Storybooks for children supported by authors with lived experience

Bobby Hendry

My family time is mine is a guide full of practical advice for young people in out-of-home care that explores their rights to be heard on important issues, including time spent with their family. Bobby Hendry developed this guide with a seasoned understanding of a child’s emotions and how trauma affects the brain, and how they can learn to take charge of their reactions.

Bobby Hendry said: “I created My family time is mine using my own out-of-home care experience to empower young people with care experience about their feelings, how to communicate, their rights and more. I hope this book helps young people in care feel a little less alone and a lot more in control in a childhood that I know very well can feel lonely and helpless.

Fostering Lifelong Connections is in its third and final year and involves action research with social workers from seven NGOs and the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Billy and Bobby will be presenting on working with traumatized children at the International Childhood Trauma Conference, hosted by the Australian Childhood Foundation, on August 3, 2022.

Both books are available for purchase through the University of Sydney Press:

Roar by Billy Black available here

My Family Time is Mine by Bobby Hendry available here

Disclaimer: The Research Center for Children and Families receives funding from the Government of New South Wales through the Department of Communities and Justice.


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