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Let’s Learn about Adoption – Book Review

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From the Cover of Let’s Learn About Adoption: The Adoption Club Therapeutic Workbook on Adoption and Its Many Different Forms by Regina M. Kupecky, LSW:

“There are many kinds of adoption—and in this workbook the children of The Adoption Club learn about all of them!

The children of the Adoption Club are all different. There’s Mary who was adopted from China by her single mum; Alice who is still in touch with her birth parents in an ‘open adoption’; siblings Angela and Michael who lived in different homes for many years but are now back together; Robert who loves to do stunts in his wheelchair and Alexander who grew up with lots of children in a care home.

Written for counselors and therapists working with children aged 5–11, as well as adoptive parents, this workbook is designed to help children understand adoption in its many forms. It is one of a set of five interactive therapeutic workbooks featuring The Adoption Club written to address the key emotional and psychological challenges adopted children often experience. They provide and approachable, interactive and playful way to help children to learn about themselves and have fun at the same time.”

Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, has a Master’s Degree from John Carroll University. She has worked in the field of adoption for over 30 years. She currently works with children with attachment disorder and their families at The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio (www.abcofohio.net) and conducts training nationally and internationally on many adoption and attachment-related topics. Regina is the co-author with Dr. Gregory C. Keck of the best-selling books Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child.


Grade:

5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

The target audience is adopted children and their families. Adoptees in the book represent foster care, domestic, kinship, and international adoptions by single, married, and same-sex parents. The adoptions represented vary in levels of openness with birth families, in placement with or separate from siblings, and in cultural compositions. This is one book in a series of therapeutic workbooks by Regina Kupecky (our interview with Regina Kupecky). One child (adoptee) reviewer enjoyed reading about the characters’ adoption stories and liked the questions that were asked in the book stating, “It gives me courage to talk about things I didn’t want to talk about before.” Another child (adoptee) reviewer did not like that there were workbook questions after each page or so of the story as it “interrupts the story too much,” but said that the book overall was good to use for discussion. We will note that while reviewing the book, we read the book and answered the questions in entirety in one sitting. Realistically, with the intensity of topics and emotions discussed, it would be better to break it up into several times of sitting down and reading and discussing, which would make the questions not seem so frequent. Overall our reviewers found the book helpful in starting healthy conversations about the situations and emotions involved in adoptions, and we highly recommend this book along with the other books in this series.


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It’s Your Turn:

Use the therapeutic discussion questions and activities in the book. Then keep the discussion going with others.

  1. What did your family like or dislike about this book?
  2. Was this book helpful for your family?

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Friends, Bullies, and Staying Safe – Children’s Book Review

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From the Cover of Friends, Bullies and Staying Safe: The Adoption Club Therapeutic Workbook on Friendship by Regina M. Kupecky:

“Friendship is so complicated! The children of The Adoption Club think they are friends—they go to the same school and belong to The Adoption Club.

But what does it mean? Are there different types of friendships? How should you respond to teasing? It’s time for The Adoption Club to explore the confusing world of friendship and bullying.

Written for counselors and therapists working with children aged 5–11, as well as adoptive parents, this workbook is designed to help children explore friends, staying safe and social skills. It is one of a set of five interactive therapeutic workbooks featuring The Adoption Club written to address the key emotional and psychological challenges adopted children often experience. Together, they provide an approachable, interactive and playful way to help children to learn about themselves and have fun at the same time.”

Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, has a Master’s Degree from John Carroll University. She has worked in the field of adoption for over 30 years. She currently works with children with attachment disorder and their families at The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio (www.abcofohio.net) and conducts training nationally and internationally on many adoption and attachment-related topics. Regina is the co-author with Dr. Gregory C. Keck of the best-selling books Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child.


Grade:

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

The target audience is adopted children. Adoptees in the book represent foster care, domestic, kinship, and international adoptions by single, married, and same-sex parents. This is one of a series of therapeutic workbooks by Regina Kupecky (our interview with Regina Kupecky). Our child (adoptee) reviewer found it helpful and encouraging to read about the hard times the characters in the book were going through and difficulties they had in relationships with peers. The reviewer could particularly relate to difficulties related to making and keeping friends when moving frequently. The reviewer stated that the book shows adoptees what they need to do to make friends and how to handle teasing and bullying related to adoption and said that the questions in the workbook “are outstanding.” The book utilized a circle diagram resembling a target to discuss levels of closeness in relationships. The child reviewer  described the visual as “nice” and “outstanding” and stated that it helps “for you to organize people.” Overall our reviewers found the book helpful and recommend this book along with the other books in this series.


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It’s Your Turn:

Use the therapeutic discussion questions and activities in the book. Then keep the discussion going with others.

  1. What did your family like or dislike about this book?
  2. Was this book helpful for your family?

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Shaoey and Dot – Adoption Book Review

shaoey-and-dot-chapman-book-review-rectangleFrom the Cover of Shaoey and Dot by Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman:

“‘There is a cry that’s the saddest of all. In fact, it’s unlike any other. It comes from a deep, empty place in your heart that can only be filled by a mother.’

Fly along with Dot, the ladybug, on her heartwarming journey where she finds and befriends a ‘lost little bundle of love’—a baby girl left on a pathway near a Chinese village. Little does the curious ladybug know, her journey has just begun. She soon finds herself leaping oceans and continents to accompany her new friend Shaoey to a place that she’ll finally call home.

Shaoey and Dot, written by recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, whimsically tells the life-changing experience of the Chapman family bringing the first of their three little girls home from China. Adoptive families and families of all kinds will enjoy this uplifting tale of hope, faith, and finding the perfect home in the heart of a forever family.”

Grade:

5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book [#] Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book seems to be children ages 3-7 years old. It also appears that the story was written for families formed through international adoption but would also be a good tale for people introducing international adoption to kids. The authors themselves are adoptive parents and this book draws on their personal experience.

The illustration are colorful drawings that do an adequate job of assisting the story as it progresses. Young children will be able to connect visually with both main characters, a ladybug named Dot and an infant girl named Shaoey.

Shaoey and Dot takes readers through the journey of a Chinese infant as she is adopted by parents from another country. The whole tale is from the point of view and observations of a ladybug that befriends the little girl. Dot the cartoon ladybug makes the story engaging for young children. She appears to make the book into a good story that children will enjoy as opposed to just an ordinary recounting of a little girl’s adoption.

Transfiguring Adoption once again feels that families formed by adoption or wanting to introduce children to the concept of international adoption will do well to utilize this book.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why does Shaoey need a family?
  2. Why did Dot say were the reasons Shaoey cried?
  3. Did Shaoey’s adopted family love her? Why do you think that?

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