A new book has just come out that can help explain adoption to children who have been taken from biological parents due to neglect or harm!
Hootah’s Baby is a story about a mother owl whose life-style choices have made it impossible to be an effective mother. The community steps in to ensure the baby’s safety. It is not about whether or not the mother loves her baby. It is all about mothering skills and the child’s need to be safe.
Hootah’s Baby is a tool to be used to help children of court-ordered relinquishment and/or state custody to understand the complex issues that have led to their current life situation. Helps are included for the adult who reads this book with these children to be able to assist them to open windows of communication that will help them understand basic truths: they are not at fault; the courts are not the bad guys; and their mothers do, in fact, love them. They simply cannot parent any child at that point in their lives.
A customer’s review from amazon.com says:
Hootah’s Baby is well written. Adoption is sometimes or can be a very sensitive subject for a child. Hootah’ Baby addresses this issue in a way children can understand. The illustrations are wonderful and so is the message of this book. If you love owls as I do, the illustrations alone will capture your attention.