'…all those involved in the adoption of children, old hands and new, will be stimulated and encouraged by this infectious read.'
- from the Foreword by David Howe, Dean of the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia
'This work is a treasure for foster and adoptive parents and for the professionals who work to assist them.'
- from the Foreword by Daniel A. Hughes, clinical psychologist, consultant, trainer and author
This book is full of the techniques that we have used successfully over the years. Many we have adapted to suit their needs and many we have made up ourselves. What we have become particularly good at is not giving up!
A mother of two adopted children, Celia Foster has written Big Steps for Little People as a personal 'insider's guide' to parenting adopted children.
Drawing on the hard-won wisdom gained in her own family life, Celia offers a thoughtful account of life with adopted children and examines the issues that many adoptive families encounter, including the development of children with attachment problems and how to tackle behavioural difficulties. She combines real-life anecdotes with suggestions and strategies that other parents can put to use.
This book will be a great comfort and help to all adoptive families and offers insights for the professionals who work with them.
1. Being Taken into Care. 2. Settling In. 3. Some of the Realities of Settling In. 4. Early Steps, Chores and Tasks. 5. The Grieving Process. 6. Brain Development. 7. Family History. 8. Dealing with Emotions. 9. Different Types of Behaviour. 10. Control Issues. 11. Dealing with the effects of Difficult Behaviour. 12. Time Frame of Children's Development. 13. Big Steps Forward. 14. Back to the Story.
About the Author:
Celia Foster lives in the UK and is mother of two adopted sons.