Author’s books explain foster care and adoption to children
10/7/2016, 6 a.m. | Updated on 10/6/2016, 2:30 p.m.
BALTIMORE Baltimore— Both parents and children will learn about the foster care system and how to adopt a foster child in author Blaque Diamond’s three-book series, “She Named Me Stacey,” “A Temporary Home for Stacey,” and “Stacey F., My Forever Mommy.”
Both a foster parent and a parent of adopted children, Diamond will sign and sell her books along with over 40 authors on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the 7th Annual African American Author's Expo and Multicultural Book Fair at Morgan State University, Student Center in Baltimore City.
With three biological children and having raised nine nieces and nephews, four of whom are now adults, two of whom she was granted custody and three of whom she adopted from the NYC foster care system, Diamond has first-hand experience with both the foster care and adoption procedures as well as working in the social world field. By using the character, Stacey F., Diamond utilizes her social work background and personal experience to give insight into what it’s like to parent, foster and adopt a child through the child welfare system.
“Having experienced the joys of being a foster mother and adopting children and also knowing the legal side of the foster care/adoption, I wrote this book in simple words so that both children and parents can understand,” Diamond said.
“I have long wished for a book that explains a child's journey through the foster care system to adoption, that was simple enough for a child to understand, but specific enough for a foster and adoptive parent to read to and with the child.
Author, Blaque Diamond, has done this brilliantly, in a three-book progression, that explains the journey from birth, to foster care, to adoption,” said Tami Morningstar, a 28-year veteran on the front lines of child welfare in Baltimore City.
She Named Me Stacey: The first book in her series, She Named Me Stacey offers a vivid representation of both timely and well-informed decisions made in the best interest of Stacey. Diamond shows how a mother’s decision can impact her child’s life as well as the life of others.
A Temporary Home for Stacey: The second book in the series, A Temporary Home for Stacey opens readers’ eyes to the process that foster child(ren) encounters to have one single, stable foster care placement. This book shares challenges and lesson-filled occurrences for foster parents, adoptive parents, and anyone wishing to parent.
Stacey F., My Forever Mommy: Stacey F. My Forever Mommy tells the story of Stacey as she transitions from a temporary family to her forever family. This book is tailor-made for families exploring foster care and adoption.