-Importance of motherhood and care-giving through affective relationships with foster children
-Women's healing and transformative work with children through foster mother/child relationship
-The creation of enduring kinship relationships with foster children through affective claims of belonging
-Importance of women's embodied knowledge relative to work of foster mothering
-Experience of loss and bereavement
-The way in which fostering relationships and women's sense of mothering is conditioned by conflicts with the state
I found this a fascinating book, with lots of quoted sections. However a sometimes clinical approach made for slow reading, personally.
This book gave me food for thought as I work on a memoir of Dorothy and Manuel Perez, who were foster parents for 45 years for 94 children. They had four sons of their own, adopted two daughters and a son.
Do you know a foster mom or are you one? Do any of these themes ring true for you?