Gayle Swift has been a coach for twelve years and an adoptive parent for thirty years. She has specialized in working with families who have experienced challenges with their children. As the parent of two children adopted domestically as infants, Gayle has a special passion for working with adoptive families. She has been a foster parent as well. Prior to coaching, Gayle was a full time parent, an active community volunteer. Previous to her children’s arrival, she was a small business owner for nine years.
Gayle works with motivated clients to clarify their vision for their families and to articulate the deeply held values that define them. The coaching partnership becomes a stepping stone to bringing the dream into reality. She operates with an inquisitive, neutral, yet rigorous style. Families will examine how they are being effective, capitalize on their strengths, and identify where their learning opportunities lie. She believes it is important for families to be educated on the special issues that impact adopted families. Consider Maya Angelou words: as families know better, they do better.
Gayle knows first-hand that the road to success as a family includes some bumps, twists, turns, and the occasional pothole–some of them wide and deep! She believes by addressing conflict, while challenging, can bring families closer as they work towards solutions together. Adoption has brought incredible joy to Gayle and has proven to be the hardest job she has ever loved and would never quit. Working with other adopted/foster families brings purpose and deep personal satisfaction to Gayle.
Her book, “ABC, Adoption and Me, was published in spring, 2013 and it has garnered many awards.
Named a Favorite Read of 2013 by Adoptive Families, (the award-winning national adoption magazine.) Named a Notable Picture Book for 2013 by Shelf Unbound in their Dec/Jan 2014 issue; Honorable Mention – Gittle List of 2014; Finalist; IPNE 2014 Book Awards (Independent Publishers of New England), Honorable Mention 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Honorable Mention 2015 Reader’s Favorite
Professional Development and Education
Presenter, Adoption Summit Experience 2015
Certified Performance, Resource Realizations
Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Resource Realizations
Certified Prepare/Enrich Marital and Pre-marital Inventory Administrator and Counselor
Completed the following ALP trainings:
- Discipline and the Adopted Child, Ain’t Misbehavin’
- Adoption and Classroom Success: Beyond the Basics
- Finding the Missing Pieces: Helping Adopted Children Cope with Grief and Loss<
- Is It an Adoption Thing?
- The Journey of Attachment
- Tough Starts: Brain Development Matters
- We’re Home! Now what? For Parents of Newly Adopted Toddlers/Preschoolers
- Building Bonds of Attachment: Practical, Expert Advice
B.S. Education, Boston University; Former Editor of FACT Matters, an adoption newsletter; Community and PTA volunteer; Board Member-Hibiscus Children’s Shelter; Former foster parent, Small business owner
800-236-7821 Ext. 1009