Navigating Without a Compass: Tools to Survive the Challenges of an Adopted Child with Special Needs

Navigating Without a Compass: Tools to Survive the Challenges of an Adopted Child with Special Needs

by Dana Estlund, Sharon Broome

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This is the story of 5-year-old Tyler, adopted from the foster care system, and told through the heart of his adoptive mother. Abused and neglected in his biological home, Tyler developed many defense tactics for coping with his early childhood trauma. He also had intellectual deficits due to his biological mother's use of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy. Tyler was a master manipulator, a survival skill he learned for self-preservation, and he trusted no one. Although his adoptive parents had some preliminary information about him, they were blind-sided when they brought him into their home. Through the eyes of Tyler's adoptive mom and grandmother, this memoir takes us through their journey and the first-hand challenges of parenting a child with special needs. They share their deepest feelings and fears with us. Their story includes valuable tools that were used to keep him safe and preserve their sanity during these tumultuous times. This book is organized into easy-to-read sections and resigned to give parents in similar situations quick access to these tools.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163416073
Publisher: Hope Publishing Partners
Publication date: 12/13/2019
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 255 KB

About the Author

Dana Estlund has lived in beautiful Denver, Colorado for many years and has been blessed with family and friends who have continually supported her. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, she has had a successful professional career in Human Resources. But the dream of becoming a mom was always in the back of her mind. Because she was not able to conceive, she pursued adoption. Her life passion has always been helping others and embracing new ideas. With her caring nature, humor, and positive outlook she welcomed a child with special needs into her home. While tackling the daily challenges of motherhood, she encountered many obstacles along the way. Navigating this journey without a compass, she found herself having to continually advocate for her child through a broken system. Through many highs and lows over the years and many tears in between, this experience has made her a much stronger person. She now knows she can get through anything in life with the support of her "village".

Sharon Broome has had a long career as a Registered Nurse, specializing in home health and hospice care. With her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration, she became CEO of a home health agency in Florida for 16 years. She is an expert in networking with non-profit organizations and creative in finding community resources and funding. After retirement in 2008, she and her husband, moved to Colorado to provide support to Dana and her husband while they raised their son with special needs. She also volunteers as a tutor with a reading program, assisting elementary students to increase their reading skills.

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