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The Foster & Adoptive Parent Guide by Carol Lozier, MSW, LCSW- a review

May 28, 2012

Carol Lozer, MSW, LCSW has published a new book that is sure to become a favorite in the foster/adoption community.  “The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide: How to Heal Your Child’s Trauma” is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to implement.  I first noticed Carol’s work through Facebook and Twitter.  Over time, I’ve come to expect and look forward to her weekly Friday blog post, always full of great information and sweet stories.  I was thrilled to receive a copy of her book and read through the majority of it in one sitting.  As a therapist, her book is currently my most reached for, and it frequently sits on the end table right next to my “therapist chair.”

The Adoptive and Foster Parent Guide

The first clue that I would LOVE this book is right on page 2, with Carol’s list of common negative beliefs held by foster and adopted children.  In my own work with adopted children, I am always looking for clues as to the child’s unspoken (well, sometimes spoken!) negative beliefs.    Amazingly, this was only the beginning.  There is so much packed into this tiny book!

  • Easy to understand definitions of the different attachment styles
  • Parent scripts for breaking through attachment style barriers
  • Looking at current behavior to inform us about past trauma
  • Grieving for birth families
  • Family Roles and Triangulation
  • Activities to help heal a child’s past trauma
  • Tips for picking out the right therapist for your child

I am so grateful to Carol for putting so much important information into such a readable book.  So many books about attachment and trauma are dense and difficult to get through, especially for a desperate parent who needs concrete ideas and solutions.  You can order “The Adoptive and Foster Parent Guide: How to Heal Your Child’s Trauma” at  If you order in the next few days, you can use coupon code MAY2012 to receive 15% off of the price of the book- good until the end of May!




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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Austin, Texas specializing in adoption, trauma, and attachment counseling.

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