Books

I Speak for this Child True Stories of a Child Advocate


by Gay Courter
Since 1989, novelist Courter (The Midwife's Advice, LJ September 1, 1992) has served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem, a court-appointed guardian for children involved in custody battles or child abuse cases. She has worked on more than a dozen cases, privy to the children's wishes as she challenged state agencies, caseworkers, foster parents, and courts to seek her charges' "best interests." This book offers to the public her unique, insider's view of child advocacy in America.

Through engaging and true stories of several children with abusive parents, Courter suggests that a child's primary need is "a permanent, safe, nurturing environment." She views the legal, bureaucratic, and emotional issues involved through the eyes of the children, vividly recounting their tumultuous placements in foster homes, humiliating court cases, heartbreaking separation from parents, and personal conversations. Her book will interest all who are concerned with the social health of American communities and will be particularly useful to students of law, public administration, and social work.

This book is a part of the CASA library and can be borrowed by coming down and visiting!

Helping Children Cope with Separation & Loss


by Claudia Jewett Jarratt
A valuable tool for both family members and helping professionals. Here is a compassionate, practical book for any adult who wants to help a child recover from the stages of denial and mourning that can follow the loss of a loved one.

This is a book of warmth and wisdom, a resource for all caregivers to children in time of sorrow. This is a valuable tool in helping children cope with the grief involved in losing their families through foster care, and adoption.

This book is a part of the CASA library and can be borrowed by coming down and visiting!