Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption

Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption

by Mike Berry

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Overview

Know That You Are Not Alone on This Journey

Adopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand. From parenting children with traumatic pasts, to dealing with attachment issues, to raising a child with special needs, it can sometimes be a struggle just getting through the day.

Mike Berry knows the loneliness and isolation you can easily feel in your particular parenting role—because he's been there. He's still there, and he wants to give you the hope and encouragement you so desperately need.

There are plenty of how-to guides out there on parenting, but this one-of-a-kind book is specifically designed to address your needs as a parent of an adopted or foster child. With a refreshing dose of honesty, empathy, and care, you'll discover you are definitely not alone on your journey and God has a very special plan for you and your family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736970839
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,173,435
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Mike Berry is cocreator of the award-winning blog Confessions of an Adoptive Parent and the adoptive and foster support site Oasis Community. He's also a contributing writer for Disney's babble.com and TheGoodMenProject.com. Mike and his wife, Kristin, have cared for dozens of children through foster care and have adopted all eight of their children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part 1 You Are Not Alone

1 Beginning with Hope 19

Identifying Your Expectations and Apprehensions

2 Jumping Off 39

The Joy and Struggle of Choosing This Journey

3 Learning to Swim 49

What to Do When You're In Over Your Head

4 Me Too 59

Finding Strength in Relationships

5 I Didn't Sign Up for This 75

Learning to Accept Your New Normal

6 The Middle of the Wreckage 85

Discovering Hope Where You Least Expect It

7 You Are Not Alone 97

The Healing Power of Shared Experience

Part 2 Finding Hope

8 The Story of Your Scars 109

Redefining Failure

9 The Voices in Our Heads 129

Overcoming Spiritual Attacks

10 Limping Together 141

Building an Effective Support System

11 Behind Every Cloud 157

Finding Light in Dark Times

12 Legends Versus Legacies 169

Your Influence Goes Deeper Than You Know

13 Remember Jeremiah 181

God Has a Plan for Your Child

14 A Girl Named Renee 193

The Transforming Power of Love and Compassion

15 Hope Has Arrived 207

God's Beautiful Story in You

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