Books by Ken Marteney

This pocket-guide offers easy tips, which are often overlooked, for success in the foster care system and beyond. Drawing on his past experiences as a system kid, Mr. Marteney, offers insightful advice on how a few simple actions can have a huge impact on a foster child’s experience in the system.

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Drawing on his experiences growing up in foster care, Mr. Marteney invites us to try a different approach to foster parenting. Parent and Coach are two defined roles that kids are familiar with and that coexist in our society. The key to the coach approach is to step into the role of coach and not try to replace the parent. When we do this, no boundaries are crossed and a child is free to respect both roles without feeling guilt. This sets the child up for success and makes them more open to learning the skills they need to be a winner in the game of life.

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Ken Marteney offers a quirky collection of stories on food, fun and foster care. It’s funny, inspiring, a little sad at times, and may cause random outbursts of laughter. It’s like Dr. Seuss on meds.

And for you irresponsible readers, Mr. Marteney has this to say, “The reenactment of these stories should not be attempted on your own or in a home, but they can be told over the phone. Don’t do what I did!”

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This rhyming picture book tells the tale of two frog friends that learn an important life lesson while visiting a farm. Features colorful images and simple rhythmic text. Great for read-alouds, bedtime or beginning readers.

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