An adoptive mother of two now-adult children and a former foster parent, Gayle H. Swift is also a certified coach, co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentional Families Together–which provides family coaching before, during and after adoption, a former teacher, and former newsletter editor. A staunch adoptee-rights activist, Gayle has presented at the NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children) Conference and is available to speak. She believes in the power of books to inform, heal, and create community.
Gayle is also fifty-year survivor of ovarian cancer, she values the blessing of family relationships. Gayle has zip-lined in Costa Rica, paraglided in Peru, hiked to the Sun Gate above the citadel of Machu Picchu, and trekked the Mendenhall glacier in Alaska but parenting proved to be the greatest adventure of her life.
She collaborated on ABC, Adoption & Me, with her daughter Casey A. Swift (an adoptee, media specialist and former teacher) and trusts that it will support adoptees and the families who love them. ABC, Adoption & Me was named one of 12 notable picture books for 2013 by Shelf Unbound ,a Favorite Read of 2013 by Adoptive Families, (the award-winning national adoption magazine,)received an Honorable Mention – Gittle List of 2014; Finalist; IPNE 2014 Book Awards (Independent Publishers of New England), Honorable Mention 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Award. 2015 Reader’s Favorite Award Honorable Mention
Gayle has won six Royal Palm Literary Awards.
Member of IPNE, FWA, SCBWI
“ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book”
Palm City, Florida, September 28, 2014—“Adoption originates in loss and thrives through loving support. This essential validation must start in earliest childhood.” — Gayle H. Swift. ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book provides an effective tool for this relationship process. ABC aims to raise a family’s “AQ” (Adoption-attunement Quotient) and make a healthy adoption dialog a welcome and safe topic. Using the familiar, non-threatening concept of the alphabet book, it highlights the blessings of adoption as well as the difficult issues. Younger readers respond to the exuberant, multicultural illustrations while older readers appreciate the nuances suggested by the text. Kids report, “Most adoption books only talk about the good part of adoption. This shows adoption from the kid’s side and made me feel normal.” Includes a parent guide. Available in paper and e-book format on-line (Amazon Barnes & Noble) and in book stores. Intended for ages 6-10+, 36 pages. Gayle H. Swift is a co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentional Families Together), a certified coach, an adoptive mother of two now-adult children, a former foster parent, teacher, and newsletter editor. A forty-nine-year survivor of ovarian cancer, she believes in the joy of the present moment and the blessing of family relationships. In her travels with her family, she has zip-lined in Costa Rica, paraglided in Peru, hiked to the Sun Gate above the citadel of Machu Picchu, and trekked the Mendinhall glacier in Alaska, but parenting proved to be the greatest adventure of her life. Co-author, Casey A. Swift, an adoptee and second-grade teacher began composing stories in elementary school.
Book Awards: 2013 Favorite Read, Adoptive Families Magazine; 2013 Notable Picture Book (page 56) , Shelf Unbound; 2013 Honorable Mention, Gittle List; 2014 Finalist, IPNE Book Awards. PurpleDragonfly Award Gayle has won six Royal Palm Literary Awards.
Contact information: 4451 SW Branch Terrace, Palm City FL 34990 772-220-0756