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No Matter What

No Matter What

An Adoptive Family's Story of Hope, Love and Healing

Sally Donovan

Paperback: £9.99 / $16.95

2013, 216mm x 138mm / 8.5in x 5.5in, 352pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-431-7, BIC 2: VFVK JKSF

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'I love you, no matter what.'

This book tells the uplifting true story of an ordinary couple who build an extraordinary family - describing Sally and Rob Donovan's journey from a diagnosis of infertility to their decision to adopt two children who suffered abuse in their early life.

Writing with incisive wit and honesty, Sally Donovan movingly describes the difficulties of living with infertility when friends and family have no idea, and the emotional process of arriving at a decision to adopt. She recounts the bewildering logistics of adoption and, after finally Sally and Rob are joyfully matched with siblings Jaymee and Harlee, how their joy is followed by shock as they discover disturbing details of their children's past. Determined to heal their children, Sally and Rob realise they will need to go 'beyond parenting' to give them with the help they need.

By turns heart-rending, inspiring and hilarious, Sally and Rob's story offers a rare insight into the world of adoptive parents and just what it takes to bring love to the lives of traumatised children.

Blog posts

The realities of adoption – an extract from ‘No Matter What.’

8 November 2013

In this extract from the inspirational adoption memoir, No Matter What, author Sally Donovan shares the reality of parenting children who have experienced abuse and neglect.  Here we see just one example of how the consequences of trauma can manifest themselves unpredictably in apparently straightforward everyday situations, such as tucking your son up for bed....

‘Why Can’t My Child Behave?’ author Dr Amber Elliott on how she came to write a parenting manual for adoptive and foster parents.

7 November 2013

  Dr. Amber Elliott, author of Why Can’t My Child Behave? talks about how she became motivated to start her own company to support looked-after children, and how this in turn led her to writing the book, a parenting manual for traumatised or neglected children. “In the space of a couple of weeks in April...

Adoption and Fostering recommended books for Parents

3 May 2013

If you’re an adoptive/foster parent or prospective parent, we’ve put together this booklet of new and bestselling titles you might find interesting. Feel free to browse, share and email the booklet with anyone you think might be interested.   If you’d like to print off a copy of the booklet, simply click here to download...