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When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD

Author: 
Nancy L. Thomas
ISBN: 
0970352549

I, personally, had trouble with this book. It seemed disorganized and difficult to read. There was a great deal of repetition in the text--which contrary to re-emphasizing a point--didn't add much to the learning experience.

The book goes out of its way to depict children of trauma as being nearly unreachable without serious intervention on the part of the parent. I found much of the book far too extreme, relying on dominating and coercing a child rather than nurturing a child including some rather troubling restraint techniques.

I personally can't recommend this book.

Connecting With Kids Through Stories: Using Narratives To Facilitate Attachment In Adopted Children

Author: 
Denise B. Lacher
ISBN: 
9781843107972

This book is recommended by Dr. Gregory Keck -- co-author of Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child.

This book is designed to help parents form stories that can help children connect to them--often a seemingly impossible task.


Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families With Special-Needs Kids : A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Author: 
Gregory C. Keck
Regina M. Kupecky
ISBN: 
1576830942

This book is a critical read for anybody trying to decide whether to adopt a child from an abusive background. Adoption is not to be taken lightly and this book does not attempt to sugar-coat this way of growing your family.

Parenting the Hurt Child : Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow

Author: 
Gregory Keck
Regina M. Kupecky
ISBN: 
1576833143

Keck and Kupecky are recognized experts in attachment, fostering, and adoption. This book explores the challenges parents of children of abusive backgrounds face.

Talking with Young Children about Adoption

Author: 
Mary Watkins
Susan Fisher
ISBN: 
0300063172

Young children can worry and be confused about what it means to be adopted. This book attempts to provide insight into the conversations that will ultimately happen. Twenty parents' conversations with kids ranging from two to ten are explored.

Transforming the Difficult Child - The Nurtured Heart Approach

Author: 
Howard Glasser
Jennifer Easley
ISBN: 
0967050707

Transforming the Difficult Child is based on well-established principles of child behaviorism. There is nothing "new" in the book, but it does present the principles in a different way.

If you have a child who is defiant, difficult, or non-compliant, this book attempts to give you tools to shift undesired behaviours.

Have a New Kid by Friday

Author: 
Dr. Kevin Leman
ISBN: 
0800719026

Dr. Leman explores techniques to change your child's behaviours in less than a week focusing on mutual respect.

A Guide to Colorado Adoptions

Author: 
Leslie Zetterstrom
ISBN: 
1883726557

This is a great little book if you plan on adopting in Colorado. It covers the basic legal process for all different kinds of adoption.

Explosive Child, The

Author: 
Ross W. Greene
ISBN: 
006077939X

This book proved to be insightful and helpful. It was recommended by one of our caregivers who lent us her personal copy. After reading two chapters we bought our own copy. This book covers:

  • severe noncompliance
  • temper
  • verbal aggression
  • physical aggression

Attaching in Adoption

Author: 
Deborah D. Gray
ISBN: 
0944934293

An exploration of attachment and the challenges parents may have with adopted children.