Nurturing Adoptions is several long-awaited books in one: a deft overview of neglect and trauma's effects on children and families, a collection of practical pearls for adoptive parents, a best practices primer for child welfare professionals, and a lovely illustration for child therapists of Deborah Gray's state-of-the-art therapeutic approach.
While I do enjoy traipsing around the Pacific Northwest to Deborah's fantastic trainings, it's so nice to finally have this material collected in book form, especially one so infused with hope, wry wit, empathy for all involved, and hard-earned practical wisdom. Her previous book, Attaching in Adoption, which has been our must-read attachment book for parents and professionals, now has a wonderful new sibling.
A very nice place to start for families exploring international adoption. The author interviewed a lot of folks in the field, and put together an excellent collection of country charts, as well as advice on choosing an agency, worksheets for the the paper chase, travel tips, and information about common transitional issues for adoptive families.