Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care


People tell me I’m no different than any other Tibetan Terrier, but somehow I must be different because I’ve had three homes.

Being a pup in foster care is awfully confusing. What’s Murphy do when he’s taken away from his family and placed in a new home, with new people, new pets, and…new EVERYTHING?!

As he moves from one house to another, Murphy begins to understand all his sad and angry feelings and finds ways to cope. Eventually, he discovers what it means to be a “good luck” dog as he jumps and barks his way into a comfortable spot in his new home.

An extensive Note to Parents, written by author Jan Levinson Gilman, PhD, discusses the emotional experience of children who are in foster care, and provides caregivers with information on how to help kids cope with the difficulties of being placed in multiple homes.

Author Bio:

Dr. Jan Gilman has a BA from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She is a Clinical Psychologist living in Santa Rosa, California and has spent thirty years working with children and families. She combines her experience working with the adoption and foster care community with her lifelong love of animals in writing this metaphorical story about her real dog, Murphy. Dr. Gilman is married. She has two grown children and two grandchildren.


iParenting Media Award Winner!

This is a great book for children pre-K to second grade…darling lovable Murphy will help foster children acknowledge their experiences, unburden guilt, and feel better about themselves – ForeWord Magazine

Soft cover (Picture book)

Age range 4 – 8

Full Colour

32 Page