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West Richland, WA, September 3, 2019 – Parenting is hard, especially when parenting a child who has experienced trauma or has extra challenges. You want so much to help your child, but the stress often leaves you feeling hopelessly alone and woefully inadequate.

Who can understand?

In Dancing with a Porcupine, Jennie Owens shares her story of struggling to care for the three children she and her husband, Lynn, adopted from foster care. In attempting to remain loving, giving, and forgiving in the midst of children acting out of their own rage, resentment, and pain from their traumatic pasts, Jennie found herself in a personal crisis, both emotionally and physically. Readers will appreciate the unflinching honesty, garnished with humor, as the author reveals her quest on how to deal with stress that could kill her.

Sherrie Eldridge, an adoptee advocate and published author on the subject, can relate.

“I’ve read and endorsed many books about adoption, but this one stands apart from the rest. I believe every adoptive and foster parent should read this book. In fact, it should be required reading by CPS and adoption agencies. Jennie’s words are a sanity check for moms at the end of their ropes, who believe they can’t possibly continue. She lends the validating and comforting words, “I’ve been there. I made it through the fires of suffering…and you can too,’” Eldridge wrote in her review of Dancing with a Porcupine.

Jennie’s book, is available for purchase today on

The release party for Dancing with a Porcupine will be held at Flat Top Event Center, 4771 W Van Giesen St., West Richard, WA  99353 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Copies of Dancing with a Porcupine will be available for purchase, along with complementary hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Jennie and her husband, Lynn, have parented over 100 children and worked with thousands of families. In addition to an MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in trauma-informed care and therapeutic parenting. She provides trainings at conferences, schools, retreats, and workshops regarding effective, trauma-informed practices and caregiver self-care.