Other People’s Children

A journey about becoming the mother to more than forty children!

Robin,  a mid-thirties woman, has all the answers on proper parenting.  It doesn’t take long, however, for Robin to realize that her perfect parenting ideas and reality often collide as she is thrust into the roles of step-mother, adoptive mother, and foster mother.

As Robin navigates the unchartered waters of motherhood, she is forced to deal with the baggage, idiosyncrasies, unique personalities, and special gifts of each child who crosses her path.  In the process, she discovers that not only is there is no “one size fits all” method of parenting, but that God does, indeed, does have a sense of humor.

In spite of the challenges she and her husband, James, face, they are determined to become the children’s strongest advocates in a flawed system which often fails the very victims it is designed to protect.

The journey is often frustrating and heartbreaking, but these foster parents are resolved that for whatever time they have children in their care, the children will know they are safe, protected, and loved by God, as well as their foster parents.

Other People’s Children is the heartwarming, fictional account based on the author’s experience as a foster, adoptive, and step-mother.

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  • Publisher : eLectio Publishing, LLC (October 30, 2017)
  • ASIN : B0771SV7VW
  • Publication Date : October 30, 2017
  • Print Length : 241 pages


Becky Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious Yet Heartbreaking!
August 11, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading this book, I really can NOT understand why this book isn’t flying off the shelf and doesn’t already have over 100 reviews! I can’t even begin to say how much I enjoyed this book and how hard I laughed, especially through the first couple of chapters, but even throughout the rest of the book. This book is a humorous way of looking at the frustrations, inconveniences, stress, sometimes helplessness, and exhaustion of raising children. But then it is multiplied way out of proportion for foster parents who are thwarted by ineffective, useless rules, and ignorant bureaucracy. Some of the problems & situations are heartbreaking. I love this quote: “Our faith is not just a hobby and our church is not just a club we belong to. It is the very essence of who we are and what we believe to be the one and only true way to God.” And this quote brought tears to my eyes: “As she sat, physically and mentally exhausted, a still, small voice whispered in her heart, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ ” I can easily & highly recommend this book to anyone!

David Fannon
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilariously realistic … and sadly, quite true.
March 5, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Ellen, thank you for your hilarity and your honesty! Those who give their hearts and lives to become foster parents are really putting themselves on the line with other people’s children. I have learned as a “foster grandma” that we have to guard our hearts knowing that, while we do love the little ones who come into our lives, they are very likely to leave us to return to a still-broken home with incredibly inept and sometimes dangerous parents. It is the foster care system (courts, mostly) that is the problem. Thank you for writing this wonderful story of heartache … and love! Tell “James” we said “Hi!”.

Nancylee Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great book
August 10, 2018
Format: Paperback
Excellent read. Well written. Hard to put down. I would like to read other books from this author.

Pam Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great read and a must read for anyone considering fostering …
February 17, 2018
Format: Paperback
Great read and a must read for anyone considering fostering children. Portrays the heart and everyday trials of foster parenting and “the system”.