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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

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781615991181

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Foster care; Family member death; Kinship care; Mental Illness; foster family; foster home; foster child; death of a grandmother; grandmother raising grandson; anxiety; child suffering from anxiety; therapy

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

foster mother and father

Keywords

new experiences; new home; coping with death; coping mechanisms; social services; child protective services; baby

Diversity Impact

direct

Billy Had to Move: A Foster Care Story

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