Jelly Bean's Tale
About the Book
Jelly Bean's Tale is the endearing story of a child's journey from insecure beginnings in an orphanage to an overturned adoption to the hopes of finding a forever-for-real family. So few books help children with adoption issues to encourage a sense of true security on the road to healing. The main character, Jelly Bean, is a poodle puppy and her travels are easily identifiable to children that have been in the position to wonder what will happen next in my life and when will I really be home.
About the Author
Mary Osgood and her husband, Dean, live in a tiny town in rural Wisconsin with their five children (and five poodles). Three of their children were adopted through foster care and two were adopted after “failed” international adoptions from orphanages in Russia and Ethiopia. Their children’s struggles through foster care and adoption have inspired them to gain therapeutic parenting solutions that enable their family to thrive against many odds. Some of the trainings and techniques that have been instrumental in their kids’ healing process are working with a Trauma and Attachment therapist that specializes in foster care and adoption issues, horse therapy, sensory integration therapy, love and logic techniques, establishing a Reactive Attachment Disorder support group, and creating their kids’ healing stories. Creating photo books and reading and rereading their healing stories has made a tremendous impact on helping their children to process their traumatic pasts so that they can move forward and truly heal. When they realized how rare children’s books on overturned adoptions and other adoption issues were, they felt compelled to use their kids’ triumphs to help other children struggling with the healing process.