The reason I first started writing this eBook was similar to the reasons that I started Adoption Magazine. I had myself experienced hard times during different stages of our fostering and adoption journeys and had heard from countless families who were themselves struggling, whether it be in the wait before bringing a new child into their family or in the weeks, months, or years after. A common sentiment expressed was frustration at the lack of education and resources available for families. I often heard words such as overwhelmed, distraught, shocked, anxious, nervous, isolated, guilty, depressed, exhausted, and hopeless. There is no doubt in my mind that adoption and foster care can be very rewarding, but they do not come without cost.
Self-care is one of those things that I am still better at preaching than practising, but that does not diminish its importance. In fact, at the recent FASD Conference I attended, one of the main speakers as well as several of the other speakers stressed the importance of caregiver self-care and that an upcoming concern is the fallout from lack of caregiver self-care, including such things as a shorter life span and treatment for depression and stress-related illnesses. Its priority is often overlooked or minimized.
My hope is that my new eBook, “Shield: A Framework of Self-Care for Foster and Adoptive Families” will offer support, practical suggestions, and encouragement to those in all stages of the foster or adoption journey. My desire is for others to learn from some of my mistakes, as well as from my successes. I hope that others will find it helpful.
What you can do:
-of course, I would love it if you would buy the book! Click here to read testimonials and purchase information.
-help spread the word! For this week only, I am offering a 20% discount to anyone who commits to help promote the book by Facebook, twitter, e-mail, word of mouth, or writing a review on their blog. Simply enter the word promote at checkout. (note: this discount not available on Kindle format)
-tell your adoption professional, adoption agency, or foster agency. I believe that getting this into the hands of foster and adoptive families will increase their chances of success.
-become an affiliate. Once you have read the eBook, if you feel that it would be something that you would like to get behind, you can sign up as an affiliate and make 30% commission for each one sold through your affiliate link. Click here for more information.
-pray or wish or hope for this endeavour. I want to reach as many families as I can and help them to feel hopeful and encouraged.
Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me!