If you are thinking about adopting or have just adopted or have had adopted children home for years- you absolutely MUST do this!
My gal, Sarah, is an adoption coach/consultant. (I wish I could carry her around in my back pocket! Who couldn't use a good coach on this journey!?) She is putting together a free online book club to study the book The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis. If you've never read the book, do it! In my opinion if you were only able to read one book in preparation for adopting, hands down, this one would be it. Karyn Purvis is a rock star.
Sarah's study starts October 15th- so you still have plenty of time to go out and find the book if you don't already have it in your arsenal. I got mine at a yard sale for 50 cents (top that!) but amazon has used copies right now for about $7. I'm signed up for the study and can't wait. Because no matter what state your family is in (smooth sailing or down in the trench) all of our children deserve to feel more connected and us parents deserve to be supported in fostering that connection. You can read more about Sarah's study and sign up HERE!
And now for the second adoption resource...
Have you heard of the Celebrating Adoption Photography Network? They are a group of professional photographers all over the US who have a passion for adoption. They love adoption so much that they will donate their time and do photography sessions for adoptive families for FREE! That's right- FREE. If you've ever paid for a professional photo shoot for your kids- you know just what an expensive endeavor that can be. You can't beat free with a stick- so if you've adopted a child of any age in the last 12 months, you qualify for a session with an amazing photographer. You can click HERE to find out more info about the Celebrating Adoption program and find a photographer in your area who participates.
I found out about this program when a local photographer (and Millions of Miles reader!) contacted me and told me about it! I am so glad she did. If you are in the Louisville/Lexington KY area- you must check out Lizzie Loo Photography. Her work is gorgeous! She captures the most precious candid photos of children I've ever seen. We have our free session scheduled with her tomorrow- I can't wait to share the photos with you all! Plus- Lizzie Loo Photography is donating goodies for our retreat ladies. A company that loves and celebrates adoption and that wants to shower stressed out moms is a double winner in my book!
Sign up for the book study and book a photo shoot! Take advantage of all the resources out there for you- that's what they are there for! Get ya some!