Real Parents, Real Children

Real Parents, Real Children

Parenting the Adopted Child

Book - 1993
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This book is essential reading for all adoptive parents, those considering adoption, and the professionals who serves these families.

Blackwell North Amer
A leading authority on adoption and an award-winning writer bring wisdom and clarity to situations important to all adoptive parents. Real Parents, Real Children goes beyond the question of when to tell children they are adopted with practical advice for parents on how to talk with their children about adoption - not just once but throughout childhood, adolescence, and into young adulthood - and how to help them through the rougher points of growing up adopted.
Authors Holly van Gulden and Lisa Bartels-Rabb offer insight into how adopted children at each age commonly think and feel about being adopted. They also explain how and why adopted children grieve for their birth parents and suggest ways adoptive parents can help them come to a healthy resolution of this grief.
For prospective parents, the authors discuss ways to prepare themselves and the child they are about to adopt for the new family union. Throughout, the special concerns and challenges of interracial, international, and older-child adoptions are also addressed.
Though written with parents in mind, Real Parents, Real Children provides the clinical information that professional therapists, counselors, and placement workers must have if they are to truly be of help to adoptive families at every stage of their lives.
Real Parents, Real Children fills a real gap in adoption literature and offers confidence and assurance as well as sought-after answers to lifelong question.

Publisher: New York : Crossroad, 1993
ISBN: 9780824513689
0824513681
Characteristics: viii, 279 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartels-Rabb, Lisa M.

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