Adoption is beautiful, and yet, parenting an adopted child often comes with unique challenges. To help you prepare for your journey into parenthood, together with the help of our tlc families, we have created a short list of books we highly recommend:
The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn B. Puvis, David R. Cross The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion. Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, "The Connected Child" will help you: Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child, effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders, and discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened.
Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From your first hours together through the teen yearsby Patty Cogen A guide for adoptive parents from preparations for a child's arrival through the teen years.
Parenting the Hurt Childby Gregory C. Keck
When a child is adopted, he or she can arrive with hurts from past pain. With time, patience, informed parenting, and appropriate therapy, your adopted child can heal, grow, and develop beyond what seems possible nowGregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky explain how to manage a hurting child with loving wisdom and resolve and how to preserve your stability while untangling their thorny hearts.
Beneath the Mask - Understanding Adopted Teens by Debbie Riley
Working with adopted adolescents is complex. The key to successful therapy and healthy development is to help the adolescent discover and accept the person within. Parents will discover: the six most common adoption stuck-spots, the complexities of adoption, the adopted teen quest for identity, how therapy may help the adoptive families learn and grow together.
C.A.S.E. - Center for Adoption Support and Education
The C.A.S.E. website offers many free resources, publications, webinars, and workshops on their website. Great information for adoptive families and professionals alike!