ADOPTYMUM – A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO LIFE WITH ADOPTED KIDS!!

AdoptyMum and Co. look like a normal family. So why is she getting uptight when someone offers her son a biscuit? Why is that angelic little girl suddenly shouting at the bus driver?

This is the story of what happens when you can’t give birth to children of your own, and you take on kids whose start in life has been … difficult.

Join AdoptyMum for a bumpy, scary, life-changing and rewarding ride


What Folk Think!!

Adopting children is never easy

  AdoptyMum by Elena Holmes I enjoyed the honesty of the book. Adopting children is never easy. You can anticipate all the problems in the world before you adopt and think about how to challenge them but the issues in reality are often the ones not thought of! This story demonstrates this. It was interesting… Read more “Adopting children is never easy”

Jane Hardingham Senior Supervising Social Worker
Foster care Cooperative
October 22, 2019

…a good read and told the story perfectly with lots of honesty and humour.

I read this book in one day!  It was such a good read and told the story perfectly with lots of honesty and humour.  I have worked in childcare for many years and definitely found it insightful and very useful and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking into adoption or working… Read more “…a good read and told the story perfectly with lots of honesty and humour.”

Kerry Morgan, Works in Childcare
October 6, 2019

…an essential read for anyone planning to adopt.

I would say this is an essential read for anyone planning to adopt and for approved adopters waiting to be placed with a child – an honest authentic account of the early years.

Sheena Winton - Adoptive Parent, Edinburgh
September 21, 2019

I highly recommend this book for adults involved in parenthood.

AdoptyMum is guide on surviving parenthood and raising good kids along the way. Whilst a true tale of the authors experience of adoption, I related to the many situations in raising my own non-adopted children. Elena Holmes has done a fantastic job in sharing her experiences with honesty and humour, showing how caring for, loving… Read more “I highly recommend this book for adults involved in parenthood.”

Ian Lomond - parent
October 22, 2019

…it’s well written with humour, but touches the heart.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this book, written by a friend.  I related to it so well, that for the first time in, well forever, I read the whole book in one day.  I really couldn’t put it down.  I think it’s well written with humour, but touches the heart.  The book is so easy to… Read more “…it’s well written with humour, but touches the heart.”

Jane Book, Adoptive Mum
October 6, 2019

Truly great book… Would love another as a follow-up

Truly a great book.  I would like to think that all teachers and parents would read and understand the traumas for AdoptyFamilies.  I read it in one go!! Would love another as a follow-up!

Janet Marks
October 6, 2019

Just started it… Didn’t want to put it down.

Sadie Louise Cording
October 6, 2019

… you covered so many issues really well and gave a real reflection of what life is like for your family.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Adoptymum. It took me back to so many conversations that we have had in the past about different scenarios and events that you mentioned in the book. I could almost hear your voice when I was reading it as it felt like you were in the room talking to me! It was… Read more “… you covered so many issues really well and gave a real reflection of what life is like for your family.”

Rachel - Therapeutic social worker And Certified practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) with parents and carers
October 24, 2019

I read it with tears in my eyes whilst also laughing

I have really enjoyed reading your book AdoptyMum. I read it with tears in my eyes whilst also laughing.  It feels really genuine and the experiences were painted so clearly that it made me really feel part of your AdoptyFamily.  I believe it teaches adoptive parents and any parents for that matter to just accept… Read more “I read it with tears in my eyes whilst also laughing”

Raluca Miklovits, Life Journey Work Coordinator
October 6, 2019

It’s certainly a book we will be recommending

ADOPTY MUM – A survival Guide to life with Adopted Kids By Elena Holmes As a part of preparing new prospective adopters for the journey ahead we are always looking for books written by adopters who can “say it as it is” and this is certainly one of those books. Reality, knowledge and experience is… Read more “It’s certainly a book we will be recommending”

NORRY HUTCHISON
Manager Mid and West Wales Adoption Service
October 22, 2019

“…this book fits firmly on the shelf for ‘must read’ books about adoption…”

There are many books on adoption for prospective adopters, and this book fits firmly on the shelf for ‘must read’ books about adoption. This adoption story adds an approach that is humorous, hopeful and honest. Elena tracks her journey from first thoughts about adoption through five years and looking forward. As an adoptive parent, I… Read more ““…this book fits firmly on the shelf for ‘must read’ books about adoption…””

Joy Hasler MA – Music Therapist and adoptive parent
September 17, 2019

The explanations of how the children see things, and why they react as they do, are well described and helpful

‘Adoptymum’ is a really well written book.  It is honest, heartfelt, painful, and funny.  I started reading and couldn’t put it down. It is the story of one mum’s ( and adoptydad’s) journey into adoptive parenting, it’s joys, embarrassments, trials and sheer survival. With an underlying theme of love for and commitment to their children… Read more “The explanations of how the children see things, and why they react as they do, are well described and helpful”

Sue Topalian MA - Creative Attachment Therapist
September 21, 2019

About Me

I am an adoptive mum of two children who have destroyed everything I knew about weekends, evenings, diets, happiness, tears, movies, anxiety and parenting.

Who knew that 5 and a half years on I still would be a work at home mum because my kids can’t bear the idea of me not being in the house in the day, while they forget about me at school!!

I love them to bits and wouldn’t change our crazy parenting journey much. I’d take out all the yucky IVF medicines and remove some of the traumas both kids have been through, but only for their sakes. Our journey has made us into the people we are today. However, their individual challenges have made them the nutters they are, and now that they are my nutters they can achieve anything they ever want to with our support and love!