I Have Roots and Branches

Tapestry Books makes it easy to own this wonderful documentary, a worthy addition to any adoptive family’s DVD collection. “I Have Roots and Branches” is particularly valuable for prospective and current adoptive parents because it features adoptees of varying ages describing first-hand how it feels to have been adopted. The commentary from the adoptees provides insight into the common experiences that they’ve had growing up in their homes, surrounded by the families they know and love. The film conveys a positive, encouraging and honest message about adoption. The film also has great potential value for adoptees….especially children. There is no doubt that adopted children who are in the midst of

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National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

October 15th is an important annual day of remembrance for families that have experienced pregnancy loss or infant death. October has been proclaimed as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy and parts of Australia. As per the Remembering Our Babies website, President Ronald Reagan was the first United States President to acknowledge the month by issuing a proclamation in 1998 which stated, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This

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Introduction: ‘The Girl Behind the Door’

In the adoption world, one often hears about the importance of attachment and attachment-focused therapy. From a literature perspective, there are dozens of non-fiction resources that explain what is attachment, describe techniques for attachment therapy, and highlight specific attachment-focused counselors. However, very few books exist that tell a personal experience of attachment disorders in adopted children and discuss the attachment-focused therapy, or lack thereof, that occurred. “The Girl Behind the Door” is a tragic and emotional account of author John Brooks as his 17 year-old daughter, who was adopted internationally, decided to end her life. This book shares Brooks’s experience as he searches for the answers surrounding his daughter’s suicide

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“I Think About Your Birthparents” – excerpt by Adoption Author Sally Bacchetta

Author and adoptive mother Sally Bacchetta writes about a variety of adoption-related issues from an adoptive parent’s perspective, including thoughts on her child’s birth family. Back in 2010, Sally Bacchetta wrote a book entitled ‘What I Want My Adopted Child to Know: An Adoptive Parent’s Perspective‘. It’s a book that’s noteworthy for its straightforward honesty, and the ten chapters that make up the book cover a lot of ground in just a bit over 100 pages of text. We found Sally’s writing to be very poignant, and we’d like to share some of her thoughts regarding her child’s birth parents: “I think about your birth parents. Often. More often that

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An Insight into “Paloma the Possible”

“Paloma the Possible” is a recently published children’s adoption book that has just been added to the Tapestry Books website. Below, author Gail Lauren Karp, gives some great insight on this valuable resource. “Paloma the Possible is a book that came about organically, over several years, and it continues to grow in organic ways. It originated as an ongoing project that I did with my daughter when she was small, creating characters and talking about difficult subjects — race, identity and the loss inherent in adoption — through fictionalized storytelling. Over the years it grew into oversized volumes filled with text and collage that we’d done together, and finally it

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From the author of “Hi My Name is Hanna and I’m Adopted”

A new addition to the Tapestry Books this week is the recently published children’s adoption book, “Hi My Name is Hanna and I’m Adopted” by Angie Barton. Hear from Angie Barton herself below! “My name is Angie Barton and I am a new children’s book author. I have worked with children of all ages since 1986 as a Nanny, Sleep Specialist, Teacher, Director and Director of Education in the early childhood field. Through my experience I have come in contact with many different family make ups, including foster children and adoption. I had an opportunity to meet an amazing little girl and hear about her story, a story that became

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Happy National Booklovers Day!

In honor of National Booklover’s Day, here are some of our favorite adoption memoirs from the Tapestry Books team! “Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found” by Sarah Saffian “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant” by Dan Savage “Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip: Adopting and Raising 22 Kids!” by Sue and Hector Badeau “Born With Teeth: A Memoir” by Kate Mulgrew “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption” by Amy Newmark and LeeAnn Thieman “ABC, Adoption & Me” by Gayle Swift with Casey Swift

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From Robert Mulkey, author of “This is My Lemonade”

Earlier this year, Tapestry Books added the adoption memoir “This is My Lemonade: An Adoption Story” by Robert Mulkey. Hear from the author himself below! “Relatively few books have been written by adult adoptees about the adoption journey. This book discusses my lifelong experience. It attempts to bring some sort of perspective for everyone involved in the adoption equation by sharing such miscellaneous issues as identity, acceptance and forgiveness. I never set out to be an author. Virtually everyone who heard my story over the years gave me the same response—“You should write a book”. In everyone else’s eyes, my experience was unique and fascinating, something I never considered. My

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New Addition – “The Easter Moose” by Catherine Marshall

“The Easter Moose: One Family’s Journey Adopting Through Foster Care” by Catherine Marshall is a great new addition to the Tapestry Books website! Below is a brief introduction to “The Easter Moose” from the author herself, Catherine Marshall! “‘The Easter Moose‘ is not a how-to manual for those thinking about adopting children through foster care. Nor is it a cautionary tale. Many of the troublesome conditions plaguing foster adoption in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s were remedied by regulations. It is not a vendetta against social services. While there were difficulties with certain social workers and the court system, the county agency provided the necessary financial support for the

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New Addition: ‘Detective Punybutmighty and the Case of the Drool Monster”

Here is a new children’s book that was recently added to Tapestry Books. “Detective Punybutmighty and the Case of the Drool Monster” by Cheri Partain was published in February 2015 and is a great new resource for parents of young children to use when explaining adoption. Below is what author Cheri Partain would like you know: “One of my many roles at Boys & Girls Aid, where I work as an adoption clinician, is that of a trainer. Over the years, I have helped provide numerous trainings to prospective families as well as other professionals in the field. At one such training, a young couple asked me if I knew

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