About Adopt America Author's Event
Okay, Which One of You Took My Sanity? – A Fun Guide to Foster, Adoptive, and Other Kinds of Parenting is a humorous he-said/she-said breakdown of parenting strategies. Hilarious true-to-life stories reveal common threads between two families facing unique challenges and even more unique children. Together the stories encourage other parents to embrace change rather than “fix” family dynamics. Matt and Claudia, both adoptive parents, each exhibit distinctive parenting styles within their own adoptive families. Still, both apply the same principles to pilot the demands of special needs parenting. Fun and laughter might be the primary intention of this “Dr. Phil meets Erma Bombeck” concoction, but it ruptures with insightful parenting techniques. In between laughs, you might discover that there is something very profound about being a parent… but probably not.
In celebration of National Adoption Month, authors Claudia Fletcher and Matt Hoffman will offer valuable insight to adoptive parents. The panel discussion will be followed by questions and answers, a dessert reception and book signing. Tickets are $10 and will benefit Adopt America Network’s adoption programs. Adopt America Network is a Toledo-based, national adoption charity helping children in U.S. foster care find permanent, loving families.
Claudia Fletcher, B.A., M.Ed, is an adoptive parent, along with her husband, Bart, of 12 children born between 1986 and 1998. She is also an adoption professional and a national adoption speaker who combines humor with years of experience to encourage, instruct, and entertain parents and professionals alike. She resides in Minnesota with her husband and some of the twelve children (the number of people living at home changes on a daily basis)!
Matthew graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and spent time working in special education classrooms and healthcare. He and his wife, Krista, were licensed foster parents in the Baltimore/Washington area specializing in therapeutic care for nearly a decade. Their book, Hattie's Advocate, a story of special needs parenting has remained an online bestseller under adoption, children with special needs, and family relationships categories.