Book note


Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families
Jayne E. Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley, Timothy J. Callahan, Eds.

NavPress, 2009
269 pages

 

 
Our inclination to news of children orphaned by natural disasters, like the Haiti earthquake, or abused by parents with addictions, is to reach out. For parents who adopt or foster traumatized children, that sense of calling and purpose can quickly be replaced by unmet expectations of themselves and their children. This book’s editors, experienced adoption facilitators, collected 16 articles on the journey of adoption, written by adoptive parents. The easy-to-read chapters, organized in five parts, weave together personal experiences, research, and concrete strategies for parents and biological children to successfully blend as a family with adoptive children who have been traumatized and/or emotionally disturbed. Wounded Children, Healing Homes replaces disillusionment with the greatest parenting tool: hope.

—Angeline Schellenberg

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