The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family.
Schooler, Jayne E. Atwood, Thomas.
P.O. Box 35001
Colorado Springs, CO 80935
Tel: (800) 366-7788
This book is designed to acquaint prospective and new adoptive parents with options and issues surrounding the early steps of the adoption journey, provide awareness and knowledge on the needs of adopted children, and offer direction to parents facing issues that arise during childhood and adolescence. Part 1 of the book discusses the unique challenges adoptive parents must face, the steps in the adoption process, navigating intercountry adoption, transcultural adoption, critical success factors for building healthy adoptive families, and preparing biological children, families, and friends for adoption. Part 2 of the book explores barriers to adjustment and strategies to ease the transition of a child into an adoptive family. Chapter 8 describes attachment, development, and the impact of trauma, and Chapter 9 reviews information on the terminology and diagnosis of attachment disorder. Parenting strategies are recommended for helping children with attachment disorder. Part 3 considers how children feel about adoption at different developmental stages, how parents feel about adoption, and techniques for talking to children about adoption. The final part of the text addresses issues facing adopted adolescents. Chapter 12 discusses how parents can identify and help teens resolve issues of loss, identity, control, abandonment, permanency, and gratitude. Final chapters explore why adopted children seek their roots and how parents can respond, and strategies for creating a nurturing family. Chapters close with questions for small group discussions. Numerous references.
adoption; adoption process; adoptive parents; adopted children; parenting; intercountry adoption; transracial adoption; child health; child development; parent child relationships; attachment; birth history