Why doesn't our child return our love? What are we failing to understand? What are we failing to do? These questions can fill the minds of adoptive parents caring for wounded, traumatized children. Families often enter into this experience with high expectations for their child and for themselves but are broadsided by shattered assumptions. This book addresses the reality of those unmet expectations and offers validation and solutions for the challenges of parenting deeply traumatized and emotionally disturbed children.
Jayne E. Schooler's passion for more than twenty years has been the training and education of adoption and foster care professionals and families. She has been a featured speaker at numerous state and national conferences and trains regularly for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. She is the author or coauthor of five books related to adoption. Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, coauthor of the award-winning Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past, has thirty-six years of experience in child welfare, adoption placement, post-adoption services, and training. Timothy J. Callahan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who received his doctorate from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Callahan has twenty years of experience working with children and families as well as adults and teens.