Another Mother

Foster parents are in great demand, but they are not necessarily treated well. We follow the author through the home visits, the Early Intervention evaluation, the WIC program that (with much bureaucratic hassle) provides free formula and cereal, and the mandatory parenting training sessions. Central to Another Mother is the issue of transracial placement. Gerstenzang remembers “That first day the contrast between my pale skin and Cecilia’s brown skin seemed glaring. Not only did I feel that I had someone else’s child, I felt that I had a child from another culture. Would I owe someone an explanation?” Her account is full of anecdotes and reflections about race: acceptance and prejudice from others; the feelings of her two children about having a sibling of a different race; and efforts to maintain links to the culture of the child’s origin.