These parenting books are packed full of resources to help equip parents with the skills they need to parent children who are coping with the aftermath of early childhood abuse, neglect, and disruption. Parenting in general is never easy. Parenting children with a rough upbringing can be especially difficult. These books will help make the parenting process possible.
Parenting Books for Adoptive Parents
(Or people hoping to become adoptive parents!)
by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky.
This is a great resource for pre-adoptive parents. It helps explain how abuse and neglect impact a child's development and ability to form healthy human connections-- and also walks parents through solutions to problems that may arise through the course of an adopted child's childhood.
by Deborah Gray.
Another excellent resource for both prospective adoptive and post-adoptive parents, Attaching in Adoption is written by a clinical social worker who is specialized in the areas of attachment, grief, and trauma. This book explains attachment and attachment disorders, and offers practical tools to parents for helping children reach their fullest potential.
by Heather T. Forbes and B. Bryan Post.
This book offers a new approach to parenting the traumatized child, based on helping both the parent and child identified fear-based reactions that are creating and reinforcing negative behaviors and emotions.
By Daniel A. Hughes.
This book follows a case-composite child named Katie who was severely neglected during her early years. The reader is given an opportunity to learn about attachment, attachment disorders, and developing attachment security through observing this child as she moves from her birth family, through several foster placements, and finally into a successful adoptive home.
By Nancy Thomas.
From the author of "When Love is Not Enough," this book describes Thomas' personal experiences of parenting children with severe attachment, emotional, and behavioral issues. She goes into detail about her day-to-day parenting techniques and also describes the specifics of the attachment therapy sessions she attended with her kids.
by Ira Chasnoff.
"The Nature of Nurture" explains how prenatal substance exposure can impact a child's health and development later on. It offers practical techniques to help children overcome the effects of early drug exposure.
by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky.
The sequel of "Adopting the Hurt Child," this book offers solutions to parents who have adopted children who have been traumatized. From the back cover of the book: "If you’ve chosen to bring one of these children into your family, you likely have hopes, dreams, and images of success—dreams and images that might now look dark and hopeless."
by Ross Greene.
Ah, the "explosive child." When things don't go her way, she screams, hits, kicks, spits, swears, throws things, destroys property, and more. Rewards, punishments, and explanations don't seem to help. Greene, a clinician who has worked with thousands of explosive children, offers a special approach to help this type of child, an approach based on problem-solving and skills-training.
Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at Adoption.com. She currently works as a content specialist at Adopting.org, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.
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