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Fostering - Our Story: The reality of living with foster children by [Nash, P.A]
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Fostering - Our Story: The reality of living with foster children Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014FPU7I0
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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I was so disappointed by this "book". This man and his wife were clearly just in it for the money, no matter how many times he tried to protest it. As a social worker I am horrified by this sad and bitter tirade. I am sure that the fostering agency he worked for, and the children he cared for, are better off without him and his vile ideas. Foster children have been through horrific experiences and this man describes them as not even human. It is despicable. Do not read this sad and poorly written excuse for a "book" if you are considering fostering, it is not a true representation of what it is like at all.
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Clearly these are the rankings of a madman. I've fostered for 18 years and have never encountered such negativity as I have when reading this 'book'
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I am currently half way through reading this book and cannot believe the utter rubbish that is written! How did you and your family ever foster, with your prejudiced views and opinions?The way you generalise about children in care and belittle them is shameful and disgusting. Once I have finished reading this garbage, (if I manage to put up with the drivel), I will share some of the notes I have made, due to being so infuriated at your self-indulgent, prejudice, as well as finish this review.
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Everyone should be able to express their own personal experience, and this book is merely an account of their personal experience as the title suggests. It doesn't claim everyone will have the same experience as them. Only that it could be possible you may have a bad experience and to be mindful of the fact. I would take it as a warning to ensure that you prepare yourself sufficiently, emotionally and practically. I have heard of/ known some people who have had only positive good experiences , some mixed, some bad. It depends on so many factors. How well you are matched , how much support you have, your relationship with your social worker, your expectations, your chemistry with the children in your care etc. It is a book to be taken in perspective alongside other books available of which everyone has a different account of their experience. It sounds like they had a very difficult time and their expectations were not managed realistically. It is well written , the writer doesn't claim to be a professional writer. (Although there are times they write as if they are and then their writing style seems to deteriorate/appear haphazard as if to hide the fact they are a writer and don't want to be found out by someone being able to detect their writing style.) They come across as an intelligent person who engages you well enough with recounting their story. A story of a person who has unfortunately had a negative time. My experience is that social workers I have come into contact with (in 3 areas) have always behaved with the utmost professionalism, careful to stress that their children 'can' be extremely challenging. With extreme disturbed behaviour. They have given me the worst case scenarios and have told me how extremely demanding it can be in every sense. But that it 'can ' be incredibly rewarding.Read more ›
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We have done 5 weeks as a foster carer with an agency and brought this for our professional development. What a miserable rant - we didnt learn anything apart from the fact that this * author* disliked and distrusted his agency. Where were the hints about how to deal with or support the issues with the child or his support team ? We had hoped for new knowledge in the early stages of our career and this chap seemed to be on a mission to point out that actually - give up - you won t manage!
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This book is not worth wasting a penny on! I am a foster parent and work for an independent organisation and enjoy what I do. I am well supported in my role. I feel that this book is a skewed, biased load of rubbish that has been written by someone who is clearly bitter and probably needs counselling! don't buy it and don't be put off fostering by it!
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What a disappointing book. Clearly this man's 'humanity' doesn't stretch to the vulnerable young people that must have had the misfortune to have lived with him. This book appears to be nothing but a bitter rant against an IFA as opposed to a true reflection of fostering. Fostering is a much better place without people like this!!!
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