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Adoption Parenting:
Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections

Edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae

Finally, a comprehensive parenting book for adoptive families!
Over 100 contributors have helped EMK Press to weave a stunning tapestry of advice specifically for adoptive parents. Parenting adopted children requires parenting with an extra layer and this book helps you to understand where that extra layer falls. This over 500 page book is a wealth of information for the newly arrived home family and the experienced family as well. This is a book you won’t read all at once, but come back to again and again as your child’s awareness of who they are develops and your awareness of how to help them increases.

Our adopted children come to us from loss–loss of a birthfamily, culture, and language. There are helpful things that we can do to address these issues, and Adoption Parenting helps you to create an awareness to do just that. We also look at stumbling blocks to good parenting, and standard parenting practices that aren’t right for adopted children.

We look at the core issues all members of the adoption triad face, and look at how that affects standard parenting challenges like sleeping through the night, discipline, and attachment. We cover specific challenges families have faced: FASD, Trauma and PTSD, Sensory Integration, Speech and Language delays, and at ways to effectively parent a post-institutionalized child or a child who has experienced trauma in their journey to you.

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i Reviews

Adoption Parenting’s thoughtful, accessible approach is not about wallowing in problems and challenges, but about sharing knowledge, making connections, overcoming obstacles, and doing a better job for the sake of our kids. In our new, improving world, Adoption Parenting is indeed a useful toolbox, but it is far more. It is a celebration of how far we have come, and it is a roadmap toward an increasingly successful future.”

Adam Pertman
Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. He also is an adoptive father and the author of “Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America”.


Adoption Parenting is a wonderful addition to the books available for adoptive families; I will certainly be
recommending it. It is well written; doesn’t dodge the difficult challenges attendant to adoption and offers
practical advice to the reader. I do wish I had had this book to read when I was adopting in the 60’s.”

Sharon Kaplan Roszia MS
Co-author “Seven Core Issues in Adoption”, Program Director of Special Needs Adoptions, Kinship Center, California


“I am no longer providing several books for new parents to read–just Adoption Parenting. It is honestly the best source that I have found to cover the majority of issues parents face. The book also helps families know when they need professional assistance.”

Leigh Anne Harrington, LCSW, PIP
International Adoption Center/Clinic
Birmingham, Alabama


“What a wonderful resource for adoptive families as well as professionals! I am one of the supervisors in our General Adoption department and am realizing what a gift this book would be to each of our social workers. This is a hands-on approach that parents as well as professionals need to have as a guide. Thank you for all of your work in putting it together. It is awesome!”

Maxine L. Walton, MS, LCSW
Social Work Supervisor Adoption Services
Children’s Home Society & Family Services


"Featuring over 100 contributors overseen by EMK Press writer-editors MacLeod and Macrae, Adoption Parenting is a virtual one-stop shop for adoption information for readers at any knowledge level.
Strongly recommended for all public libraries and
for large university social science collections."

Lynne C. Maxwell
Library Journal


“For our family, my only wish is that this book was published over a decade ago when we first began adopting. Adoption Parenting addresses such issues as attachment, and distrupted adoptions that would have proved invaluable in our struggles. Presented from different prospectives as well as from adoptive parents and experts alike, this simply is answers for so many of the questions adoptive families ask. This book would be ideal for required reading for prospective adoptive and foster parents.

Many books deal with the adoption process, few deal with the realities and the difficulties that may arise in the following years. Education is the key to successful
adoptions and this book is essential reading and a great resource.”

Deborah L. Hannah
Foster/Adoptive Parent and Author An Unlit Path


Adoption Parenting is a beautiful patchwork of wisdom from life experiences and experts in the adoption field. Parents will find it thoroughly engaging and extremely practical. I highly recommend it!”

Sherrie Eldridge
Adoptee, adoptive grandmother and Author of “Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew”, and “Twenty Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make”



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