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Scott AmaralBy Scott Amaral
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Scott AmaralBy Scott Amaral
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About

The Guardianship Journey
The Guardianship Journey

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WHAT is guardianship?  

Guardianship is when someone (typically a relative or close friend) takes over the parenting role of another person’s child or children. Guardianship can also be referred to as Kinship.

The PROBLEM…

As rampant unemployment and housing foreclosures ravage families across our nation, an increasing number of children are living in households headed by grandparents and other relatives, often three generations sharing scarce resources because of the recession. Nearly 7.8 million children live in households headed by a grandparent or other relative. More than 2.5 million grandparents report they are responsible for grandchildren living with them — a third with no parent present. Black children are twice as likely as all other children to live with their grandparents or other relatives only.

by: Marian Wright Edelman | from: AARP | September 13, 2011

Kickstarter's that is approximately 2.5 to 3.2 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS in the USA Alone!

What we Found...

  • My wife and I discovered while raising our nephew (2003-2008) that we could not find much written on the subject of Guardianship!
  • During our guardianship experience we could have used a book on parenting in guardianship that would have been encouraging.
  • Many of the guardians we have interviewed over the years feel an overwhelming isolation in their roles as guardians!

The Entertainment World gave us some examples of children in guardianship...

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

If you have seen The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air you have laughed as I have. You have also seen the LOVE & COMPASSION that Mr & Mrs Banks had for Will while in their care...  

The Blind Side
The Blind Side

 Super Star's that influence our lives were themselves influenced by GUARDIANS!

These Star's have made huge contributions to our world! It would possibly not have happened had Guardians not stepped in and laid the foundation that their biological parents couldn't. They did this from love and never once looked for recognition.

Kickstarters join us in this endeavor to reach the families of these NEARLY 7.8 MILLION CHILDREN IN GUARDIANSHIP!!!

How we will use the money from Kickstarter...

  • Production / publishing cost for bringing the book to life.
  • Web development for the book website which will include a forum to network guardians together.
  • Video production for video's corresponding to each chapter of the book via QR Codes accessible by iDevices or Androids. This gives the reader a warm feeling that the author is with them every page they turn. The video's tie into the chapter they have just completed.
  • PLUS...
  • As we reach MORE BONUS REWARDS (listed below), we can reach more FAMILIES, SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES!
  • Also, more TITLES IN THE JOURNEY to come! Scroll down!
  • The Guardianship Journey will share our story as well as stories of other guardians! By the way, all of you who are currently a guardian, were previously a guardian or who were raised by a guardian, we would love to hear about your journey. We are still gathering stories to encourage!
Mother's Day 2013
Mother's Day 2013

The HEART of a GUARDIAN...

  • Guardian Parents and those who are raising their own children all have the qualities shown above. It is my heart to Encourage ALL parents alike, it is dear to my heart to have options for all forms of parenting to turn to. The Guardianship Journey is designed in a way that all parents will benefit from reading it.

ADDITIONALLY...

Adoption and Foster Care have many resources to tap into. They have networks or small groups and many books in print to encourage them. They are widely recognized and people can network to learn from one another.

The Nearly 7.8 million children living with other relatives, some are formal guardianship arrangements and others not. This group has nearly no where to turn to for the much needed support as Adoption and Foster Care parents do.

Guardianship Parenting is different! Guardians typically have taken action to remove a child from a close relative or friend. They have have typically challenged other family members to protect a child in many cases. They deal with many integration and balancing issues too. They have few sources that understand their role as guardians for support. As an example, in one situation we know of, the birth mother is deceased and the aunt is raising her child, however the aunt is not acknowledged as the child's parent by other family members.

A Global Issue too... Canada, South America, Mexico, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand just to name a few who govern with guardianship laws. The Guardianship Journey book can touch the lives of people and children around the world. It is an unknown number of children in guardianship globally.

Help is on the way...

~~~~~~~The Guardianship Journey~~~~~~~

A book to...

Encourage, Empower & Build Awareness!

  • A book with a focus on guardians from the heart of a guardian!

In this first book, I am addressing some of the tough topics that guardians face today. Below is a short list of what we, as guardians and those that I have  interviewed, say they have dealt with...

  • LONELINESS...
  • HONEYMOON PHASE...
  • INTEGRATION..
  • BIO PARENT ISSUES...
  • UN-PACKING BAGGAGE...
  • SUPPORT PERSONS...
  • GUARDIAN the PROTECTOR...
  • YOUR OWN CHILDREN...
  • RE-PACK FOR SUCCESS...
  • FINISHING WELL...

~~~~~~ And Much, Much More...

  • It will break the loneliness of the everyday parenting of your guardian child. Also, it will create community and build awareness. 
  • Stories from guardian parents, their struggles and testimonies of success. Tips on integration and dealing with the Bio parent issues.
  • For those of you who are a support person to your friends raising a niece, nephew or grandchild, you too will find tips in growing your supportive role.
  • Family therapists share strategies for keeping balance in your life.
  • The Guardianship Journey will warm the guardian heart!

The Guardianship Journey's Cool T-Shirt!!!

~~~~~~~PLEASE JOIN US!!!


KICKSTARTER BONUS REWARDS!!!

Thank You!

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More coming Kickstarters...

Additional books in The Guardianship Journey Series…

  • The Guardian Teen – A book designed to help the guardian teen integrate into their new world and bring some balance into the chaos.
  • The Sharing Teen – A book designed for the teens in the family who have made room to share their home, their parents, their siblings and their friends. An inside look at their sacrifices to make a difference for the Guardian Teen.
  • The Guardian Parent Teen Guide – This book is designed to use in-conjunction with both of the teen books, giving the guardian parent a foundation for working on tough issues.
  • Guardianship Journey Small Group Series– Leaders guide and participants work book. These books are focused on building relationships that result in encouragement.

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Risks and challenges

Before writing The Guardianship Journey series I examined several key areas to be able to follow through with this project. I felt that I needed a mentor and coach in the writing and publishing world. After careful research I found Tom Bird and his systems to achieve success for new authors. Tom has been a writer for 34 years and has published 24 books in his career. He holds writing conferences every month around the United States and regularly speaks at college campuses as well.

I felt that being tied in with a successful author and self-publisher like Tom Bird would increase my chances of success with writing and self-publishing. As a new author this gave me a great deal of confidence moving forward. I have worked very closely with Tom and his staff. I have also traveled to two of his writing conferences in 2012.

I hope this gives you, the Kickstarter community, the confidence that I have taken the steps necessary to have a successful outcome. It is my heart’s desire to fulfill this project without a delay. If one were to come up, I feel that I have surrounded myself with a team that will manage it with me in a professional manner in order to fulfill the project as rapidly as possible.

Sincerely,

Scott Amaral
Author
The Guardianship Journey

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