Award-Winning Book Helps Children through Adoption and Other Family Transitions

 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’s story, a new book was designed to help children through the complicated, often uncertain process of adoption.  It shows children that it is perfectly normal to be afraid or anxious, and to ask questions, and most importantly that everything will work out all right.  Roxie’s transition allows children to understand and express their feelings in an easy, fun way without feeling threatened.

Roxie the Doxie will also help children in welcoming step siblings and adopted children into their home, joining blended families, or moving between one separated parent and another.

The book also includes a Parent & Therapist Guide for Adoptive Families, written by a professional therapist to help adult caregivers and clinicians in guiding children through the adoption process and answering questions they may have.

This award-winning book is the first in a series that is intended to help children navigate life’s challenges.

Roxie the Doxie ( serves as a living, breathing mascot for kids and teens facing fear, yet having the courage to move forward, try new things, work hard and persevere.  In today’s world full of social media influences, mixed messages about who we are, school bullies, increasing isolation, higher rates of childhood and teenage depression and anxiety, Roxie shows that in real life, it’s okay to be scared and still move forward.

“Reading this book with your children already in the home can lead to discussions on the changes every member of the family might experience,” says Renee Smola, MS, LPC.

There is also a photo-section in the book with information about the real Roxie, including her e-mail contact so that children can talk directly with Roxie and ask her questions about adoption and other challenges they may not want to ask their caregivers – a safe way for children to express their feelings without feeling threatened.

“Often, kids use animals in books to express their feelings, by talking about how the characters in the book feel and how the kids might feel in their place,” says Dean. “The Roxie the Doxie books give everyone who is going through a difficult time an animal friend who understands how they feel.”

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