ROXIE THE DOXIE FINDS HER FOREVER HOME by Dr. Jody A. Dean. Tally Ho! Publishing (www.TallyHoPublishing.com), 2016, 42 pp., $23.99. ISBN 978-0-9973453-0-8. Click here to purchase.
It’s hard to imagine not having a family. Even on the days when they drive you nuts, you seem to realize that having one made your life better in so many ways. Stability. Love. Affection. And so on.
A decade or so ago, I worked for a school that serves children from families in financial and emotional need. Because I worked with the pre-enrollment division, I was privy to the personal and medical records of the children whose families applied to have them attend the school.
Their stories and their history were often so sad. Father shot the mother, mother shot the father, a parent was in jail, there was drug use, abuse, acting out (we even had a 4-year-old-girl who would pole dance), the overall lack of care and a stable environment.
There is no greater crime than hurting a child by not giving them a good start in life. The problems often run from generation to generation with no end in sight. Even so, blood is thicker than water, and children will often choose to stay in a bad situation rather than go to an unknown one.
I recall there was a poster on the wall in the pre-enrollment department. The exact quote escapes me but it basically said that you may do many things in life, but the thing with the most impact will be helping a child. Right on.
And so a book that can assist a child in any way is a blessing. ROXIE THE DOXIE FINDS HER FOREVER HOME is a charming book that any child would naturally be drawn to. And who doesn’t love a dog? Kids and dogs go together like summer and ice cream!
But underneath the surface, the purpose is much more important: helping adoptive families make the adjustment to a family plus one. Blending a family that didn’t get its start at birth can be very challenging. It sure doesn’t happen overnight and without some sleepless night, I suspect. Both the child and the established family have a major life transition to go through. We’ve all seen the stories: a mother dies and a best friend steps in and adopts multiple children, etc. Personally, I think couples that step up to adopt any child should be guaranteed sainthood.
Dr. Jody A. Dean wrote ROXIE THE DOXIE. The book also comes with a parent and therapist guide for adoptive families written by professional therapist Renee Smola to help families and caregivers move through the process from foster care to adoption.
When a child moves into a permanent, stable, loving home, everybody wins: the parents, the child and society as a whole. So whether you have already adopted, are just starting the process or are even just in the thinking phase, ROXIE THE DOXIE can help smooth the way to a happy home.
Typically, I keep all my review books, often returning to them for a second or even third read. However, ROXIE THE DOXIE is a book with a very important mission. And so, in the interest of bringing together a child in need with a loving family, and helping that process, I have donated my review copy to our local Catholic Charities organization for their adoption and foster care division.