Thursday, May 27, 2010

Realistic Expectations: The First Year Home

EMK Press has a free downloadable book for adoptive families titled Realistic Expectations: The First Year Home. I downloaded the book, and I would describe it as the juicy parts of many other adoptive parenting books. And let me tell you, some of those 300 page big books on adoptive parenting quickly put me to zzzzzzz. Great info here in a brief form, and then you are referenced to a larger book for more info if you need it. I've linked to it in my right sidebar under "Links for the Journey."

A Different Perspective
by Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

Strategies for Building Attachment
by Karleen Gribble, BRurSc, PhD,

Top Ten Tips for Successful First Year Parenting
by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA

Why Grandma Can’t Pick Up the Baby
by Sheena Macrae and Karleen Gribble

What is This Thing You Call Sleep?
by Dr Julian Davies, MD

Alone No More...Recognizing Post Adoption Depression by Heatherly Bucher

Adding The Oldest by Terra Trevor

Creating a Fit by Carrie Kitze

“When Do You Tell a Child he was Adopted?”
And Other Secrets We Shouldn’t Keep

by Adam Pertman

Unexpected Special Needs by Nancy Hemenway

Positive Outcome:
How Can You Combat the Effects of an Orphanage

By Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS

The Impact of Trauma on the Adopted Child and Ten Keys to Healing Trauma in the Adopted Child
by B. Bryan Post

How to Find a Therapist Experienced in Attachment and/or Trauma by the Attachment Disorder Network

Sensory Integration And the Internationally Adopted Child
By Barbara Elleman, MHS, OTR/L, BCP

Facts About Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder By Teressa Kellerman

How to Avoid the Syndrome of Parent Burn-Out
by Harriet McCarthy

Being an Ally to Families Raising Children with Challenges by Ellin Frank

Help Your Child Ward Off a Mad Attack
by Lynne Namke, EdD

Being with Your Child in Public Places
by Patty Wipfler

Strategies to Deal with Anger and Power Struggles
by Christopher J. Alexander, PhD

When Adoptions Fail by Kim Phagan-Hansel


  1. Wow! Great list of books! Never heard of some of those. I'll have to check some of those out. Thanks Sarah.

  2. thank you so much!! what a great list!!

    Have you read, "Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew" by Sherrie Eldridge ?

  3. ZuuZuusPetals, I have it but haven't read it yet.


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