No Matter What

An Adoptive Family's Story of Hope, Love and Healing

Author: Sally Donovan

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857007815

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 352

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'I love you, no matter what.' An uplifting true story of an ordinary couple who build an extraordinary family, No Matter What describes how Sally and Rob Donovan embark upon a journey to adopt following a diagnosis of infertility. Sally Donovan brings to life with characteristic wit and honesty the difficulties of living with infertility, their decision to adopt and the bewildering process involved. Finally matched with young siblings Jaymey and Harlee, Sally and Rob's joy turns to shock as they discover disturbing details of their children's past and realise that they must do everything it takes to heal their children. By turns tragic, inspiring and hilarious, Sally and Rob's story offers a rare insight into the world of adoptive parents and just what it takes to bring love to the lives of traumatised children.
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Open Adoption and Diverse Families

Complex Relationships in the Digital Age

Author: Abbie E. Goldberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190692057

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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Whereas adoption was once a private affair cloaked in secrecy and sealed records, adoptions in the US today are increasingly open - that is, birth and adoptive families meet and become acquainted before the adoption, and remain in contact once it is complete. Experts agree that open adoption comes with many benefits for both birth families and adoptive families and their children, but what does it actually look like for families experiencing it, and what can we learn from those experiences? Open Adoption and Diverse Families reveals the strengths, vulnerabilities, daily struggles and triumphs of adoptive families today. Drawing on extensive interviews with lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parents, many of whom adopted transracially, psychologist Abbie Goldberg confronts the extraordinary questions that open adoption poses: How do adoptive parents feel about openness when they first learn about it, and why do their feelings change over time? How does contact unfold and evolve as a child grows? What types of boundary challenges arise between adoptive and birth family members, particularly in the age of social media and networking? How do adoptive parents talk about adoption with their children, and how does this vary depending on level and type of contact with birth families? Confronting head-on difficult subjects such as birth parents' mental illness and racial differences between birth and adoptive families, Open Adoption and Diverse Families chronicles the decisions and dynamics that adoptive parents sign up for when they pursue option adoption, and is a must-read for all families pursuing or experiencing this exceptional approach to building a family.
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Billy Bramble and The Great Big Cook Off

A Story about Overcoming Big, Angry Feelings at Home and at School

Author: Sally Donovan

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784501646

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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"Want to know something else about me? I am Billy Bramble: the King, the President and the Emperor of Bad Lucksville. I am the Chief Executive of Bad Luck Limited, the Bad Luck Champion of the World, the Bad Luck Guinness World Record holder and it's all thanks to my invisible dog Gobber. He's my Bringer of Bad Luck." Billy Bramble likes rude words, smelly farts, loud farts and freestyle sneezing but when BAD THINGS happen, his invisible angry dog Gobber barks in his ears, gives him brain mash and breaks things. One day a competition is announced at school - The Great Big Cook Off - can Billy Bramble defeat Gobber and change his epic bad luck? An irreverent story for children aged 8-12 about a less than perfect boy, this book will inspire any child who's ever secretly thought they might be less than perfect too.
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The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting

The Small Stuff, The Big Stuff and The Stuff In Between

Author: Sally Donovan

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857009591

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 232

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This is not just another book about adoptive parenting. This is the real stuff: dynamic, messy, baffling adoptive parenting, rooted in domestic life. Award-winning columnist and adoptive parent Sally Donovan offers savvy, compassionate advice on how to be 'good enough' in the face of both day-to-day and more bewildering challenges – how to respond to 'red mist' meltdowns, crippling anxieties about new routines and, most importantly, how to meet the intimidating challenge of being strong enough to protect and nurture your child. Full of affecting and hilarious stories drawn from life in the Donovan household, The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting offers parents a refreshing counterblast to stuffy parenting manuals -- read it, weep, laugh and learn.
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Adoption at the Movies

A Year of Adoption-Friendly Movie Nights to Get Your Family Talking

Author: Addison Cooper

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784502758

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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Get your family talking about adoption with the ultimate collection of films to help the whole family to explore their feelings in a fun and safe way. With a film for each week of the year, Addison Cooper has compiled the best movies, new and old, for family-friendly viewing. Among those featured are Finding Dory, Frozen, Paddington, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Star Wars, Divergent, The Blind Side and I am Sam. Carefully selected, the movies included will help families to comfortably talk about important adoption-related topics. They are accompanied by descriptions of the themes and ideas to get the conversations started. Helping all members of the family to explore both the pain and joy of adoption, they cover a range of issues which can arise such as culture, identity, control, and reunification. With something for everyone - from kids, to teens, to grown-ups - this is a must-have for all adoptive families.
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The Healing of Windwalker A Story of Love, Hate and Redemption

Author: Donald L. Chadd

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1682134865

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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At six years of age, the orphaned Windwalker, a.k.a., "Walker", is given to LDS Placement Services by the Navajo Indian tribe to be placed with an adoptive LDS family. In the loving and Christ-centered environment his foster home provides, Walker matures physically, mentally, and spiritually. As the years pass and Walker turns fifteen, he and his foster family anxiously await the necessary tribal consent for his adoption to take place. During this time Walker has a vision in which he sees himself entrusted with the responsibility of getting an urgent message to his people. He is to tell them that they will not become a great nation until they lay down the false traditions of their fathers and take up the true traditions of the ancient ones. As Walker prepares mentally and spiritually for his mission and for the long-awaited adoption, he is unaware of the forces working against him and his family to prevent the adoption. When Walker finds out who is responsible, he puts together a diabolical plan to get revenge. With a hate-filled heart and his vision all but forgotten, he executes his plan and his life spirals out of control. When Walker discovers he is dying, he knows he has reached the point of no return. He is grief-stricken as he realizes that he has failed not only God, but his beloved family and his people. He is afraid there is no hope for him either in this life or in the next so he goes to live alone on a mesa to pray for forgiveness and to await his impending death. Can Walker ever be forgiven for what he has done? Will Walker's urgent message to his people ever be delivered?
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A Matter of Grace

Author: Marion Collier

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1619044471

Category: Nature

Page: 204

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Often life's greatest treasures are found in the most unlikely places. A Matter of Grace is the true story of a tiny dog and her gigantic influence on those she met along the way. Mattie's story is filled with humorous and touching accounts of her healing from deadly mange, living with the menagerie of animals on the farm, walking with her master on paths he fondly remembered, and bringing a message of hope and optimism to everyone she met from the barbershop to the mountains of Colorado to the pulpit. Mattie Grace stepped right out of a trash pile into an old man's heart. Vowing that the pain, suffering, and abuse she endured as a pup would never happen to her again, the man took her in as an orphan and adopted her as if she were his child. She was just a tiny package crammed to overflowing with energy, enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity, charm, and charisma. Mattie became the spark plug of the family and scattered love around everywhere, the way the wind scatters leaves. A Matter of Grace will warm your heart and convince you that life gives second chances. Marion Collier has spoken to thousands of people as a preacher, teacher, entertainer, and motivator. He has walked many paths-woodsman, athlete, honky-tonk musician, crop-duster, oil field worker, skilled marksman, farmer, evangelist, water manager, carpenter, animal lover, and storyteller extraordinaire. He has served at the heart of his community in North Louisiana and has many colorful stories to tell. He lives on his farm near Crowville, Louisiana, with his wife, seven mules, one horse, nine cats, three dogs, over one hundred fowl, and his pet rooster, Little Man. Marion graduated from Mississippi College and holds a Master's Degree in Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Soon

Stories

Author: Pam Durban

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611175348

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Pam Durban's new collection of stories explores the myriad ways people lose, find, and hold on to one another. When all else fails her characters--science, religion, family, self--the powerful act of storytelling itself keeps their broken lives together and fosters hope. Each story in this rewarding and multifaceted collection introduces people who yearn for better lives and find themselves entangled in the hopes and dreams that heal and bind us all. The title story in Soon—chosen by John Updike for The Best American Short Stories of the Century anthology—follows two generations of a family whose lives are driven by the "patient and brutal need that people called hope, which . . . formed from your present life a future where you would be healed or loved." In "The Jap Room," winner of the 2008 Goodheart Prize, a woman tries to help her husband, a World War II veteran, finally come home. "Rowing to Darien" introduces a famous English actress as she rows away from her husband's rice plantation. In "Hush" a gravely ill man encounters himself in the darkness of Kentucky's iconic Mammoth Cave. An adopted child waits for his mother to come back for him in "Birth Mother," and, in "Forward, Elsewhere, Out," a mother must come to terms with her adolescent son's sexuality. The stories in this collection deftly broach universal themes of love, loss, and the redemptive power of storytelling. Durban's writing has been praised for its depth and mastery of characterization, its ability to persuade readers that the lives of the people in her stories are true, that their troubles and pleasures are real enough to matter. The nuanced and artfully rendered cast in this collection wrestles with the big questions that face us all—Why are we here? How are we to live? What matters most? The thirteen stories in Soon have appeared in earlier forms in Atlanta Magazine, Indiana Review, Georgia Review, Carolina Quarterly, Idaho Review, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Five Points, High Five: An Anthology of Fiction from 10 Years of Five Points, New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. The collection includes a foreword from novelist and short story writer Mary Hood, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Prize, Townsend Prize, and Lillian Smith Award.
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Gemmalisa’s Journey

From Orphan with Cleft Lip and Palate to Adopted and Repaired

Author: C. J. Emerson

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1973657902

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 26

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Gemmalisa’s Journey: From Orphan with Cleft Lip and Palate to Adopted and Repaired is an inspirational story to help urge others to consider adopting special-needs orphans no matter how hard or costly it can be. Gemmalisa and other children like her deserve a forever family. God is waiting to direct those that allow themselves to be called to the challenge and blessing. Orphanage life can be hard, but caretakers can do all they can to keep them alive and ready for someone to come and provide a loving home. Come on her journey and see how God took two people from opposite sides of the world and sewed them together with a red thread.
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