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Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home ~ Resource for Adoption

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A Book To Help Children through Adoption and Other Family Transitions

By Jody A. Dean, Ph.D. Illustrated by Susie Lee Jin 

~ Includes Parent & Therapist Guide for Adoptive Families ~

Join Roxie, a dachshund dog, as she makes the transition from her temporary “Foster” home to her new “Forever” home. Based on a real dog and her experiences, the book is designed to help children through the often complicated process of adoption and other family transitions – such as welcoming adopted children into their home, joining step-families and blended groupings, or moving between one separated parent and another.

Just like Roxie, adopted children can undergo a wide range of emotions when facing these transitions, joining a new family in a new home, with unknown surroundings and circumstances. Through Roxie's story, the book shows children that it is perfectly normal to be afraid or anxious, to ask questions, and most importantly that they are moving into a loving, caring family and everything will be all right. Roxie's transition allows children to understand and express how they feel in an easy
and fun way.


The book comes with a written guide by professional therapist, Renee Smola, MS, LPC, to help adult caregivers and adoptive parents in guiding children through the transition process. It can help parents answer questions, craft talking-points and formulate discussions with the children about adoption. Parents thinking about adopting or having to explain adoption to their biological children will also find the guide useful. It is written for clinicians to serve as an adjunct to therapy with children in transition and any situation involving change.




Illustrations © Susie Lee Jin 


There is a section in the book with information about the real Roxie, and a way for children to contact Roxie and ask her questions about adoption and other challenges they may not want to ask their caregivers. Individual answers to the children's questions are crafted by Roxie's real adoptive mother, a psychologist with 28 years experience specializing in children and adolescents.  Click here to check out Roxie's page! 

Roxie3© Photos by Marianne Brickner


About the Author:

Jody A. Dean, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with 28 years of experience specializing in children, adolescents, and athletes. Her medical affiliations include Senior Clinical Account Executive, United Healthcare and Aetna; Director, Employee Assistance Program at Hughes Electronics and DirecTV.  She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1987 and her Master’s in clinical psychology in 1985 from California School of Professional Psychology. Jody has authored numerous magazine and professional journal articles.  She continues to consult from her home in Wildwood, Missouri, where she lives with her three dogs, including Roxie. For more information, please consult

To contact Jody A. Dean, she can be reached through email:

About the Illustrator:

The Illustrator, SUSIE LEE JIN, has degrees from Duke University in education and the MFA Illustration Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York City. She grew up in North Carolina and now creates her art in northern New Jersey where she lives with her family and pets.



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My husband always teases me for liking to read children's book, so I'm actually looking forward to reading this myself :) Sounds like a great idea, I know children will latch onto Roxie's story. Dogs (and their stories!) have such a special way of helping people!

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