Sleep and Adoption

By Julian Davies, MD This article by Dr. Julian Davies was originally published at by the Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington. Reprinted with permission. "People who say they sleep like a baby usually… Read More

Worried that You Don’t Have that Loving Feeling?

Adopting any child over the age of a year makes bonding and attachment a completely different experience. It catches many parents, especially moms, by surprise and often leaves them feeling alone, lost, guilty, angry, sad, and just about… Read More

You Ain’t Crazy – The Impact of Parenting a Child from a Hard Place

April 23rd at 5PM PST Holt is excited to bring you Jayne Schooler, MSB, author, educator, child advocate, project coordinator and her enlightening webinar based on her book “Wounded Children, Healing Homes.” When a child with a history… Read More

Adoption Disruption / Dissolution in the News

There has been a lot of discussion in the adoption world this week regarding a series of articles produced by Reuters about families disrupting their adoptions without agency assistance.  Reuters referred to this practice as “re-homing” and the… Read More

Book Review: “A Place I Didn’t Belong” by Paula Freeman

This book was written by an adoptive mother who went back to graduate school to get her Masters in Social Work (MSW). She currently works in adoption in Colorado. Her book provides a venue for moms to understand… Read More

The Invisible Disability

In a recent article, I wrote about the difficulties parents can face with their “child from a hard place.” The hard stuff doesn’t get enough exposure. The time it takes for older children to securely attach is not… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: Cleft Lip and Palate

By SPOON Foundation Children with a variety of special needs, including cleft lip and palate, are increasingly being adopted internationally. Children with cleft lip and palate are particularly at risk for feeding difficulties, malnutrition, and poor growth.  Potential… Read More

Emotional Regulation – “Felt Safety:” A New Take on an Old Term

Most of you have probably read time and time again about helping your child feel safe, which will enable trust to grow between you and your child, and attachment will follow. In the past, helping a child feel… Read More

The Transition Diet

      By SPOON Foundation The transition diet is one you develop to help bridge the gap between your child’s native diet and what eventually will become her regular diet at home. Ideally this regular diet will… Read More

Adoption Nutrition Tips

By SPOON Foundation While some adopted children come home in bodies that are clearly aching for food, others may appear well-nourished but are similarly suffering from nutrient deficiencies.  Sometimes adopted children are “stunted,” a condition in which insufficient… Read More