Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past (Paperback)

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past By Betsy Keefer Smalley, Jayne E. Schooler Cover Image
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Many adopted or foster children have complex, troubling, often painful pasts. This book provides parents and professionals with sound advice on how to communicate effectively about difficult and sensitive topics, providing concrete strategies for helping adopted and foster children make sense of the past so they can enjoy a healthy, well-adjusted future.

Approximately one of every four adopted children will have adjustment challenges related to their separation from the birth family, earlier trauma, attachment difficulties, and/or issues stemming from the adoption process. Common complicating issues of adopted children are feelings of rejection, abandonment, or confusion about their origins. While many foster and adoptive parents and even many professionals are reluctant to communicate openly about birth histories, silence only adds to the child's confusion and pain.

This revised and significantly expanded edition of the award-winning Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child equips parents with the knowledge and tools they need to communicate with their adopted or foster child about their past. Revisions include coverage of significant new research and information regarding the importance of understanding the child's trauma history to his or her well-being and successful adjustment in his foster or adoptive family.

The authors answer such questions as: How do I share difficult information about my child's adoption in a sensitive manner? When is the right time to tell my child the whole truth? How do I obtain more information on my child's history? Detailed descriptions of actual cases help the parent or caregiver find ways to discover the truth (particularly in closed and international adoption cases), organize the information, and explain the details of the past gently to a toddler, child, or young adult who may find it frightening or confusing.

About the Author

Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, is a trainer, curriculum developer, and author. Jayne E. Schooler, MBS, has worked for many years as an adoption worker and trainer both nationally and internationally.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781440842818
ISBN-10: 1440842817
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English