Another Survival Issue For Adopted Teens

Suicide – Another Survival Issue For Adopted Teens I’ve described the adoption story for some as one of survival. Adoptees survived a tenuous situation that others did not. Adoptees will often go to great lengths not to be abandoned again. Originally, they...

Reflections – Start Where You Are

I’ve been reminded through my work with families this week that all you can do is start where you are. No more, no less. Even when you believe that you should have known better, or when your best doesn’t feel like enough, you can make peace with it....

Why Join the Group?

I’ve literally been facilitating groups my entire career as an adoption therapist. Like family work, groups are more powerful than the sum of their parts. Adoptive parents appreciate the practical tips that are specific to their situation and feel more empowered...

Intersection of Adoption and Teenhood

“Adoption and teenhood are inextricably intertwined. Physical changes include growth spurts, weight gain and acne along with facial hair and voice changes for boys and periods for girls. When teens look more mature and sexually developed, they’re viewed...

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

You’re invited to celebrate the launch of my book, “Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years.” More Than Words empowers foster care youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a...

On Being Savvy, Not Sneaky

(page 78 Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years) 10. Be savvy, not sneaky. Sometimes parents think that their teen is up to something but can’t put their finger on exactly what it is. Or they know but they...