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Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting Paperback – November 4, 2014
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"This is by far the best resource I've encountered for equipping and encouraging Christian parents at every stage of the adoption journey--from considering adoption for the first time to parenting an adopted child into adulthood."
--SHAUN GROVES, ambassador for Compassion International and recording artist
About the Author
Mary Ostyn shares encouragement with mothers through her books, speaking engagements, and her blog at owlhaven.net. She lives in Nampa, Idaho with her husband and the youngest six of their ten children, including four daughters born in Ethiopia and two sons born in South Korea.
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We adopted our second son from Ethiopia when he was only 6 months (on paper). Even though he was very young, his little nervous system and neurodevelopment had already endured significant set backs due to both his gestation and his particular abandonment story. I found Ostyn's book provided me with meaningful and practical wisdom in parenting a child from a 'less than optimal beginning." And more importantly, while honest with the complications of such an adoption, she never looses sight of the hope available for our children! Chapters 7 & 8 in particular!
I highly recommend this book to parents, grandparents and support groups who will love on a family before, during, and after the adoption process!
Told from the perspective of a mom in the trenches with 6 very different adoptive experiences, the book is chock-full of helpful and practical advice. Because Mary weaves her personal story in throughout the book, it reads less like a "how-to" book and more like developing a friendship with a mom who has been there, and is still there. I finished the book encouraged and strengthened for our own adoptive journey.
One more thought: The author is a Christian and she shares freely from her faith perspective, but the advice in this book is sound even if you don't share Mary's faith. If you own only one adoption book, this is it!
Mary Ostyn writes with profound wisdom straight from the trenches. She will encourage you, equip you, and inspire you.