"Without a narrative, it is difficult for adopted children to form attachments and identity. Pent up grief prevents physiological social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Parents and professionals learn how to prepare themselves to help youngsters process their pre-adoptive experiences-yes, even the toughest of these experiences! Sample words and visual activities are right on point! This guide is 'must read' and a 'must use' resource! I cannot say enough positive things about this book!" -- Arleta James, PCC, Founder and Director, Adoption & Attachment Therapy Partners LLC and Author of Brothers and Sisters in Adoption "Using experiences of children/youth, parents, and professionals, the authors establish a comprehensive foundation and vital discussion on current adoption practices. This timely update includes transfer of learning questions for each chapter and numerous tools for engagement to further best practice applications. Particular attention is given to the development of and use of life books, the integral tool to support life story work." -- Darla L. Henry, PhD. MSW, MRS, Darla Henry & Associates
Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, is a trainer, curriculum developer, and author. She speaks both nationally and internationally. She recently retired from the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, OH. Jayne E. Schooler, MBS, has worked for many years as an adoption worker and trainer both nationally and internationally. She is the author or coauthor of six books related to adoption, including The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family.