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SANTA ROSA, CA, April 26, 2017 (inVision Communications) Keri Vellis, an experienced Foster Parent in Sonoma County, has written an engaging children’s book to comfort foster kids who are displaced from their homes. Keri’s goal is to help children who are transitioning to another home feel good about themselves, and understand that there can be loving people around them as well as happiness in their lives.
“I always enjoy reading to my kids, but was surprised to find that local bookstores and libraries did not have age appropriate and engaging books focusing on the experience of being displaced and moving to an unfamiliar environment.” This is when Keri decided to write Sometimes. When she read it to her little ones, they immediately related to the story and encouraged her to make it an actual book.
Keri knew she needed to find an illustrator who could convey the emotions and tone of her story with lively and colorful art. She was introduced to illustrator Jin Lehr, who happened to be a one-time foster child herself. Having aged out of the system, Jin understood the emotions of what Keri had written because she had gone through it as a child. The main character starts the journey timidly clutching a teddy bear in new surroundings. While experiencing positive family activities the child finds happiness and releases the fear, as well as the bear.
As the project took hold, Keri had a website developed and created a “Donate to a Foster Child” option for purchase. “I would love to have this book available in each Blue Bag that goes with the foster child to their new home, so I wanted to offer an option to purchase a book as a donation. I will personally get it to our local agencies that fulfill these bags,” Keri stated. Keri is self-publishing the first title. Books will be released in June and are available for pre-order now at her website, www.kerivellis.com.
Keri and her husband are passionate and involved parents of six children: three biological and three adopted through the foster care system. She has three more books in the works all geared to identify with and comfort children who have experienced difficult situations.
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