A Child at Heart
The story of a foster-child
by Chris Baxter

Available now, this is a powerful human-interest story of the sudden arrival of Marie, a highly spirited five-year-old for 'just a few weeks' in the midst of the well-ordered life of the author and his wife. The 'few weeks' stretched into months, then years. Meanwhile, almost imperceptibly, things were changing. Then, suddenly, after three years, Marie was adopted in another part of the State and it was time to start pickingup the pieces. The book includes an extensive directory of foster-care contacts and resources.

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Book details:

200 pages
Format: 200 x 130 mm
8 pages of outstanding colour photos
10 pages of Marie's original letters and drawings in b&w
Printed in Australia
ISBN: 978-0-9805264-0-0 (pbk)

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Praise for
A Child at Heart

By the end of the first chapter I was spellbound and, like the Baxters' cat, terrified. But this story of a tantalising little girl, who came for a 'short stay', is as endearing as it is turbulent!
Senator Bob Brown

Chris Baxter had led an adventurous life; in the mountains, in business and no less so in his home life, as this moving story reveals. It is an antidote for a society afraid to love.
Dick Smith AO

A Child at Heart paints a sharp, sometimes breathtaking picture of the challenges and joys of foster-parents and foster-child. It’s both a moving story and one that quietly demonstrates why greater support for foster-families is urgently needed.
Joan Kirner AM, former Premier of Victoria

Foster-parenting may be seen as a ride on the wild side but Chris and Sue Baxter show us what an amazing ride it can be! Their story is both authentic and heart-warming.
Tim Costello AO, CEO World Vision Australia

Chris Baxter catches beautifully the journey of becoming a family through foster care.
His story made me laugh and made me cry; it’s raw, it's honest, and the pain, joy and irrepressible spirit of a five-year-old girl held me captive. A must read for any parent, carer or child-care professional.
Robyn Miller, Principal Practitioner, Child Protection & Family Services Branch,
Department of Human Services Victoria

…a personal and moving account of a great adventure that the author and his wife Sue, both experienced rockclimbers and wilderness walkers, were taken on when they invited five-year-old Marie into their home. The adventure opened their hearts and minds in all kinds of unexpected ways.
Bob Sharples, author, psychologist and counsellor

Self-help books tell us that ‘only you can change your life’, but God likes to send us presents. Marie’s arrival disrupted the author and his wife’s ordered and comfortable life; it would change their lives for ever.
Michael Law

If this book results in even just one child getting what I got from foster care it will be worth while.