The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide: How to Heal Your Child's Trauma and Loss [NOOK Book]

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Lonely? Feeling judged? Parenting an adopted or foster child may be the hardest work you will ever do! In addition, families experience a lack of understanding from family, friends, and their community.


"The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide is a supportive and loving guide for families." The book is an easy read, and explains ideas through stories, scripts, and practical strategies. "The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide" teaches families ...
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The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide: How to Heal Your Child's Trauma and Loss

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Overview

Lonely? Feeling judged? Parenting an adopted or foster child may be the hardest work you will ever do! In addition, families experience a lack of understanding from family, friends, and their community.


"The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide is a supportive and loving guide for families." The book is an easy read, and explains ideas through stories, scripts, and practical strategies. "The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide" teaches families as well as professionals, in a step by step approach, how to heal a child’s past trauma and loss. "The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide" touches on many topics, including: attachment styles (attachment disorder), dysfunctional family patterns unique to adoption and fostering, birth families, how to create healthy attachment, maintaining calm, and managing a team of professionals.
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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Gray
“Carol Lozier's book is a clearly written guide to parents and professionals alike. The book is full of good ideas that will help adoptive families in their journey. I immediately chose one of her suggestions to use with my client families. Carol has the gift of explaining to the lay reader easy applications of family therapy principles. The book is a positive one, sure to help adoptive families. It is a welcome addition to the literature.”
Kay Bratt
"The Adoptive and Foster Parent Guide" addresses behavioral issues and unique emotional requirements for adopted children of all ages with easy exercises and real life stories to relate to. This is not just a guide to bring hope to you—it is a guide that will help heal your child of the early hurt or trauma they may have experienced.”
Lindsy Wallace
"If you have 20 dollars here is what you should do with it:
Go to Forever-Families.
Click on the "Buy Now" link under the photo of the book pictured above.
Enter coupon code MAY2012 for 15% off the price of the book during the remainder of this month!
Read said book.
Become a better parent.*
The End.
Seriously, I ordered this book on a Friday, it was delivered on Saturday and by Monday morning I had read it from cover to cover. I could write a review but there's noth
Jeanne P.
“I see it like this: A child who has suffered early trauma, loss or neglect will very likely join their new family with a layer of ice around them. It might be a thin layer that is easily cracked or it might be very thick. Most adoption books give us tools to help chip away at the ice from the exterior, but your book gives us a step-by-step approach to help melt the ice from the inside out. It is not to say that we can't keep chipping away from the outside, but if we were able to simultan
Jennifer Sands
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014728645
  • Publisher: Forever-Families
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 616,373
  • File size: 299 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Lozier, MSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Florida State University in 1989, and is licensed in the state of Kentucky. Carol has spent over twenty years counseling children and families, specializing in adoption and foster care issues. She is passionate about helping children heal from past trauma and loss.

Carol has written several articles, authors a blog, and is a contributing author to "The Foster Parenting Toolbox" (EMK Press, 2012). Carol's website, www.forever-families.com offers a biweekly blog, free downloadable tools for families, an excerpt of her book, and a supportive community of adoptive and foster parents.
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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Essential book for all parents!

    Carol Lozier, LCSW, has skillfully written an insightful, evidence based guide on healing children's trauma and loss. The cumulative years of her experience as a therapist, in an easy to read guide for parents, is invaluable. This book is so fabulous, I would recommend it to any parent as it offers great information about the attachment process, so key in all of our relationships. Each chapter is loaded with information and examples with easily applicable techniques for moms and dads. Finally, the guide we've all been waiting for!

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    A must have for all adoptive and foster parents!

    When I became an adoptive parent more than nine years ago, I believed that my faith, combined with love and previous parenting experience of a biological child, would be more than enough to successfully integrate children without permanent homes into my family. In spite of much preparation and research, I had little understanding of how early deprivation and trauma can affect a child’s developing brain, which can in turn have a lasting impact on behavior, emotional regulation, and even daily interactions, including responses to discipline or correction.

    While faith and love have certainly provided a strong foundation, parenting post-institutionalized children has required a paradigm shift which has often seemed counter-intuitive. The Adoptive and Foster Parent Guide, by Carol Lozier, is a refreshing book written to assist families embracing and raising children whose lives began in less than ideal circumstances. The book teaches caregivers to understand the unique needs of adopted and foster children and then empowers parents with practical tools to help children heal from the trauma they experienced prior to joining their families.

    The vignettes in the book allow the reader to identify with specific topics in a personal way, followed by exercises which prompt personal reflection and application. I especially appreciate the way Carol explains professional terms and concepts in a relevant way that is easy for families to understand and apply. My husband and I have been able to implement many of her strategies in our home and witness the positive results with our children. My husband even read and enjoyed this book and he usually has a difficult time remaining interested in most adoption/trauma books because of the academic way in which they are written.

    Carol’s book addresses the expectations we have as parents and encourages us to move beyond ourselves into how we can best help our children heal. It offers validation for those of us who realized that our expectations were not realistic, and provides solutions for the challenges that arise when parenting wounded children. I believe any adoptive or foster parent would benefit from reading The Adoptive and Foster Parent Guide. It is a practical, hands-on approach for families who may not be able to seek therapy, and yet it would also complement therapy for those who are pursuing that avenue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    As a coach to adoptive and foster families, I constantly search

    As a coach to adoptive and foster families, I constantly search for books to assist me and the families I serve. “The Adoptive and Foster Parent Guide, How to Heal Your Child’s Trauma and Loss” is a wonderful addition to the resources I recommend. I found myself adding colored tabs to highlight sections that I knew I wanted to share with my colleagues in my adoption coaching practice. I could envision using sections of the book with client families.

    I wish Carol Lozier’s book had been available when I was raising my now-adult children. Her Guide is important, especially for families who live in areas—like us—where adoption and trauma-informed specialists are not available. The book is written in a straight-forward style that is practical and easy to understand. Because it is compact, overwhelmed parents can read it quickly and put the suggestions to work immediately.

    Carol writes in a manner that is informative, compassionate, and encouraging. She understands that adoptive parenting is different from bio-parenting and requires adoption-appropriate techniques. She shares tools that parents can use to educate themselves, family and friends. This helps to create a team that supports the family instead of critics who sit in judgment.

    Highlights of the book include

    · a list of behaviors that suggest when a child is acting from trauma/adoption issues.

    · Exercises for helping children identify and name their feelings or use colors to code them in non-verbal ways.

    · Handling misbehaviors as symptoms not as the actual problem.

    · What is Normal and what is history related?

    Carol Lozier’s book is practical and insightful. She addresses issues that all adoptive parents consider. When I finished Carol’s book, I had additional tools for working with adoptive families and felt encouraged, and supported by her book. “The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide, How to Heal Your Child’s Trauma” is a gem. Add it to your collection. You will be glad you did. Both you and your child will benefit.

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