EMK Press is a publisher of books for families whose lives have been touched by adoption, domestic or international. We also support families who are foster parents and youth in care. We have books to help parents do a better job of parenting the children who have come to them, we have books for children that allow them to voice their thoughts and feelings, and we have a book for teens to help them understand they aren't alone. Our mission is education for anyone involved with adoption and fostering. We have a wide variety of parent resources available for free downloading on our website. We are a small press with a distinct voice. Our books are helpful tools in the hands of parents and children in families formed by adoption. The voices that make up our contributors are authentic and real. They have BTDT and speak from experience, either professional or life based. We believe that information has power when it is shared and work hard to get information to those need it. Current books include: Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections edited by Sheena Macrae and Jean MacLeod; Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be? an anthology for adopted teens edited by Robert L. Ballard; We See the Moon by Carrie Kitze, a book that helps children connect with missing or unknown birth parents; Forever Fingerprints, An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children by Sherrie Eldridge; I Don't Have Your Eyes, a book for attachment and attunement when parent and child look different; and At Home in This World, A China Adoption Story by Jean MacLeod. Our newest book is The Foster Parenting Toolbox, edited by Kim Phagan Hansel.
Meet some of the wonderful folks who make things happen at EMK Press:
The founder and Publisher is Carrie Kitze,
an adoptive parent. She is active
in adoption affairs and a speaker at a variety of adoption
events worldwide on the topics of Adoption Parenting 101,
Parenting with Narratives, Co-creating Lifebooks, Ceremonies
and Rituals for adoptive families, and Discovering Differences,
a workshop for Kindergarten through third graders. She is
a past regional Families with Children from China coordinator, and
has written for Adoptive Families Magazine and Adoption Today. She is the author
of We See the Moon and I Don't Have Your Eyes and the creator of Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections which she worked on with her editors Sheena Macrae and Jean MacLeod. She co-created The Foster Parenting Toolbox with Kim Phagan-Hansel, a resource for foster parents and those who work with the children in care. She is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in NJ. She spends more time on publishing functions than writing
functions these days but has several new projects on the horizon including a book called The Kinship Parenting Toolbox, with Kim Hansel and a cookbook for youth aging out of foster care.
Kim Phagan-Hansel, editor of The Foster Parenting Toolbox is also the editor of Fostering Families Today and Adoption Today magazines. She is a freelance writer for several other publications as well. Kim earned a bachelor's degree in English-Journalism from Chadron State College and has worked in the publishing industry for 13 years. She is also a wife and mother.
Macrae, MA,, PhD (Senior Editor) is the married fulltime mum to two children adopted from China. She’s serves on a local authority Adoption Panel in the UK, specifically offering knowledge of intercountry adoption, as a disabled adoptive mum, and an adoptive parent who has successfully appealed being rejected by Panel. Her family return yearly to China to enable the children to maintain vital links with their birthcountry. Her adoption work encompasses a spell as ICA Country Fact-Sheet Editor for a UK adoption support group. She has worked with Adoption UK in consultation responses to new adoption legislation. With close links with Surrey Intercountry Adoption Team; she has worked with them in their preparation programme for prospective inter-country adopters. She has been published on various aspects of parenting intercountry adopted children in various adoption journals and books in the UK, USA and Australia. She is the Topic Editor at EMK Press’s Yahoo listserv “Adoption Parenting”, producing a fortnightly ‘magazine’ on various topics. She is also Co-Editor of EMK Press’s title Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, July 2006. Her most important job is being the available mum to two kids who are the light of her life.
Bert Ballard, PhD, is an adoptee, adoption researcher, and future adoptive parent. He is passionate about providing adoptees a space where they can share their stories and experiences, and he has helped form two adoptee-led organizations, the Vietnamese Adoptee Network and the International Adoptee Congress to that end. He has been published in Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections and Adoption Today magazine and has spoken across the U.S. and Canada to numerous adoptive parents and adoption professionals sharing his experiences as an adoptive person from Vietnam. Bert has a PhD in communication from the University of Denver and conducts research on adoption identity and adoptive families. He has two scholarly articles coming out soon. Bert is the editor of EMK Press’ latest project, Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be?, a groundbreaking work for adoptive teens. You can find out more about the project by clicking here.
Bert is married with two daughters and a son they adopted from Vietnam.
Sherrie Eldridge, adoptee and author, is passionate about educating those touched by adoption so that they can grow in the midst of the unique challenges of adoptive family living. Her stories of adoption and reunion keep audiences on the edge of their seats as she creatively demonstrates that grief is a gift in disguise. Birth and adoptive parents embrace their vital and irreplaceable influences in the life of the adoptee while adoptees of all ages readily find validation for their often unspoken emotions and needs. Adoption professionals gain the adoptee's perspective of the therapeutic relationship and learn creative tools for use with clients. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie's highly-acclaimed first book, is now required reading by many adoption agencies. It provides an unflinching look at twenty key issues that can potentially damage relationships for adoptees and their families, and the simple and important ways adoptive parents can address those issues head-on. More than 70 adoptees participated in Sherrie's second book, Twenty Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make, which gives voice to twenty adoption truths and twenty choices that help adoptees reach their full life potential.
Forever Fingerprints is her first children’s book and her understanding of connection, grief and loss, and what makes a family a family as an adoptee and an adoptive grandmother is destined to make this book a classic in the children’s category. She lectures at a number of adoption conferences yearly and has keynoted at a variety of venues. Sherrie lives in Indianapolis with Bob Eldridge, her husband of 40 years. She has two married daughters and six grandchildren. Find Sherrie's website which has some great free resources at www.sherrieeldridge.com
Follow her blog sherrieeldridge.blogspot.com
Join Sherrie's group of adoptees (you have to be one to join)
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Jean MacLeod, author of At Home in This World and co-editor of Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox,
Building Connections, is a free-lance writer who has been
published in Adoptive Families Magazine, Adoption
Today Magazine and in the adoption essay book "Passage
to the Heart". She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree
in English/ Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.
Jean has co-developed and facilitated a series of parent
education workshops on attachment, transition, trans-racial
families and the lifelong core issues of adoptees. She also
has a position on the Spaulding for Children Post-Adoption
Resource Coalition, and advocates for adoption awareness
by providing local, state and national resources to families
requiring pre and post-adopt information or assistance.
Jean is the mother of three daughters, two of whom were
adopted from China. Find her website here www.thewritemagic.com
We publish books that allow the voices of the children to
be heard. Also, for parents, information is so important
as we each head on the journey of parenting adopted children.
The parent guides we have avaliable for download are resources
from relevant professionals and other parents to help each of us learn more
about the needs our children will have as they grow and
mature. We hope you find these guides helpful. Click
here for more information.
With each book purchased, we raise funds for a variety of
charitable purposes. Vist the Charitable page to see what projects we are currently working on.
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