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20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed by Sherrie Eldridge
Oct 27, 2009 | 320 Pages
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"Sherrie Eldridge once again makes a remarkable contribution to adoption literature, weaving together her personal experiences as both an adoptee and an adoption expert and skillfully examining the often unspoken thoughts of adoptive parents. "—, MS, author of Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, and executive director, The Center for Adoption Support and Education

"A must-read and must-keep resource for all adoptive parents, getting straight to the core of adoption issues. This is one of the most validating books for adoptive parents I have ever read, helping them to know not only that their experiences are different but how to turn challenges into healing moments." —Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control

Table Of Contents

Foreword  xi

Acknowledgments  xv

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Discover the Sweet Spot of Success  3

Chapter 2 Look at Life with Adoption Savvy  18

Chapter 3 Beware of Mixed Feelings  34

Chapter 4 See the Big Picture  44

Chapter 5 Know When and How to Talk about Birth and Adoption  58

Chapter 6 Know That Being Different Is a Good Thing  76

Chapter 7 Settle the “Real-Parent” Question  86

Chapter 8 Step Up to the Plate with Confidence  99

Chapter 9 Evaluate Your Emotional Health  108

Chapter 10 Get Down and Dirty  120

Chapter 11 Discover What Really Comforts Your Child  134

Chapter 12 Strive for Parent/Child Intimacy  146

Chapter 13 Redeem Insensitive Remarks about Adoption  159

Chapter 14 Honor Your Child’s Birth Parents  171

Chapter 15 Refuse Guilt Trips  185

Chapter 16 Deal with Perfectionism  197

Chapter 17 Assess Stress  207

Chapter 18 Establish a Support System  215

Chapter 19 Celebrate the Miracle of Your Family  230

Chapter 20 Press On in Hope  243

Appendix  251

Bibliography  273

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