“Katie understands what adoptees and their families are facing. She’s been there. Her insights offer hope and compassion not judgment. She presents her ideas in an inviting and approachable way. She’s not looking to scapegoat or criticize, she’s committed to increasing capabilities, awareness and nurturing healthy families.”

Gayle Swift –  Coach, adoptive parent, author of “ABC, Adoption and Me.”

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“This is the most insightful book I’ve read about parenting adopted teens. Naftzger draws from her own experience as an adoptee and a therapist to offer parents practical tools for improving communication with their child, without ever being preachy or prescriptive. Most importantly, she honors the emotions, integrity and intellectual capacity of the adopted teen at every turn, helping parents better understand the complexity of their child’s experience.”

—Nicole Opper, Director/Producer, Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story

“I loved Parenting in the Eye of the Storm. While Katie Naftzger defines her work as ‘The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years,’ I found it to be so very much more. Inside this book I found priceless wisdom and insight into the wounded hearts of adopted teens. The tools Ms Naftzger shares here are like a flashlight and compass for parents to light the way for their struggling adopted teen and bring them home. Well worth the investment of time!”

—Nancy Thomas, author of When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder

“Naftzger provides useful day-to-day insights and practical suggestions for adoptive families with teens. Her book is filled with personal accounts and situations that are both from her personal experience as well as her clinical practice. This combination of lived and professional insight in the adoption world is rare and makes this book a must-have for all adoptive families.”

—Iris Chin Ponte Ph.D., President of Ponte and Chau Consulting Inc. and Director of the Henry Frost Children’s Program