explains attachment in simple terms. Showing how carers can understand what a child’s behaviour is saying about how they are coping or feeling. Simple doodles support the text in explaining complex ideas, making this book a popular resource within the fostering community.

6 books every Foster Carer needs to read

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