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The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family

Karyn B. Purvis

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion.
Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you: 

  • Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child

  • Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders

  • Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened

"A must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children."
--Carol S. Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child

"Drs. Purvis and Cross have thrown a life preserver not only to those just entering uncharted waters, but also to those struggling to stay afloat."
--Kathleen E. Morris, editor of S. I. Focus magazine
"Truly an exceptional, innovative work . . . compassionate, accessible, and founded on a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise."
--Susan Livingston Smith, program director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

"The Connected Child is the literary equivalent of an airline oxygen mask and instructions:  place the mask over your own face first, then over the nose of your child. This book first assists the parent, saying, in effect,  'Calm down, you're not the first mom or dad in the world to face this hurdle, breathe deeply, then follow these simple steps.'  The sense of not facing these issues alone--the relief that your child's behavior is not off the charts--is hugely comforting. Other children have behaved this way; other parents have responded thusly; welcome to the community of therapeutic and joyful adoptive families." 
--Melissa Fay Greene, author of There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children


The Whole Brain Child

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. 

Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.


Adoption For Singles: Everything You need to Know to Decide if Parenthood is For You

Victoria Solsberry

ADOPTION FOR SINGLES Second Edition is the first of a series of Singleandsatisfied.com books. It was written to walk single men and women through the process of adoption, whether domestic - private adoption of newborns, or children in foster care - or international. Single adults are now permitted to adopt in all 50 states, and with 129,000 waiting children in the foster care system, and an estimated 5 million orphans in Ethiopia alone, single parents couldn't be more needed. Read about: * Are you emotionally ready? What does it take to be a parent? * How much does it cost? (Hint: it can be as low as $0!) * What age child is best for you? What is available? Can you get a baby? (Read about two men who got a 14 month old son and newborn twins.) How about older children? Teenagers? * Where do you start? How long does the process take? Will anyone help you? How about after the adoption? * What do you need to do to prepare your life and home for a child? * Q&As with single adoptive parents, an adoption social worker; the founder of an adoption clinic, and the Executive Director of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. * A 100+ page Appendix of all of the countries tracked by the U.S. Department of State and their policies on adopting to American singles. * Web links to dozens of resources, including an agency directory prescreened for a willingness to work with singles, and forms to help with the process.