The target audience for this book is caregivers parenting children who have experienced trauma and who are in (or preferably approaching) their teen years. There is also a chapter at the end for professionals and family and friends. Parenting traumatized teenagers can be daunting, and there are fewer books available for parents of these young people to rely upon for help and practical ideas. As a parent who has four children between the ages of 14 and 22, we are in the thick of it, and I honestly wish I had this book several years ago when we first had children in their preteen years!
Sally writes with honesty about so many aspects of parenting traumatized teens, from the small things like getting them to school on time to dealing with illegal behaviors and gut-wrenching decisions such as when it may be time for a young person to move out. She outlines why this period of development is particularly challenging for young people who have experienced trauma in their earlier lives. I found myself nodding, commiserating, laughing, tearing up, underlining paragraphs, and handing the book over to my husband to read portions which are currently particularly applicable to our household. I felt validated and understood. At times, I simply thought, “Yep, we’re on the right track there.” At other points, I had some “ah-ha” moments where something on our journey suddenly made sense. I walked away with new strategies and ideas, and I was encouraged to care for myself so that there is something left of me when all these young people have…
Margie Fink: Development Director
Margie received her degree in psychology and has worked in various social work capacities. Margie has been chosen in the past to speak on Capitol Hill about the Adoption Tax Credit. She is a witty foster/adoptive mom who is able to give kids from hard places loving structure while providing unbelievable homemade cooking. Margie co-founded Community Kids, a resource and networking 501(c)3 created to assist foster, adoptive, and relative caregiver families.
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**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.