This is the book the authors wish they had a decade ago as they started out to raise healthy and resilient adopted children – and stay sane in the process.
You’ve completed the paperwork, waited and waited and then waited some more. Then, your adopted child is yours to parent. And you plan to parent them better than anyone has ever been parented before. You’ve trained for this, you’ve prepared for this. You are so ready!
Before long, you realise that the hard work is just starting. You realise that you are dealing with a child who has experienced trauma, and that you need to partner them in healing. You face a world that treats you differently because you are an adoptive family. You start to feel isolated as people tell you “that’s just kids”. You feel like that just isn’t true.
This is where Lionheart comes in. This book was written over two years, a collaboration between four adoptive parents with over a decade of intercountry adoption experience each. It honestly and humorously shares the authors’ issues, mistakes and triumphs – from the early days, the central issue of trauma, behavioural challenges, the therapy and strategy toolbox, and parental self-care. Lionheart chronicles years of trial and error and many (so many!) mistakes, and through shared struggles, successes and learnings will provide you comfort that you’re not alone.Lionheart is a for-purpose venture, with all proceeds from the book supporting a range of targeted projects benefiting vulnerable children in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cambodia, under the banner of Big Love Family Projects. Visit lionheartfamilies.com for resources and project updates.
About the Author
Jodie Hampshire is the author and publisher of Lionheart. A mother of four, she has been an adoptive parent for over a decade. Her professional education was in finance, where she works full-time. Over the years, she's worked in Sydney and London for investment managers, she's been a stay-at-home mum, established a children's fashion line and been a Board director. With her research and logic-based training, she naturally assumed she would be able to figure out adoptive parenting without too many issues. She assumed that plenty of love and enough money could fix everything. She quickly learned how naïve she was. She has particular expertise in therapeutic parenting, post-traumatic stress disorder and older child adoption. Jodie had long murmured about writing a book on adoptive parenting. A bout with breast cancer left her with a renewed commitment to chase her dreams. She easily convinced her collaborators and dear friends to join her in creating the adoptive parenting guidebook they wish they had had ten years ago. Jodie writes with honesty, humour and pragmatism. She says that writing Lionheart has been the cheapest therapy she has ever had. Most of the book was written in ten minute snippets in bed on Sunday morning, on the bus or on a plane returning from a business trip. Her favourite parenting advice is to be unshockable, always. And this too shall pass. Both pearls of wisdom have been applied countless times to her adoptive parenting life. She expects they'll continue to be used with great regularity. Jodie lives with her family near the beach in Sydney. Beyond her family, she is obsessed with her cats, exercise, the ocean, Picnic bars and people with big dreams or big hearts, or even better, both.