Gabrielle Israelievitch has masterfully portrayed the complexities of family, government and interpersonal dynamics as she explores the often uncomfortable world of child abuse, foster care and adoption in "Where's Home?" Through the journey of Littleprints, a kitten born into a crowded and unstable family, she has created an epic, yet simple story that will resonate with children and adults on a similar path. I highly recommend this story to professionals, therapists, foster and adoptive parents, and of course, those children who, through no fault of their own, must navigate the frightening and lonely world of family violence and separation. In their hands, "Where's Home?" will provide a substantial measure of comfort. — RITA L. SORONEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION
During childhood, almost every child will know another child who lives in a place other than
the home where he was born. Perhaps there was a divorce. Perhaps the family moved. Perhaps, even,
there was violence, drug or alcohol abuse, child neglect or child abuse, that forced outside authorities
to come and take the youngster away. Gabrielle Israelievitch gives us a storybook about this kind of “taken away” child, couched in
the metaphorical terms of kittenhood. The book and its wonderful illustrations spark empathy from
non-traumatized youngsters, teaching them kindness, understanding and care for peers. It sparks context
and correction in traumatized or neglected kids, helping them come to grips with their own
like stories. In all of us—the parent who reads to a child, the professional who works with a child,
or the child himself, whatever the circumstances—it gives a huge dose of hope.
I liked it a lot! — LENORE C. TERR, MD,
CHILD TRAUMA SPECIALIST / AUTHOR, MAGICAL MOMENTS OF CHANGE
“Where’s Home?” is about a special kitten and his simple and complex, gentle and profound
story. It is a story for children (and their parents) who have experienced sadness and loss, fear and
confusion. It is also a story of hope—of movements toward a safe and joyful life that may be attained
through the resourcefulness of the mind and the comfort of special others.
I strongly recommend this book for foster and adopted children and those who care for them.
— DANIEL HUGHES, PhD,
CHILD TRAUMA & ATTACHMENT SPECIALIST / AUTHOR, BUILDING THE BONDS OF ATTACHMENT