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Billy Had To Move: A Foster Care Story
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.
Therapists' Acclaim for Billy Had To Move
"This gem of a book gently frames the stages of a child's natural quest to make
sense of his story. Fraser has created more than a teaching story: she generously
offers a sacred space that compassionately holds and supports the multidimensional
realities of our foster children and their birth families, our social workers and
foster families, our teachers and child psychotherapists."
--Gisela Schubach De Domenico, PhD, MFT, R-PTS
"Billy Had To Move is a profound story about the complex issues children in foster
care often face. Fraser provides important lessons for caregivers. The book
gracefully introduces the sandtray and provides insight into how powerful the experience
can be when the child has an opportunity to explore their trauma in the
--Mark E. Hulbert, MA, LLP
"A wonderful addition to the bibliotherapy field. This is a much-needed book for
foster care children to help them in adjusting to a new caregiver and placement. It
offers a welcoming view of how children's worries and losses can be understood
by a caring Play Therapist, in a warm and inviting setting."
--Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S; Director of Clinical Training,
The Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, NY
"In this engaging, warm-hearted story, Billy grieving the loss of his grandmother,
finds a way to heal by expressing his thoughts and feelings in Play Therapy.
--Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S
Director Emeritus, The Association for Play Therapy
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From the Growing With Love series at Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Orphans & Foster Homes