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Books to Help in Dealing With Challenges and Issues

As older child adoptive parents, we may have adopted with dreams of parenting a "regular" child. But we may be confronted with short-term or long-term challenges and issues. The following books will provide you with the ideas and support you need as you travel your adoptive parenting journey.


The Child With Special Needs by Stanley I., Md. Greenspan, 1998

Covers autism, cerebral palsy, ADD, language issues, retardation, and more. This book provides practical ways to help their child be the best she can be.


Help for the Hopeless Child by Dr. Ronald Federici & Associates, 1998.

Presents reasons and explanations behind many post-institutionalized issues, especially children from eastern Europe. Also includes a format for dealing with some of these challenging children.


Can This Child Be Saved? Solutions for Adoptive and Foster Familiesby Foster Cline, M.D. and Cathy Helding, City Desktop Production, Inc., 1999.

Foster Cline has worked with many difficult adopted children. This book acknowledges the challenges of older child adoption, and provides hope and solutions.


Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change in Foster and Adopted Children by Daniel A. Hughes, Jason Aronson, Inc., 1997

Provides detailed information and effective treatment plans for parents and professionals about treating attachment (RAD) disordered children.


When Love Is Not Enough by Nancy Thomas, 1997.

Outlines a parenting plan for helping and healing children with reactive attachment disorder and other challenging behaviors. THE main parenting book for RAD! Also provides tips and ideas for any child with challenging behaviors.


Treating the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse, by M. Osmond, et al, 1998.

Unfortunately, some older adopted kids have been sexually abused by birth families, in orphanages, or in foster homes. This book discusses the signs, treatment methods, and more


You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children With Disabilities, edited by Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D. & Kim Schive, 2001.

From parents whose children have Down Syndrome, spina bifida, autism, and more. Honest, helpful, supportive.


Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the Six Types of ADD by Daniel Amen M.D., 2001.

Based on solid brain research, many parents are finding new hope with this book.


Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child by Lawrence M. Siegel, 2000

Walks you through the complicated and often stressful process of creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for your child. Helps parents be prepared and less intimidated by the process.

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