There has been a recent “baby invasion” around here; two adopted infants and one biological child have joined families in my circle of friends in the past two months.
Watching their journeys into parenthood and reflecting on my own has really made me think about the risk in becoming a parent.
No matter if you have a biological child or an adopted child, you really have no idea about what you are signing up for until you are already IN it!
In my search for adoption resources I found a wonderful new book, Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges, that narrows in on the issues families often face with a Christian perspective.
Thriving as an Adoptive Family is a collection of experiences from eighteen different authors on a range of adoption issues.
The first chapters focus on Becoming and Adoptive Family , covering topics like attachment, bonding, nurturing, sibling relationships and involving extended family. These chapters alone would be enlightening to read before your child is adopted, though you will probably find yourself continually going back to Thriving as an Adoptive Family many times as new challenges arise.
Next, Thriving as an Adoptive Family has separate chapters for each life stage and the issues faced from birth to adulthood.
Unique Identity Issues explore themes of loss, grief, and ethnic identity.
The Special Challenges section helps you to navigate through physical or mental disabilities, early childhood trauma and abuse, and the heartbreaking cases in which an adoption is disrupted or dissolved.
Thriving as an Adoptive Family is written in an engaging, personal way as the authors share their own life experiences with adoption.
Adopting a child is not an easy road, but it is a rewarding one. For parents who are prepared to do everything they can to make their forever family a healthy one, Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges is an amazing resource!
I have two copies of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges, a Focus on the Family recommended resource, to giveaway to two Mom Most Traveled readers.
To enter to win your copy of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges, comment on this post with what aspect of adoption you would like to learn more about.
For a second entry, leave another comment about how adoption has touched your life.
Please don’t just comment with “Enter me” or “Sounds great”. That totally annoys me. Those entries are not eligible to win.
Two winners will be chosen at random.
This giveaway is open to those with a US mailing address.
This contest will close at 11:59 pm CST, March 21, 2009
Handbook for Thriving as an Adoptive Family winners: Congrats to Meredith and Juicebox Mom!