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Resources for Adoptive Parents

There are countless online resources that provide help for adoptive parents, sometimes figuring out your needs and wants can change. Acknowledging the need for help can be tricky, especially if parents are in need of the help. Perhaps you will benefit from family therapy or individual treatment. Maybe a support group. Sometimes a good book or video, a piece of advice from someone, or reading a blog can give you a feeling that you are not alone. Whether you are a new parent, parent to special needs kids, parents to unremarkable, healthy children, or parents with years of experience, there are times when we need help.

Here are some resources that have helped with staying grounded and with parenting.

Books:

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Touchpoints books on child development by T. Berry Brazelton

The Connected Child:  Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Online:

Parenting information on adopted preschoolers: Child Welfare Information Gateway. Available online at: www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/preschool.cfm

For professional help finding a therapist in your area: www.therapists.psychologytoday.com