Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Realistic Expectations: The first year home

EMK Press and a number of other adoption professionals recently put together a 50 page guide for new adoptive parents. It's called Realistic Expectations and can be downloaded HERE. (Once you click through scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to download the documents.)

A number of the articles have been reprinted from the Adoption Parenting book, while there are others that were specifically created for this guide. It has already helped families who are currently on their adoption trips.

The guide contains the following articles:

A Different Perspective by Cynthia Hockman-Chupp
Strategies for Building Attachment by Karleen Gribble, BRurSc, PhD
Top Ten Tips for Successful First Year Parenting by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA
Why Grandma Can’t Pick Up the Baby by Sheena Macrae and Karleen Gribble
What is This Thing You Call Sleep? by Dr Julian Davies, MD
Transitional Feeding Difficulties by Dr Julian Davies, MD
Alone No More...Recognizing Post Adoption Depression by Heatherly Bucher
Adding The Oldest by Terra Trevor
Creating a Fit by Carrie Kitze
“When Do You Tell a Child He was Adopted?”And Other Secrets We Shouldn’t Keep by Adam Pertman
Unexpected Special Needs by Nancy Hemenway
Positive Outcome: How Can You Combat the Effects of an Orphanage By Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS
The Impact of Trauma on the Adopted Child by B. Bryan Post
Ten Keys to Healing Trauma in the Adopted Child by B. Bryan Post
How to Find a Therapist Experienced in Attachment and/or Trauma tips from the Attachment & Trauma Network
Sensory Integration And the Internationally Adopted Child By Barbara Elleman, MHS, OTR/L, BCP
Facts About Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder By Teressa Kellerman
How to Avoid the Syndrome of Parent Burn-Out by Harriet McCarthy
Being an Ally to Families Raising Children with Challenges by Ellin Frank
Help Your Child Ward Off a Mad Attack by Lynne Namke, EdD
Being with Your Child in Public Places by Patty Wipfler
Strategies to Deal with Anger and Power Struggles by Christopher J. Alexander, PhD
When Adoptions Fail by Kim Phagan-Hansel

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