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Adopted and Wondering

Drawing out Feelings

Marge Heegaard

This art therapy book helps children cope with the emotional impact of adoption. Children can use this book's interactive exercises to realize that their birth parents were good people who loved them but were unable to give them a good home; understand that they were placed, rather than abandoned; and develop a strong sense of personal identity. The interactive drawing exercises help children explain in pictures what they are unable to say in words.

27x21cm  32 pages  $20.00  

All about Adoption

How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel about It

Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annuanziata

Explores the what, how and why of adoption, as well as the many feelings kids can experience as they grow up. And for parents, an extensive afterword discusses the unique practical and emotional dimensions of adoptive children and their families, with suggestions for answering the most challenging questions

21x26cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Can I Tell You About Adoption?

A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Anne Braff Brodzinsky

Meet Chelsea - a young girl who was adopted. Chelsea invites you to learn about adoption from her perspective and introduces us to two friends of hers who were also transracially adopted. Chelsea and her friends help children understand what it means to be adopted, the experiences and challenges that follow the adoption process, and how they can help.
Accessible and informative, this illustrated book is an ideal introduction to adoption for children aged 7+ and is a great tool for encouraging discussions for families, teachers and professionals working with adopted children.

23x15cm  53 pages  $19.95  

Child's Journey Through Care

Placement Stability , Care Planning , and Achieving Permanency

Dorota Iwaniec

This book focuses on children's journeys through the care system, from voluntary admission into care, through complicated and often long court proceedings, in pursuit of Care or Freeing Orders. Problems that arise from taking cases through the courts are examined, together with tensions that may arise between judicial and social work decision-making.
The book discusses in full: * the emotional and behavioural problems of looked-after children and elaborates on care-planning and helping strategies; * children's rights whilst in State care and their participation in decision-making about their future, including preparation for appearances in court; * the importance and ways of building new attachments and relationships with substitute carers, with emphases on resilience and children's strengths; * pitfalls and successes when seeking permanency of care and emotional stability. The book also includes considerations of the European Convention of Human Rights (1998) and describes many of the dilemmas arising in meeting the rights of children and parents, without jeopardising the welfare of either. The importance of openness, consideration, and straightforward dealings with parents is given due emphasis, especially where preparations for taking cases to court are involved.

17x25cm  284 pages  $110.00  

Child's Journey Through Placement, A

Vera I. Fahlberg

Known as "the bible" in the 'industry', provides the foundation, the resources, and the tools which help professionals - therapists, social worksers, pediatricians, juvenile justice workers, child advocates, parents and others who care to support children for whom the journey through placement becomes a part of the road to adulthood.

18x26cm  430 pages  $43.95  

Coming Home to Self

The Adopted Child Grows Up

Nancy Newton Verrier

Coming Home to Self is a book about becoming aware. It is written for all members of the adoption triad: adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents as well as those who are in relationship with them, including professionals. It explains the influence imprinted upon the nuerological system and, thus, on future functioning. It explains how false beliefs create fear and perpetuate being ruled by the wounded child. It is a book which will help adoptees discover their authentic selves after living without seeing themselves reflected back all their lives.

16x23cm  480 pages  $35.00  

Day We Met You

Phoebe Koehler

Simple words and rich pastels combine to create this read-aloud book for adoptive parents to explain the adoption experience to even the youngest children.

19x20cm  36 pages  $15.95  

Facilitating Developmental Attachment

The road to emotional recovery and behavioral change in foster and adopted children.

Daniel Hughes

For professionals and parent, takes the mysterious child and teaches us how to reah him/her, and hopefully, bring the child into a meaningful interaction with us and others. Countless new insights and concrete examples of how to be successful when treating attachment-disordered children.

15x23cm  264 pages  $66.00  

Families Change

A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights

Julie Nelson

All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers."

23x23cm  32 pages  $15.00  

First Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts

Tiddlers and Toddlers.

Caroline Archer

This book looks at the attachment and development of very young children in the fostering and adoption situation. Primarily aimed at adoptive parents, but of considerable use to foster carers of young children, it offers practical, sensitive guidance through separation, loss and traumas in early childhood.

17x24cm  128 pages  $36.95  

Forever Fingerprints

An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children

Sherrie Eldridge

Lucie's aunt and uncle are having a baby, which makes Lucie wonder about her birthmother and what it was like before she was born. Her parents help her to discover a simple way to create a connection to her birthparents and help her understand the relationship she has with them. Beautifully written.

24x26cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Foster Children

Where They Go and How They Get On.


This book is about what happens to foster children. It includes individual case studies and draws extensively on the views of foster children themselves. Other issues covered include the support given to birth families to enable children to return home, the experience of adopters, the ways in which foster care can become more permanent and the experiences of young people in independent living.

15x23cm  249 pages  $49.95  

Fostering Adolescents

Farmer, Moyers & Lipscombe

Adolescent are the hardest group to goster and have high rates of placement breakdown. This book examines what helps to make their placements work. Key issues for this age group are explored, including peer relationships, sexual health and realtionships, the impact of the adolescent on the foster family and balancing their need for safety and autonomy.

15x23cm  256 pages  $48.95  

How it Feels to be Adopted

Jill Krementz

On reading what the nineteen young adoptees have to say in this book it becomes quickly apparent that there is a broad range of feelings and attitudes experienced - depending on the temperament and personal situation of each child and family. The author's hope is that the variety of responses to the many aspects of adoption will encourage readers to realize that their own reactions are valid too, and that confusion, resentment, embarrassment, curiosity, love, and gratitude are all normal and acceptable.

23x18cm  107 pages  $25.00  

Kids need to be safe: a book for children in foster care

A Book for children in foster care

Julie Nelson, illus Mary Gallagher

Kids are important! They need safe places to live, and safe places to play. For some kids, this means living with foster parents. In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book explains why some kids move to foster homes, what foster parents do, and ways kids might feel during foster care. Children often believe that they are in foster care because they are bad. This book makes it clear that the troubles in their lives are not their fault; the message throughout is one of hope and support. Includes resources and information for parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

23x20cm  $19.95  

Maybe Days

A Book for Children in Foster Care

Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright

Introduces the people and procedures involved in foster care, and the feelings, reactions, and concerns of new foster children. Includes an afterword for caregivers.

20x25cm  32 pages  $18.95  

Murphy's Three Homes

A Story for Children in Foster Care

Jan Gilman

Murphy, a Tibetan Terrier puppy is told he is a "good luck dog"—he is cheerful, happy, and loves to play and wag his tail. However, after going through two different homes and an animal shelter, Murphy starts to feel like a "bad luck dog" who nobody wants. Murphy's Three Homes follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self-doubt, and hope for a new, loving family. Finally, Murphy is placed in a caring foster home where he feels comfortable and valued. He learns that he is not a bad dog after all and can go back to being a playful puppy and a "good luck dog

19x24cm  32 pages  $31.95  

New Families, Old Scripts

A guide to the language of trauma and attachment in adoptive families

Caroline Archer and Christine Gordon

Most adopted children and their families will, sooner or later, encounter the challenges of dealing with unresolved attachment issues or early traumatic experiences.
This book is an introduction to understanding these challenges and helping children and their families to develop a shared language and understanding of one another. It offers a wealth of practical guidance and intervention in a no-nonsense style that will be readily understandable to both families and the professionals who work with them. Case examples bring the issues to life, while sample letters addressed to the parent offer sensitive, jargon-free advice on the issues they are likely to encounter - whether it be dealing with anger and aggression, understanding sibling issues or how to react to sexualised behaviour. The authors also explain some of the theoretical background to trauma to encourage a better understanding of the relationship between trauma, attachment and development.

16x24cm  253 pages  $49.95  

Next Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts

Tykes and Teens

Caroline Archer

Designed to encourage and support adoptive and long-term foster parents, their children and adolescents, this book presents strategies to help parents deal with their youngsters' troubling behaviour. Draws on the real experiences of many adoptive parents and their families. Companion to First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts.

17x24cm  224 pages  $37.00  

Over the Moon

An Adoption Tale

Karen Katz

Inspired and informed by her own experience of adopting a girl from Guatemala, Karen Katz tells an enchanting story of how one family came to be. The joy and excitement in this heartfelt tale come through vividly in Katz's buoyant, vibrant art.

21x26cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Primal Wound

Understanding the Adopted Child

Nancy Newton Verrier

This book will revolutionize the way we think about adoption. In its application of information about pre-and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss, it clarifies the effects of separation from the birthmother on adopted children. In addition, it gives those children, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behaviour. The insight brought to the experiences of abandonment and loss will contribute not only to the healing of adoptees, their adoptive families, and birthmothers, but will bring understanding and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt abandoned.

15x23cm  231 pages  $28.00  

Reparenting the Child Who Hurts

A Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma and Attachments

Caroline Archer, Christine Gordon

A parenting book which demystifies the latest thinking on neurobiology, physiology and trauma and explains what the research means for the everyday life of parents of children who hurt.
As experts on adoption and fostering who are adoptive parents themselves, the authors explain how this knowledge can help parents to better understand and care for their child. They explain why conventional parenting techniques are often not helpful for the child who has experienced early trauma and explore why therapeutic reparenting is the only way to help repair the unhealthy neurobiological and behavioural patterns which affect the child's development. They do not shy away from how difficult reparenting is, acknowledging how hard it can be to recognise our own fallibility as parents and to change our own parenting patterns. The authors also offer hard-won advice on a range of common parenting flashpoints - from defusing arguments and aggression to negotiating bedtimes and breaks in routine, and making sure that special occasions are remembered for all the right reasons.
Reparenting the Child Who Hurts is a humane, no-nonsense survival guide for any parent caring for a child with developmental trauma or attachment difficulties, and will also provide information and insights for social workers, teachers, counsellors and other professionals involved in supporting adoptive and foster families.

23x15cm  288 pages  $31.95  

Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies


A story of adoption. This is about a little boy who must fly for a day and a night before he comes to a place he can call home with his loving new adopted family. Picture by James Graham Hale.

17x20cm  28 pages  $12.00