Published: 15/10/2017
ISBN: 9781788035651
Format: Paperback

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A Baby Moves in with Leroy and Patsy
by Carol Platteuw

This book tells the story of Leroy and Patsy. Leroy and Patsy’s birth parents abused drugs, Leroy had to take care of his sister to make sure she was safe. The children are placed with foster carers and then placed with adoptive parents. Their birth parents then have another baby who joins their adoptive family.

When they discuss this with their friends they discover that sometimes siblings are separated into different families. This book explores how if an older sibling has to take on the role of looking out for a younger sibling - how difficult it is to give that role up and trust adults again. The book also explores how children question why birth parents cannot overcome addiction and the many difficult feelings this evokes in them. Finally the book explores how it is not always possible for siblings who are removed from birth families to stay together.

The book can be read to children by their parent or by a professional working with them. Guidance notes are provided to assist the reader in exploring some of the issues within the book further. The books in the series can be read together to help children make sense of difficult situations These charming books are beautifully illustrated by Nicky Armstrong.

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