Training Wheels: How Did I Get Here?...
As awareness and interest in donating and adopting frozen embryos increases, the questions of “how do we or should we tell the children?” start to arise. The same questions have circulated for decades in the traditional adoption field and have influenced numerous research studies, programs and books. While many of the circumstances surrounding traditional adoption and embryo adoption are similar, there is still the very distinct difference that makes embryo adoption so much more personal and unique.
Children’s books on traditional adoption are plentiful and help to reinforce to the child why they are special and very much loved. Some of these could have cross over value to the parents of embryo adopted children but they don’t tell the whole story; that is until now.
NEDC’s Digital Media Manager Chris Barrett collaborated with University of Tennessee psychology professor, Dr. Sally B. Hunter to create a heartwarming book called Training Wheels: How Did I Get Here? The story is about five year-old Miles and the new bike he gets for his birthday from his special friend, Mike. Miles’ parents explain that Mike’s mom and dad generously donated their remaining embryos and he was born as a result of their loving gift.
The book is told in a delightful rhyming pattern, using words that are easy for preschoolers to understand and a storyline that will help to satisfy their curiosity about where they came from. Fun and colorful illustrations by Tyler Garrison saturate the book and enhance its appeal to young children.