Copyright © 2004
Karen J. Foli
Rodale Books Paperback
"A superb and deeply felt book. Karen Foli is at once
knowledgeable, compassionate, and incisive. This book, through its
honesty and wisdom, will help all who read it."
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., Harvard Medical School faculty
member and author of "Driven to Distraction" and other
parenting and psychology books
is the book the adoption world has been waiting for! Drs. Foli
and Thompson combine personal and professional expertise to thow
off the shroud of romanticism that has silenced the hearts of adoptive
parents for decades. Birthing an adopted child into the family is
just as taxing, and probably more so, than giving physical birth-
yet others believe that there is no special aftercare needed for
the parents. As an adoptive grandmother, I wish our adult children
who adopted would have had this well-researched resource."
Author of "Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents
Knew" and "Twenty Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need
Purchase The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming
the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption
and John Thompson
Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption
THE POST-ADOPTION BLUES: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption
is a groundbreaking book, the first of its kind to offer an explanation
of the dynamics of parental stress and depression once a child is home
and the strategies to help adoptive parents cope with these emotions.
Written by a truly unique team: Karen J. Foli, a registered nurse, and
her husband, John R. Thompson, a psychiatrist, have two children by birth
and are themselves adoptive parents who struggled with post-adoption depression
after their daughter came home. "We want this book to bring those
unspoken emotions into the open and to mark the start of a new era of
conversations about post-adoption feelings," say the authors, who
are staunch supporters of adoption.
the heart of the THE POST-ADOPTION BLUES are the expectations parents
hold of the post-adoption experience and how the differences between those
expectations and reality, create stress and depression. This book also
gives these emotions a name: post-adoption stress and depression and compares
them to postpartum blues and depression. Addressed in the book are questions
concerning this sensitive time, including: Where can parents turn when
the anticipated parent-to-child bonding occurs slowly? How can they handle
feelings of grief over the birth child they couldn't have? What can they
do when the child they so eagerly awaited arrives with unexpected needs?
addition to expert advice and personal stories and solutions, THE POST-ADOPTION
BLUES also provides a plethora of resources to turn to for further information,
from a glossary of terms to an extensive list of books on the subject,
support groups around the country, and websites to visit. A vital work,
it offers parents the understanding and help they need to know a love
that can lead them and their child to become more than they ever thought
they could be.
Karen Foli and John Thompson for keynote speaking and seminars.