From navigating difficult behavior to understanding their inner emotional worlds, parenting an adopted or foster child brings unique gifts and challenges. Children who have been adopted or shuttled through the foster care system experience trauma at a much higher rate than other kids—more so than veterans—which can make it difficult to trust, relax, regulate their emotions, and connect with their new families. Learning how to heal attachment trauma, attune to your children, identify triggers, and create felt safety is essential to providing the loving, supportive, and stable home they need to thrive. Therapist (and adoptive mom) Barbara Tantrum has written the book she wishes she had when she began her own foster and adoption journey. Written for parents of adopted and foster kids of all ages, The Adoptive Parents' Handbook offers up real resources for handling sleep issues, food hangups, anger, fear, and reactivity.