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Rosemary Zibart

Rosemary Zibart is a former foster parent, an adoptive parent and an award-winning children’s book author. Prior to writing books for young people, she was a journalist for PARADE and Time Magazine focusing on issues relating to at-risk youth, foster care and adoption and was named an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute. 

Told from a child’s point of view, KIT COYOTE: A BRAVE PUP validates the mixed feelings a child may experience in foster care and answers some of the tough questions children may wish to ask such as “Do my parents love me?" and “Why can’t I live with them?”. The book also promotes a sense of resilience and encourages children to express themselves to trusted adults in creative ways. Foster children usually have a lot new in their lives – foster parents, a CASA or court-appointed advocate, case workers, therapists, and possibly a new school. The imaginative illustrations depict animal characters including Kit, a coyote pup; social worker, Kathy Rabbit; foster mom, Rayna Fox, and therapist, Bruce Hedgehog in order to appeal to children and avoid stereotypes.

 “ Kit Coyote: A Brave Pup is a beautifully illustrated story that will be treasured by child therapists, social workers,  foster parents, recovering parents and others who help children heal and grow from family disruptions.”
— Deborah J. Tharinger, PhD Founding Member, Therapeutic Assessment Institute Author, “Therapeutic Stories for Children Generated from Psychological Assessments”

KIT COYOTE: A BRAVE PUP (Z Productions, ISBN 32 pages, ages 4-10)

Dr. John N. DeGarmo, Ed.D.

Dr. John DeGarmo has been a foster parent for 10 years, now, and he and his  wife have had over 40 children come through their home.  Dr. DeGarmo wrote his dissertation on fostering, entitled Responding to the Needs of Foster Children in Rural Schools. 

Children suffering from abuse. Neglect. Malnutrition. Even drug-related problems passed on from a mother’s addiction. Children rejected by those who were to love them most, their parents. When placed into a foster home, many of these children carry with them the physical and emotional scars that prevent them from accepting the love of another. This journey as a foster parent is the most difficult thing John DeGarmo has done.

Through the sleepless nights with drug-addicted babies, the battles with angry teens, and the tears from such tremendous sadness, John DeGarmo learns that to follow God’s call in his life means to take up His cross in his own home.

Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey is the true-life account of his experience as a foster parent, along with his wife and their own three children, as he followed God’s call to take foster children into his home. This is a story of heartbreak, sadness, and ultimately love as he came to find God in the tears and smiles of many foster children.

B. Bryan Post

Bryan Post, one of America's foremost child children "with whom nothing works". Most of these children "with whom nothing works". Most of children "with whom nothing works". Most of come from foster care, are adopted or come from foster care, are adopted or diagnosed (RAD, ODD, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Autistic Spectrum etc). He offers a uniquely different love based Family-Centered parenting paradigm and a radical new understanding of difficult children.

When children exhibit disturbing or difficult behaviors, we often feel at a we do? It can be very distressing, and many parents end up feeling there’s damaged. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

A Paradigm Shift

Our immediate tendency is to reject anything new. We’ve been taught to see children and their behaviors in a certain way, and change is never easy. You may find that these concepts are very different from your customary way of thinking. For this reason, they may be difficult for you to accept at first. What’s required is a paradigm shift — a new perspective.

Foster Care Alumni of America

Foster Care Alumni of America is a national non-profit association that has been founded and is led by alumni of the foster care system. We use the term alumni to describe those of us who have been in foster care during our childhood/youth.

“We wrote this book by asking ourselves, ‘what do I wish someone had told ME when I was 15, 18, 25?’ FLUX is our answer to that question. loved this book.” said Misty Stenslie, former deputy director of Foster Care Alumni of America.

“Unless you have actually lived the process of leaving foster care and trying to figure out how to be an ‘independent’ adult, you can’t really know what it is like.

For too many of us, learning how to care for ourselves and build our own lives is a messy process of trial and error. FLUX provides context to the emotions, challenges and opportunities in a very complicated transition. While it won’t make the process easy, it will help make some sense out of the journey.”

Rhonda Sciortino

At age 15 Rhonda decided to seek emancipation.  One of the prerequisites was that Rhonda have a job, so she went to work for the first person who would hire her– an insurance agent.  When her employer explained the concept of insurance, Rhonda learned everything she could about insurance. Despite being denied again and again, Rhonda repeatedly petitioned the Insurance Commissioner to allow her to sit for the insurance agent exam even though she wasn’t yet 18. An exception was finally granted, and Rhonda became California’s youngest licensed insurance agent at 17. 

Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through will help you see yourself in a way that you may never have before – as a skilled, talented, educated adult able to handle circumstances that would knock most people down and maybe out. Whatever adversity you’ve experienced is what qualifies you to fulfill your specific purpose. Order your copy now here. Every time a book is sold at www.rhonda.org, a book is provided to a current or former foster kid.

Sylvia Santos

S. T. Santos is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award for Muroc Unified School District in California. During her thirty years of teaching, she was blessed to have taught gifted, talented children—including some who lived in foster homes. Her goal is to teach everyone acceptance for who we are and where we come from. She is honored to have worked with dedicated teachers, and fantastic principals, who all placed children at the center of their hearts. Sylvia lives in California, has two grown children and seven grandchildren, and thoroughly cherishes the priceless moments they share.

MOM’S GONE...begins on the day that Frey’s mom doesn’t come home. Certain that she will return in a few days, Frey takes very good care of himself, makes food, goes to bed on time, and goes to school. But when his teacher realizes that Frey is living alone, she contacts Child Protective Services, who puts Frey into foster care.

First in the Foster Heroes Series, MOM'S GONE...takes you through Frey’s journey, and how he finally finds a home where he makes friends, and feels safe, until his mom can return home. First in the "Foster Heroes Series," MOM'S GONE... is followed by MY PARENTS MADE A MISTAKE, where Frey meets other foster kids. 

Shenandoah Chefalo

Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U, and a member of the Foster Leaders Movement. She is a sought after speaker on topics surrounding youth in foster care, and has been featured as a guest locally, nationally and internationally.

She is also a survivor and alumni of the foster care system. Shenandoah Chefalo is also the author of Garbage Bag Suitcase about her time before, during and after foster care as well as her current advocacy work. She also wrote an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals,and is also working on her next manuscript, Hiking for Stillness

Garbage Bag Suitcase is the true story of Shenandoah Chefalo’s wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother, she asked to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother? It turns out that this was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. With foster parents more interested in the income received by housing a foster child, Shen was once again neglected emotionally. The money she earned working at the local grocery store was taken by her foster parents to “cover her expenses.” When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one comes to visit her during her three week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world.