I have worked in the field of adoption since the 70s. Placing infants, children from foster care and a few international children. Co-authored Adopting The Hurt Child and Parenting The Hurt child (with Dr Keck) as well as An Adoption-Foster Story Angela and Michaels journey with Christine Mitchell. it is a workbook/coloring book/ story
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The kids (new and old, haha!) are adjusting very well. Little Jaycie is sheer joy and fun (for the most part) as an adorable 3-yr-old, with daddy wrapped around her little finger! The most difficult adjustment is for (and with) Jeffery, who is now 10. He's been through SO much more... and has 95% of the benchmarks of attachment issues--- no surprise, after all he's been through. It is VERY difficult for my (previously youngest) son, Nathan, to "attach" to Jeff, with all of Jeffery's behaviors and quirks, to say it nicely. Nathan, who was initially the MOST excited for the "new kids" coming (of all of our seven children), is now very "disallusioned" with the boy that he'd hoped would be a playmate and good buddy for him-- his new roommate, which most of the time he'd like to "kick out" now!!! I'm sure you've seen it before... We don't have enough bedrooms for them to separate (my oldest son already moved into the den), so I don't know what to say to him.... Any ideas? Thanks for asking. Probably didn't know what a loaded question it would be! I'm sure I'm not the only mom facing similar dilemnas. I appreciate your help, Regina.
Oh- and WELCOME to Adoption Voices! I think I sent you an email months ago inviting you to join-- perhaps others invited you, too! Your experience and training will be a very valuable asset 'round here! Becky
Hello, Regina! So good to "find" you here on AV! I met Greg Peck at the ATTACh Conference in September--- sorry I didn't have the pleasure of finally meeting YOU after talking for almost three years! I truly had a wonderful time there, and was glad to also get to know Lynn Wetterberg a little better. Hope to cross paths with you soon! Becky Wright (I'm singing and Keynote speaking at a conference in Louisville this weekend.) www.beckywrightsongs.com