New Book Dispels Romantic Assumptions About Adoption

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Adoptive families provide inside look at post-adoption struggles and how the community can help

Adoption marks the growth of a family, but the process of integrating a child into their new family often defies stereotyped ideals.

Often stemming from attachment issues and a history of trauma, adopted children may have difficulty forming relationships within their family, especially with their adoptive parents. Author Shannon Guerra combines her personal experience and the perspectives of other families to give a transparent and compassionate look at post-adoption challenges in “Upside Down: Understanding and Supporting Attachment in Adoptive Families.”

In her insightful handbook, Guerra contrasts our culture’s idealistic assumptions about adoption with the harsh truths that accompany adoption. With gritty, spiritual, and humorous writing, she highlights reasons behind difficult behaviors in adoptive children and the counter-intuitive ways families learn to respond to these behaviors.

In addition to being an empowering resource for families, the book is a quick, straightforward read for community members and extended family members who need to know how to effectively support these families. Guerra offers strategies that equip teachers, medical professionals, churches, and other support systems with the knowledge they need to help these families without causing unintentional harm.

“Adoptive parents often feel alone,” Guerra said. “Upside Down sends the message that they aren’t alone, and that the communities around them can be equipped to make sure they never feel that way again.”

“Upside Down: Understanding and Supporting Attachment in Adoptive Families” is an insightful tool that is bringing hope to adoptive and foster families. For more information on the author and book, please visit

“Upside Down: Understanding and Supporting Attachment in Adoptive Families”
By Shannon Guerra
ISBN: 9781512759624 (softcover) 9781512759631 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press

About the author
Shannon Guerra is a lifelong Alaskan who stays warm by running around after her seven kids – five by birth and two by adoption. She and her husband, Vince, have been married since 1997. They passionately believe in God’s extravagant love for humanity and His desire to speak and move through His people. Shannon blogs about family, faith, and wholeness at

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