Book Review - Raising Other People's Kids
A Guide for Houseparents, Foster Parents, and Direct Care Staff

By: M. C. Camerer, Ed.D. & Emerson Capps, Ed.D.

Disclaimer: This book review is my opinion of the book. If you have a different opinion of the book that is great. I know I have loved several movies and books that other reviewers have not liked and disliked movies and books that receive great reviews. I think we all have. If you would like to submit your own review, I may consider posting it. Thanks.

This is one of the few modern books written specifically for houseparents and other residential care staff.  Many of the illustrations in the book are from the authors experience as a houseparent with the remainder from her experience as a teacher/Professor.  That is one of the highlights of the book.

To me the best part of the book was the second to last chapter titled "Advice from Houseparents"  This chapter was a collection of quotations from houseparents around the country on various topics related to being a houseparent and residential care provider.  Most of it is the very same information you can get here but it is condensed.

For me the down side of the book was the page after page of child development theory from researchers such as Erik Erikson (the Son-in-Law of Sigmund Freud), Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, etc. along with explanations for terms like: perceptual centration, egocentrism, Schemata, Assimilation, accommodation, etc.  I am probably going to have to read it one or two more times to truly grasp the Child Psychology 101 concepts.

I realize that information is important but I much prefer the way other authors (Applestein & Harris) are able to describe in a more practical way.

In spite of that I recommend it to all Houseparents and Residential Childcare Providers.  There is some valuable information to be gleaned from it.

Amazon.com has a detailed description as well as several pages from the book to include the Table of Contents, Introduction and most of chapter 2 that you can preview.

The book is published by Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, IL.  Copyright 1995.  It is only  available in soft cover and is 175 pages long. 

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