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