This adoptive parenting guidebook, Lionheart – The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families, shares the authors’ true stories from raising their families over a decade. It is the book the authors wish they had when they started out to raise healthy and resilient adopted children and stay sane in the process.
Whilst the perspective is as adoptive parents, the focus is on understanding how early childhood trauma affects a child and what the parents learned in the process of seeking to help their children.
The book includes chapters on trauma and attachment, common behavioural and emotional issues and family relationships. It delves deeply into the authors’ experience of the challenges that the children and families faced and how they did, or did not, cope.
A section of the book gives details of therapies and strategies that the authors have tried and assesses their use and effectiveness. Another section is devoted to the importance of self care for parents and carers.
If you are a parent or carer looking for a detailed course on childhood trauma see our Parents, Carers & Survivors courses.
As one reviewer put it “[This] is a book written by what I would term awesomely switched on adoptive parents. If all adoptive parents were as embracing of our traumatic beginnings as these 3 couples, with the efforts they’ve clearly gone to, to deal with the complexities involved, my guesstimate is – we would see far less tragic and negative outcomes from intercountry adoption worldwide.” Lynelle Long, Intercountry Adoptee Voices. See the full review here.