Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home
Join Roxie, a dachshund dog, as she makes the transition from her temporary “Foster” home to her new “Forever” home. Based on a real dog and her experiences, the book is designed to help children through the complicated process of adoption and other family transitions – such as welcoming adopted children into their home, joining step-families and blended groupings, or moving between one separated parent and another.
Adopted children can undergo a wide range of emotions when facing these transitions, joining a new family in a new home, with unknown surroundings and circumstances. Roxie’s story shows children that it is perfectly normal to be afraid or anxious, and to ask questions, and most importantly that they are moving into a loving, caring family and everything will be all right.
The book comes with a “Parent and Therapist Guide for Adoptive Families” written by a professional therapist to help adult caregivers and adoptive parents in guiding children through the transition process. “The Parent Guide” can help parents answer questions, craft talking-points and formulate discussions with the children about adoption. Parents thinking about adopting or having to explain adoption to their biological children will also find the guide useful.
“The Therapist Guide” is written for clinicians to serve as an adjunct to therapy with children in transition (be it adoption, step or blended family or adding a new sibling). The guide can apply to children in any situation involving change, excitement, fear and anxiety.
There is also a “photo-section” in the book with information about the real Roxie, including her e-mail contact so that children can talk directly with Roxie and ask her questions about adoption and other challenges they may not want to ask their caregivers – a safe, fun way for children to express their feelings without feeling threatened. Individual answers to the children’s questions are crafted by Roxie’s real adoptive mother, Jody A. Dean, Ph.D., a psychologist with 28 years experience specializing in children and adolescents.
(Blended families/New sibling/40 pages/2016)
Additional Author: Renee Smola