ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cat Ann martin lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and is married, with five children, four of whom have been adopted.
In 2006, Cat went to Liberia, West Africa, to adopt a little girl and planned to spend six months working on opening a health clinic. This experience was life changing, though we witnessed only a small portion of the trauma suffered by the children born and raised in a post-war environment. She left having adopted three children, ages two and a half, four and a half, and twelve years, knowing that each child had traumatic life experiences to overcome. At that point, she did not really know what that would be like for her family.
Beginning in 2008, Cat started attending conferences and education seminars, primarily professional conferences for social workers and physicians, in the hopes of learning more about the biological effects of trauma, what educational options were available, mental health issues, strategies for parenting and teaching, and, ultimately, how to help her children heal.
The experiences of childhood trauma, the behaviours that come from it, and the pain endured by families are difficult subjects to talk about. This book has afforded several parents an opportunity for parents to share their hands-on experiences and first-hand knowledge of living with the effects of trauma with teachers, physicians, social workers, adoption agencies, and other families.
In 2010, Cat completed her master’s degree in health studies through Athabasca University. Her studies focused largely on the effects of trauma in early childhood development.
Cat now works at Langara College in Vancouver, as a nursing instructor, where she teaches multiculturalism and health to internationally educate nurses. Cat has been a registered nurse for twenty-five years.
Sharing her experiences and helping other families facing the same issues is important to Cat. She has spent the last five years volunteering as a support parent for families in crisis, regularly speaking to prospective parents on adopting children of different ages, the effects of trauma, and, most recently, on parenting children with mental health issues.