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Reviewed by Gordon D. Durich for Readers' Favorite
I Was A Foster Carer is an insightful and very informative book in many ways. The stories of Adrian Hawkes’s and his wife’s experiences of child fostering are told in a light-hearted and fascinating way. From the child’s best interests in mind and at heart, the book covers the role of social workers and their plight. It also addresses the complex social pedagogy system in the United Kingdom but compares this with other countries, such as Finland. In this way, it is a universal issue and a highly complex one.
Some countries actually have no social services to speak of, as Hawkes points out, which is very significant in the “big picture” of child foster care. His volume points out the continual pressing need for foster carers everywhere, and the common misconceptions about becoming one. Hawkes's many experiences with both birth and foster parenting make for a helpful and objective read.
Having always considered the prospect of becoming a foster parent myself, I read I Was A Foster Carer with much dedication. It reinforced my interest in becoming a foster carer and helped me decide to take on this meaningful and valuable societal and personal role. I am going to be working with foster children in the near future, so this was a very useful book. I Was A Foster Carer is a manual for this life's work. Thank you to the author for writing this book.