• 9780824515140
Holly van Gulden (Author)

Real Parents, Real Children

Parenting the Adopted Child

An indispensable handbook on adoption, Real Parents, Real Children provides insight on what can be a beguiling process. Holly van Gulden brings three decades of experience as an adoption counselor to bear on the challenges and joys…

Essential reading for all adoptive parents, those considering adoption, and the professionals who serve these families.—Susan Freivalds, executive director of Adoptive Families of America
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  • Title: Real Parents, Real Children
  • Subtitle: Parenting the Adopted Child
  • Page Count: 288
  • Available Formats: Trade-paper (9780824515140)
  • Edition: Trade Paper
  • Original language: English
  • Retail US: Trade-paper (24.95)
  • Retail Canada: Trade-paper (27.95)
  • Retail Canada: 27.95

Holly van Gulden (Author)

Since 1985, Holly van Gulden has been teaching and counseling adoptive and foster parents and training adoption professionals. She has worked throughout the United States, England, Scotland, and Canada. In addition, for over fifteen years, she has codirected Adoptive Family Counseling Center. Van Gulden's refreshing blend of humor and compassion has led her to be invited back repeatedly to speak before such national and international organizations as Adoptive Families of America and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. She also serves as a consultant to numerous clinics, residential treatment centers, and adoption agencies in the United States and the UK. Van Gulden has coauthored many books and is also a columnist and regular contributor for Adoptive Families, Pact Press, and Face Facts. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and is completing her master’s thesis for St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She, herself, is an adoptive parent who grew up in a multiracial, international family comprised of six children born to the family, four adopted children, and several foster brothers and sisters. This blend of professional and personal experience has given her extra insight into what it’s like to grow up adopted and to parent through adoption. A past-president of OURS (now Adoptive Families of America) and of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, van Gulden is a member of the American Psychological Association.

  1. "Here are insights no adoptive parent can do without. Better get two copies−one for you, and one for the grandparents. Highly recommended."
    --PACT, an adoption alliance
  2. "Regardless of the details of your adoption, you’ll find issues that concern you in this comprehensive book."
    --OURS, The Magazine of Adoptive Families
  3. Though writing for the adoptive parent, the authors have produced a book that will also be useful for professionals working with adoptive families. One fear among expectant parents is whether they and their child will be close. Adoptive parents ask, 'Can I love an adopted child the same as I would a birth child?' Beginning with bonding of child to parent, the authors do a fine job on the developing child, covering early infancy through adolescence. Leading authority Van Gulden offers practical advice for parents on how to talk with their children about adoption and how to help them through the rougher times of growing up adopted. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries with strong reader interest in this area.
    --Library Journal

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