The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family

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With wisdom and compassion, this powerful and thorough book addresses the needs and concerns facing adoptive parents and offers encouragement for adoptive families at every stage of the journey.

• Includes discussion questions and parenting tips

What happens when, after adoption, the dream of a warm, happy family doesn't materialize so easily? According to Jayne Schooler, adoptive families deal with a special dynamic that affects parents, birth children, and ...

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Overview


With wisdom and compassion, this powerful and thorough book addresses the needs and concerns facing adoptive parents and offers encouragement for adoptive families at every stage of the journey.

• Includes discussion questions and parenting tips

What happens when, after adoption, the dream of a warm, happy family doesn't materialize so easily? According to Jayne Schooler, adoptive families deal with a special dynamic that affects parents, birth children, and adoptive children. By being prepared for the different stages a child will pass through, parents can avoid the disillusionment, feelings of inadequacy, and resentment that can come with unrealistic expectations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891097228
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Jayne Schooler is the author of four books in the field of foster care, adoption, and family life and has appeared on dozens of radio talk shows across the country. An educator, author, and speaker, she brings insight and empathy to audiences of both families and professionals. She holds a master's degree in life issues counseling from the Master's Graduate School of Divinity. Jayne and her husband, David, live in Dayton, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Chapter  1:  Choosing to Love a Stranger-Unique Challenges Adoptive Parents Must Face

Chapter  2:  Creating a Family-How Do Children Enter Our Homes, and Who Are They?

Chapter  3:  What Builds Healthy Adoptive Families? Ten Critical Success Factors

Chapter  4:  Developing a Supportive Adoption Environment-How to Prepare Biological Children, Family, and
                       Friends


PART TWO: WHEN A CHILD COMES HOME

Chapter  5:  Attachment-How to Develop the Crucial Bond

Chapter  6:  Barriers to Adjustment-Strategies to Ease the Transition


PART THREE: COMMUNICATING ABOUT ADOPTION

Chapter  7:  How Do We Feel About Adoption? Critical Questions For Parents and Children

Chapter  8:  Talking to Children About Adoption-When and How


PART FOUR: GROWING UP ADOPTED

Chapter  9:  Creating a Nurturing Family-Giving Our Children What They Need

Chapter 10: What's Inside an Adopted Adolescent? Helping Our Teens Resolve Five Painful Issues

Chapter 11: Transcultural Adoption-Preparing for Special Challenges

Chapter 12: Searching for a Past - Why Adopted Children Seek Their Roots and How Parents Can Respond

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