Somebody Cares explores the feelings and thoughts many kids have when they've had to look out for themselves or be alone much of the time. A useful book to read with a caring adult — such as a parent, foster parent, kinship parent, or therapist — Somebody Cares reassures children who have experienced neglect that they are not to blame for what happened in their family, and that they can feel good about themselves for many reasons.

It takes time for kids to get used to changes in their family or living situation, even when they are good changes. This book will help kids learn some ways to feel safer, more relaxed, and more confident.

An extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers (PDF, 591KB), including a list of helpful resources, is available.

About the Author

Susan Farber Straus, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist who has worked for the past 27 years with young children, many of whom have been neglected or experienced other forms of trauma. Following her education at Cornell University and Ohio State, and internship at McLean Hospital, she worked in both private practice and residential treatment settings. She is currently senior psychologist at Catholic Charities Child and Family Services in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her husband have two daughters, now grown, and three grandchildren.

About the Illustrator

Claire Keay lives in the south of England where she works from her small studio at home illustrating children's books and greeting cards.

Reviews & Awards
  • First place, Picture Books Ages 6 & Older, 2016 Purple Dragonfly Award

An important tool…This book belongs in every school library and counselor's office.
Children's Books Heal

It is a commonplace in the field of child protection to observe that "neglect is neglected." Thus, a book for children experiencing neglect is much needed, if for no other reason than so that adults have the guidance and support necessary for providing children with the support they need. Susan Straus has accomplished this in her book Somebody Cares. Having interviewed maltreated children myself I welcome this inviting volume as a tool to enter into a dialogue with children about the adversity in their lives and how to find a positive path forward.
—James Garbarino, PhD, Loyola University Chicago

Somebody Cares is an excellent book for children to share with caring adults (including foster parents, kinship parents, or therapists).
Midwest Book Review

A therapeutic tool for school counselors, therapists, and social workers.
School Library Journal