I belong to a support group for adoptive families that is run by Reach here in Visalia. The leader is a wonderful woman (social worker) who just helps and helps and helps. Reach has a lending library from which you can borrow books and this is the third I've borrowed in about a month! Anyway, the group leader picked up this book, emailed me right way, and brought it to me at our next group meeting. I took it from her, flipped through it, and immediately found an entire section on sleep! You have no idea how ecstatic this made me. The circumstances of Ephraim's past affect his sleep more than anything else and I've been struggling with how to handle this. I read books and articles about helping your baby sleep through the night and sleep training, etc. and my mind goes, "Yeah, but you can't use that technique with a baby who has my son's background of institutionalization, etc." And I've never read anything on sleep as it relates to adoption. But I have now!
I went home and read that section to Chris and just felt so relieved and like it was going to be okay. It validated for me that our instincts when it comes to Ephraim's sleep are correct, it affirmed us in what we've already taught him in regards to sleep, and it gave us our next steps. And that's just one chapter of this amazing book!
So if you are an internationally adoptive family, pick up this book. It is a Godsend.