Mountain Ridge Publishing
Critical Acclaim for

What Every Adoptive Parent Needs to Know


"What Every Adoptive Parent Needs to Know
is a must read for adoptive parents, those planning to adopt, and therapists. . . A compelling real-life story of a family struggling to overcome the effects of early abandonment and neglect on their adopted children along with the essential therapeutic keys that ultimately bring the family hope and healing."
—Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D., internationally renowned therapist and author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, Facilitating Developmental Attachment, and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy


"What Every Adoptive Parent Needs to Know offers deep insights into what adoptive families of hurt children deal with on a day-to-day basis. It is not a sanitized overview but rather an intense examination of parent-child interactions in adoption. Cremer-Vogel and the Richards have shared personal aspects of adoption that are not covered in most pre-adoptive trainings. They offer readers the ‘guts’ of adopting children who have been wounded early in life. Prospective adoptive parents should not read this book if they fear truth; conversely, they must read this if they want to know the reality of what they may face.”
—Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio and coauthor of
Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child


“This is just the book that we have been searching for! What Every Adoptive Parent Needs to Know combines a poignant story of adoption and attachment disturbance with professional insights and guidance by Kate Cremer-Vogel, an engaged, empathic, and effective therapist. By integrating current research with keen clinical observations, Cremer-Vogel and the Richards have produced a new standard for understanding and compassionately parenting adopted children. This will become our textbook for staff and parents alike. Thank you!
Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Intermountain (Children’s Home)


"Kate Cremer-Vogel and Dan and Cassie Richards capture the bewildering world of parenting children with attachment difficulties in What Every Adoptive Parent Needs to Know. The Richards open their lives in the book and Cremer-Vogel is expert at connecting the dots between behavior and theory, helping parents and professionals view adoption dynamics in a new way. Using the Richards’ adoption story as a map through the maze of attachment issues, the reader will leave with many suggestions on how to stay on the right path to healing.”
Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, coauthor of Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child

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