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Healing Together: Essential Reads for Parents of Adopted or Fostered Children Facing Past Traumas


Healing Together
Healing Together

Every child carries a story, and for adopted or fostered children who have faced adversities, their stories may be filled with complex emotions and challenges. As parents, understanding and supporting these children requires deep empathy, patience, and knowledge. Literature can be a powerful tool in this journey, offering insights into the experiences of these children and providing guidance on how to nurture their healing.


This list features books that delve into the hearts and minds of children who have been through a lot, and offers parents the tools and understanding needed to help them thrive.


The Connected Parent

by Lisa Qualls and Karyn B. Purvis


Building on the principles of "The Connected Child," Lisa Qualls and Dr. Karyn B. Purvis offer real-life stories and insights for parents navigating the complexities of adoption and foster care. "The Connected Parent" is a testament to the transformative power of love and connection.





No-Drama Discipline

by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson demystify the art of discipline, emphasizing the importance of connection over confrontation. "No-Drama Discipline" offers a compassionate approach, helping parents understand their child's behavior and respond with love and understanding.




Wounded Children, Healing Homes

by Jayne Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley, and Timothy J. Callahan


Addressing the unique challenges faced by adoptive and foster families, this book by Jayne Schooler and co-authors provides insights into the traumas these children often carry. "Wounded Children, Healing Homes" is a beacon for parents, offering strategies to foster healing and connection.









The Connected Child

by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine


Dr. Karyn B. Purvis and her co-authors present a guide for parents of adopted or fostered children with challenging pasts. "The Connected Child" emphasizes the power of understanding and attachment, offering practical tools to build trust and nurture healing.





The Primal Wound

by Nancy Verrier


Delving deep into the core of adoption, Nancy Verrier explores the profound impact of separation between a child and their birth mother. "The Primal Wound" offers a compassionate understanding of the often unspoken trauma, helping adoptive families recognize and address the underlying emotions.












The Secret Daughter

by Kelly Rimmer


Kelly Rimmer crafts a poignant tale of love, loss, and identity. When journalist Sabine discovers she's adopted, she's propelled on a journey to find her biological parents. As she unravels her mother's heartbreaking decision during a tumultuous period in Australia's history, "The Secret Daughter" beautifully explores the intricate web of family secrets and the enduring strength of a mother's love.



Raising a child who has faced past traumas is a journey of love, resilience, and understanding. The right books can offer a window into their world, helping parents to connect, support, and heal alongside their children. While every child's experience is unique, the shared wisdom in these reads can be a beacon for families navigating the complexities of adoption and foster care. Together, we can create safe spaces for healing and growth through knowledge and compassion. Dive into these books and embrace the journey of healing together.

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