Julie Swope is no stranger to adoption — she was four years old when she was adopted herself, and ended up adopting five children as an adult, as well.
“I know personally of the anxiety and feelings that adopted children experience as they must wait to be adopted,” Swope said in an email. “I know the feelings when an adopted child is asked by other children, ‘What happened to your real parents?’
“I spent a lot of years not feeling real.”
Swope chronicled her adoption journey in her 2012 memoir, “Of Roots and Wings.” But she also wanted to create a non-threatening way for kids to relate to the adoption process.
So, her children’s book, “The Bear Who Waited,” tells a story from the perspective of a stuffed bear who sits on a toy store shelf for months waiting to be bought.