MY OWN JUNGLE BOOK
My Own Jungle is a book commissioned by Sligo Leitrim Home Youth Liaison Service and published by Sligo based Kids’ Own, the book is the result of a collaboration between a group of children and young people who have experienced foster care and a professional artist and writer.
A group of children who have had experience of foster care worked together in a series of workshops, developing dialogue and artwork for this special publication. This publication is a national first in terms of profiling the experiences of children in care through their own voices and self-expression, and will be an invaluable resource for other services and within educational settings.
The experience of children in foster care in Sligo and Leitrim are showcased in this book which allows young people to tell their story in their own words.
Based on the knowledge that many children and young people who experience foster care seek to share with their peers the many circumstances that necessitate their journeys through these services, this book addresses the taboos that can often surround the world of foster care.
The project was awarded TUSLA’s Investing in Children award for the imaginative and inclusive way it opened and encouraged dialogue with those in the care system.