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Billy had to Move: A Foster Care Story

Title

Billy had to Move: A Foster Care Story

Illustrator

Alex Walton

Publisher

Loving Healing Press

Pages

28 pages

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781615991181

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationship; Foster care; foster family; foster home

Annotation

Child Protection Services have been involved with Billy and his mother for some time now. He has been happily settled in a kinship placement with his grandmother and enjoys his pet cat, interacting with neighbors and even taking piano lessons. As the story unfolds, Billy's grandmother has unexpectedly passed away and so the story of Billy Had To Move begins. Unfortunately, Billy's mother cannot be located. Mr. Murphy, Billy's social worker, places him in the foster home of Amy, Tim, and their baby "Colly." Billy experiences great loss resulting not only from his grandmother's death, but also the loss of the life he knew. Billy's inner journey therefore has also begun and with the help of Ms. Woods, a Play Therapist, there is hope.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Family Formation

foster mother and father

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

new experiences; anxiety; coping with death

Item Type

Fiction

Format

picturebook

Billy had to Move: A Foster Care Story

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