When faith, endurance and creativity are not enough, what’s next?

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Parenting is hard. So what do you do when you’re parenting a child who has experienced trauma or has extra challenges?

You often feel alone and inadequate. You want so much to help your child, but you are at the end of your own rope. You feel guilty that sometimes you want to just quit.

What can you do — how can you make it through the day — how can you help your child while also taking care of yourself?

Maybe someone you love is parenting a traumatized child. Or perhaps you are a social worker, counselor, or other professional who sees families like these every day. You want to know how to better help them.

In Dancing with a Porcupine, Jennie Owens shares with humor and raw honesty the compelling story of her struggle to save her own life while caring for three children she and her husband adopted from foster care. How could she stay loving, giving, and forgiving in the midst of a daily battle with children acting out the rage, resentment, and pain of their own traumatic pasts?

When faith, endurance, and creativity are not enough, what’s next?

Jennie’s children, who are now adults, have bravely chosen to have their stories told in the hopes that it can help other children who’ve experienced trauma. To quote Parker, one of the Owens’ children, “I want my story to be told if it will help other kids.”

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Adoptive mom, Speaker, Author

Jennie Owens

Jennie is a co-founder at Forever Homes, a nonprofit organization supporting parents of special needs children. She leads retreats for foster and adoptive moms and provides training to prospective foster parents. She also does one-on-one coaching with parents through the counseling clinics she and her husband, Lynn, started. In addition to working in various group homes, she and Lynn have adopted four children, who were ages ,10, 10, 7 and 2 when they became family.
Over the decades, I?ve read and endorsed many books about adoption, but for this one, I say, ?Every adoptive and foster mother should read this book. In fact, it should be required reading by CPS and adoption agencies.? So many books explain behaviors of kids with attachment disorder, but this leaves the reader somewhat in the cold. Bring them into the Jennie?s day-to-day mothering and the realities and the how-to?s become crystal clear.

– Sherrie Eldridge

Author, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew? (Random House, 1999)

Within the pages of this book, Jennie tells a story of a difficult relationship. She tells of her own hurting, her own successes and her own failures. She tells a story that we all know in some way: Relationships are hard, but be encouraged, the tough things are also the most rewarding.

– Kristin Berry

Co-founder of confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com, Author, Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey (New Leaf Press, 2017)

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Dancing with a Porcupine

This week I had the pleasure of meeting the Owens family. Jennie Owens, Author recently published her first book, "Dancing with a Porcupine," where she opens up about her journey as a foster and adoptive parent.She hopes that her story will help the world better understand the trauma wounded children face after being left behind in the foster care system.Her story is a powerful one, and I encourage you all to listen.(I apologize for no name titles or an anchor toss-- we had technical difficulties airing today so this is downloaded directly from my Premiere project.)Full story here: https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/dancing-with-a-porcupine-local-woman-writes-book-on-foster/article_774fec1c-d687-11e9-a814-13dffff6fce9.html

Posted by KNDU Jasmine Darakjy on Friday, September 13, 2019

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