20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

By Sherrie Eldridge

Delta, Paperback, 9780385341622, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2009

Do I have what it takes to be a successful adoptive parent?
Does my child consider me a successful parent?
Will I ever hear my rebellious teen say, I love you ?
What tools do I need to succeed?
"In her groundbreaking first book, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, " "Sherrie Eldridge gave voice to the very real concerns of adopted children, whose unique perspectives offered unprecedented insight. In this all-new companion volume, Eldridge goes beyond those insights and shifts her focus to parents, offering them much-needed encouragement and hope.
Speaking from her own experience as an adoptee and an expert in the field of adoption, Eldridge shares proven strategies and the moving narratives of nearly one hundred adoptive families, helping" "parents gain a deeper understanding of what is normal, both for their children and themselves. By first strengthening yourself as a parent, you ll be able to truly listen to your child, and to connect with him on every level, by opening the channels of communication and keeping them open forever. Then you and your child can grow closer through the practical exercises at the end of every chapter.
Discover how to
be confident that your role in your child's life is vital and irreplaceable
pass on the legacy of healthy self-care by assessing and regulating your stress
communicate unconditional love to your child
talk candidly with your child about her adoption and her birth family
teach your family how to respond positively to insensitive remarks about adoption
connect with other adoptive families and build a support network
plus learn to become a warrior parent settle the real parent question cope with emotional triggers what to do when you lose it . . . celebrate the miracle of your family and much more.

About the Author
Straight-forward and insightful, Sherrie Eldridge writes from a passion for adopted children and their parents to be drawn closer. An internationally-recognized adoption-advocate speaker, she is the author of more than five books including the best-selling Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew. An adopted person herself, she understands an adoptee s perspective and offers insight to deepen parent-child bonds. She is actively involved in adoption advocacy roles and was named a Congressional Angel in Adoption. Sherrie has been married to Bob Eldridge for 48 years. They have two married daughters and six grandchildren, one who joined their family through adoption. For more information, visit SherrieEldridge.com.

Praise For 20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

"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