Remembering Gregory C. Keck

Earlier this year, one of the most widely recognized authors and psychologists in the adoption field passed away. Gregory C. Keck, PhD., wrote the renowned adoption books: “Parenting the Hurt Child”, “Adopting the Hurt Child”, and “Parenting Adopted Adolescents” in addition various many articles. In celebration of Gregory Keck’s work, Tapestry Books would like to highlight one of his articles. In his article “Affirming the Hurt Adoptee’s Reality”, Dr. Gregory Keck focuses on the simple fact of is telling the truth to adopted children. To the common parent, this does not come across as something a surprise; who would actually intend to lie to their children? Keck explains that oftentimes

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Free Ebook – International Adoption of a Preschool Child”

The ebook, “International Adoption of a Preschool Child: 100 Parenting Tips for Your Child’s First Year” will be available free for download through Amazon.com Kindle on the following dates: March 6 and 7; April 17,18, and 19, 2015. The author, Virginia Benner, is an adoptive mother to two children from Korea adopted at ages 4 and 8 years. Throughout her professional career she was a Registered Nurse who also taught parenting classes and conducted a variety of support groups, including an infertility support group. Her personal and work experiences lead us to believe that the the book might be a valuable addition to your resources as adoptive or prospective adoptive

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New Expert Viewpoint – Patricia Dischler

Tapestry Books would like to introduce a new expert for the Tapestry Books Expert Viewpoints page: Patricia Dischler. Ms. Dischler is renowned speaker, consultant, and author in the adoption world with topics including Open Adoption, Child Care, and the Adoption Triad. One of her books, “Because I Loved You: A Birthmother’s View of Open Adoption” was groundbreaking in the world of adoption literature as it is one of the first books ever written to where the story of a birthmother is described with respect and love, instead of criticism and secrecy. This book acts as a memoir for Patricia Dischler and describes her experience and decision when she chooses to

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Explore The Possibilities

by Patricia Dischler Patricia Dischler is an author, professional speaker and consultant helping those who care for and about children to make a difference. Learn more at www.patriciadischler.com. Curiosity is intrinsically linked to problem solving. A quest for answers, a desire to find them, these skills come naturally to children, but often get lost over time as curriculums become filled with specific outcomes and remove the element of possibilities. In order to preserve a child’s capabilities for problem solving, teachers can foster an overall atmosphere for children that will encourage their questions and their sense for exploration. It begins by staying completely open to possibilities – in the children’s abilities

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Ensuring the Safety of Your Child’s Daycare

by Patricia Dischler Patricia Dischler is an author, professional speaker and consultant helping those who care for and about children to make a difference. Learn more at www.patriciadischler.com. As parents, reading stories of daycare centers that have lost children, tied the legs of babies or given the wrong formula to an infant with severe allergies, sends shivers up our spine. We become frightened for our own children’s safety and begin wonder if there is anything we can do to protect them. The good news is that there is something we can do! The following five tips will help you to get a better idea of the safety at your child’s

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Creating A Curriculum

by Patricia Dischler Patricia Dischler is an author, professional speaker and consultant helping those who care for and about children to make a difference. Learn more at www.patriciadischler.com. Creating a plan for the education and development of the children in your care can be both rewarding and daunting. As the stakes are raised in each state to provide the highest quality of care possible for today’s children we are asked to rise to this challenge and create effective curriculum. With choices ranging from prepackaged options to starting your own one lesson plan at a time it can be difficult to be sure you are on the right track. With the

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10 Things Every Birthmother Wants Adoptive Parents To Know

by Patricia Dischler Patricia Dischler is an author, professional speaker and consultant helping those who care for and about children to make a difference. Learn more at www.patriciadischler.com. I often told my son’s adoptive mother how much I loved her and was thankful she was a part of my life. But, like many things I’ve told her over the years, Kathy would already know. Back in 1985 I chose open adoption for my son. Being a birthmother has changed my life forever, and I know that becoming an adoptive parent changed Kathy’s too. We’ve traveled the road of adoption together, with respect and honesty. We’ve shared our hopes, our fears

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“Inside Transracial Adoption” by Gail Steinberg & Beth Hall

One of the first things that caught my eye about “Inside Transracial Adoption Adption” by Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg was that when I was reading the short synopsis on the inside cover of the book reads, “If a book could realistically carry a thirty-odd word title, then this book’s might be something like How to Get to the Place Where It Feels Almost Fun to Let People Wonder How You and Your Kids Could So Clearly Belong to One Another When You Look So Different!” This statement definitely makes a point about how the overall tone of the rest of the book is: an educated and straightforward approach to

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Tapestry Books Free Resources – “The Conundrum of Age Assignment for Children Adopted Abroad”

Tapestry Books is a great website for purchasing adoption and parenting related books and materials! However, Tapestry Books also offers wonderful free resources from professionals in the field of adoption. One of these free resources is an article written by Dr. Jane Aronson titled, “The Conundrum of Age Assignment for Children Adopted Abroad“. Dr. Aronson is a pediatrician, an adoption medicine specialist, and the founded and CEO of Worldwide Orphans, a non-profit organization that provides direct services to orphans and at-risk children in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Serbia and Vietnam. In her article, Dr. Aronson discusses the difficulty many professionals face when they must determine the age of child. This article

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Adoptees Come of Age by Ronald J. Nydam

“Adoptees Come of Age” by Ronald J. Nydam This book draws off of ideas presented in several other books, such as Nancy Newton Verrier’s concept of a “primal wound” in adopted children and the notion of a “Ghost Kingdom” in Betty Jean Lifton’s book “Journey of the Adopted Self.” Nydam, using these ideas and through the true stories of actual adoptees, attempts to understand the complex situations of relinquishment and adoption. This book is heaviliy supported with facts and logical theories into the world of adoptees. However, Nydam does include a spiritual aspect in Adoptees Come of Age. One chapter of the eight is completely devoted to the spirituality of

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