Helping Children Understand the Foster Care System

Our Clinical Supervisor and Therapist, Nicole Schryer, LPCC-S, ATR read her book Addy’s Journey to her Forever Home to a group of volunteers from CASA for Kids Of Geauga County. This story was created to help children in the foster/adopted system provide normalcy and hope for a brighter future. The story is about a 7-year-old girl (Addy) who is also a Porcupine that is removed from her home due to neglect. She goes through various foster homes, some terrible and some just leaving her more alone. As the story goes on you can see her spikes begin to form as she experiences more and more trauma. She ends up at her final foster home that happens to be armadillos. They are hard on the outside to withstand her spikes, but soft on the inside to warm and comfort Addy. They then bring her to therapy where colors more than brown begin to shine. Addy goes through many homes and experiences trauma and loss in so many different ways. However, it is a story that provides resiliency in the face of adversity, and love when it’s hard to see.

Addy’s Journey to her Forever Home is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards(R) (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

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