How to Use This Blog

A Wayfarer is a person who is traveling, a particular place, a circumstance, a stage of life, etc. Let's walk the road of adoption together. The journey is so much better with company!
Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
You can search by topic in three ways. 1. Go to the "key word" tabs on top and open pages of links in those topics. 2. Use the "labels list" in the side bar or 3. use the "search bar" above the labels list. You can also browse the blog by month and year in the Posts section or in any of the above as well. The sidebar links are to sites outside of this blog. While I feel they provide good information, I can not vouch for each site with an approval rating. Use your own discernment for each. If you have more to add to the topic, please add it in the comment section of that page or post.
And, please link to The Wayfarer Adoption Blog by putting my button on
your blog so others can use this resource too. Please link to this blog when ever you can and whenever you re-post things (or images) you have found here. Thanks!
The solid tabs are links to my other blogs for books and family. Check them out if you are interested.
Welcome to the journey!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Book Review: The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis

I picked up a copy of The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis after hearing a lot about it. It is a great book with lots of great information and practical solutions. It is easy to read and does not go into lots of technical or medical language. It uses terms and ideas your average parent can relate to, grasp and put into practice. I would highly recommend this book for parents who have adopted kids at any age. The only complaint I would have is so very minor, it does not really give ideas for what your child should be doing or how to decide if the child's behaviour is attachment related or not. Nancy Thomas has this in her books and so, again, I still recommend that you have a variety of books in your library for your own resource. Even without that, The Connected Child is one of the best books I have read, it is a must have in my opinion. In addition this book has a lot of great solutions and ideas that work for kids who have other complexities such as Asperger's Syndrome or other neurological differences which cause them to have similar symptoms of a child with attachment issues. I would say this is truly a book for a child who is wounded by family or biology. Below are some links you can use to investigate and buy this great book.

The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis 
you can listen to a broadcast by her on Family Life Today here
or check out the web site here and another one here
Apparently there are many videos of her on line if you google Karyn Purvis you can watch some. 


  1. I heard part one of this broadcast today and will certainly order this book. Good to read about someone who has experienced it first hand.



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