Sunday, May 1, 2016

National Foster Care Month with Anne Garboczi Evans


Welcome Anne Garboczi Evans, to celebrate National Foster Care Month.
Anne, a licensed foster care provider, shares about two books that help anyone learn more about caring for those who need a safe and stable home.

Anne is offering an electronic copy of each of her books in a drawing from those who comment or share a story about how fostering has touched your life. Leave your email as well, please, to be entered. Thank you.

About the Books:

What's a Foster Family?
Alex's an only child who's used to having Mommy and Daddy all to himself. So when his parents start doing foster care and little Malik joins their home, Alex's not so sure he's happy about sharing.

Buy the Books:
$3.50 eBook
$9.50 Print

What's a Forever Family?
 Read an excerpt:

On Tuesday, Bonnie’s brothers arrived.
“We’re twins,” said Charlie.
“But I’m bigger,” said Harry.
“No, you’re not,” said Charlie. He punched Harry.
Harry whacked Charlie back.
“Don’t hit,” Alex told them.
They both stuck their tongues out at Alex. 

In this sequel to WHAT'S A FOSTER FAMILY?, elementary-school-aged Alex York is about to gain not one, not two, but three forever siblings. But becoming a forever family isn't quite as smooth a road as Alex envisioned.

$2.99 eBook
$9.99 Print

Anne, What do you love about this book?
As a licensed foster parent, it hurts my heart to read about how short on foster homes America is. While the goal of foster care is to reunify children, that does not always happen and America is even shorter on adoptive families for those children who do end up needing a forever home. At this very moment, there are over 100,000 children in America who are unable to return to their bio-family and are waiting for an adoptive family. Over twenty thousand of those children will age out this year without finding an adoptive home. My goal with this picture book series was to heighten the awareness of the needs of children in the foster care system and encourage both parents and children to learn more about the most at-risk children around us.

If fiction, introduce us to your most influential secondary character; non-fiction, share the journey to your theme.

What do you hope readers will tell others about the book when they’ve finished reading?

I hope that children reading this book will enjoy the story and start asking the question, "What is a foster family?" I hope they will take that knowledge they've learned and use it to be kinder and more sympathetic to the foster children they meet at school or in their neighborhoods. Children in foster care are more likely to encounter bullying in their schools than other children, so it's important to teach our children empathy.

What are you reading now?
 I'm actually in the middle of some counselor style books for continuing education as a counselor. One book about dialectic behavioral therapy for children with strong emotions has especially caught my interest. But as gripping as non-fiction can be, I'll always be a fiction lover at heart.

What’s next for you?
 My Love and Warfare series, Christian love stories set during the time of the early church is currently being released. I have quite a few other historical romance book proposals out there so we'll see what contracts I get. I'd really like to break into non-fiction as well and write about mental health issues and apologetics.

About Anne:
Anne Garboczi Evans is a mental health counselor, military spouse, and mama to an opinionated little preschooler named "Joe-Joe." Anne and her husband are licensed foster parents in the state of Colorado and Anne has worked with foster children, adopted children, and forever families in her day job as a counselor.

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