Book Review: Welcome to the Roller Coaster
May is National Foster Care Month. Get to know the many faces of foster care. #FosterCareMonth
To kick off National Foster Care Month, I have a treat for you! Have you ever wished for a secret window into the real lives of foster parents? Maybe just a little peephole into their inner thoughts and feelings? How about a no-holds-barred-tell-it-like-it-really-is account of the roller coaster that is foster parenting? I thought so, and you’re in luck!!
I received a complimentary copy of Welcome to the Roller Coaster to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
Fourteen foster moms, who have fostered a combined total of over 135 children, decided it was time for the world to see a real picture of foster parenting – the joy, the heartbreak, the frustration, the fact that we don’t live in a Lifetime Movie….
I have the privilege of knowing a few of these women personally, and I have to say – they have really outdone themselves. Welcome to the Roller Coaster is a candid, unapologetic collection of stories straight from the hearts of real foster moms.
If you are a foster parent, or know a foster parent, or have thought about becoming a foster parent, or even just wondered if Ms. Hannigan is the real-deal, this book is for you.
From the first call for placement, to reunification, to a child moving to an adoptive placement, Welcome to the Roller Coaster covers the gamut of foster care realities and of foster parents’ emotions.
I was astonished by the openness and honesty of these moms, who laid their triumphs and struggles bare in their quest to not only show non-foster parents what this life truly looks like, but also to assure other foster parents that they are not alone on this wild ride.