by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
A book release party for Stacy Manning, a registered nurse who wrote a book about creating a “safety net” for their children, will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, noon to 2 p.m., at Reading Frenzy in Elk River.
Maning, of Zimmerman, wrote Adoptive Parent Intentional Parent: A Formula for Building & Maintaining Your Child’s Safety Net as a resource for adoptive families.
“Every child who has been adopted has suffered a breech in attachment; no adopted child is exempt,” states Manning.
She elaborates that, in addition to attachment issues, some children also suffer with difficult behavior issues emanating from reactive detachment disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, grief, anxiety, sensory issues and trauma.
The author’s concept of creating a safety net to help adopted children heal “combines the value of knowing yourself, the power of knowledge, specific tools and techniques that work in everyday life, and the keys to maintaining the net over time,” states a press release from Reading Frenzy.
Manning lists her occupation as post-adoption family coach and educator. She and her husband are raising (and home-schooling) six teenage children (three adopted) on a small hobby farm near Zimmerman.
The couple has helped families of children struggling with difficult behavior issues, according to the press release. Manning created Hope Connections, LLC, in 2011, to provide support, family coaching, educational workshops, sensor tools, a hands-on learning system she developed, and a monthly newsletter with helpful tidbits.
Reading Frenzy is located at the Elk River Area Arts Alliance gallery, 609 Main Street.