Sam The Superhero and His Super Life is OUT NOW!

Sam The Superhero and His Super Life is OUT NOW!

To The Moon and Back (TTMAB)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and their families—is proud to unveil their new children’s book, Sam the Superhero and His Super Life. The book centers on a boy named Sam and his sidekick stuffed dog, Hercules. Sam lives with his grandparents and has good and bad days like any child, made more complicated because he was born substance-exposed. But similar to a superhero, Sam has his own super courage and great strength, and with his loving grandparents, friends and Hercules, Sam finds the support he needs to succeed.

We wanted to create this book to normalize the experience for kids born opiate dependent and provide insight to some of the long term consequences of in utero opiate exposure,” explains TTMAB founder, Theresa Harmon. “Our goal is to get this story into the hands of teachers and classrooms, so that we can raise awareness about neonatal abstinence syndrome and the needs of our kids.

The story’s title was conceptualized by 8-year-old Sophia Markella and brought to life by authors Kathryn & James Pearson, along with illustrator Lauren Jezierski. Sam the Superhero and His Super Life is available for purchase, here: https://amzn.to/32A8TXz.

TTMAB is a 501(c)3 dedicated to children born with in utero substance exposure and their families. Since 2017, TTMAB has been the leader in providing support, education and advocacy for the littlest victims of the opioid epidemic. Among the organization’s many initiatives are twice monthly support groups for foster/adoptive parents and relatives of children born with substance exposure, monthly play groups that teach children with NAS ways to self-regulate, build fine and gross motor skills and improve their body awareness, and Nurture A Superhero care packages that provide carefully cultivated newborn take home packages for children with NAS.

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Sam the Superhero and His Super Life

Sam the Superhero and His Super Life

It’s official! Sam’s story has a title and the book is off to the publishing house!  And… Sam is smiling!  “Sam the Superhero and His Super Life” was the brainchild of Sophia Markella. Sophia is 8 years old and lives in Marshfield. She is a second grade student at Governor Winslow School, in Marshfield. Her hobbies include playing soccer, lacrosse, dancing, bike riding, and FaceTiming with her friends. She loves the beach and spending time with her family/friends. When she grows up, she aspires to be a teacher. She is an avid reader and looks forward to reading the book she named, “Sam the Superhero and his Super Life.”

Winner receives an Autographed copy of the book and To The Moon And Back will donate 20 copies wherever Sophia chooses!

Stay tuned for release date, ordering options, and Sophia’s choice recipient for the 20 copies!!

Sam’s Story gets a Name

Sam’s Story gets a Name

It’s time to turn the page on Sam’s book! Please help us pick a title and go to print. We were joyfully overwhelmed with the response of 182 entries, thank you so much! We have chosen our top 5 submittals, and would like your input on choosing the title. Please vote for your favorite with the form below. We will hold a week of voting and the title with the most votes will win. One vote per person please. The winner will be announced on May 18th.

We will be honoring the winner with one book signed by the authors and illustrator, and an additional 20 books donated to the libraries or schools of their choice.  We also look forward to doing virtual readings with librarians and teachers and to provide copies in schools this fall. To the Moon and Back will provide books directly to the school, library, charity or community center in the winner’s name. The winner should not expect compensation or royalties from naming the book. Copyright will belong to To The Moon and Back.

Special Guest Announced for Beyond NAS 2020!

Special Guest Announced for Beyond NAS 2020!

To The Moon And Back is very excited to announce that the Commissioner of DCF, Linda Spears will be presenting at our Beyond NAS Conference in Plymouth, MA.  We are excited for her support of our cause! Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are currently hoping to reschedule this conference later this year. Stay tuned!

To The Moon And Back will be hosting its 2nd Annual Beyond NAS Conference at the Hotel 1620 in Plymouth in collaboration with MSPCC Kidsnet and MA Alliance for Families (MAFF). Last year we had 350 in attendance to this sold out event. Attendees came from across the state as well as from other states to learn about best practices in care for children born opiate dependent as well as tangible interventions to be able to bring back to their communities to help. In attendance were front line providers from pediatrics, early intervention, schools, daycares, and behavioral health. Additionally, parents and relatives attended for resources and support.

MSW, LMHC, RN CEUs are available!!

Onsite childcare provided by Faith Community Church – email Theresa to reserve your spot – theresaharmonlicsw@gmail.com

If you’re a family who is unable to afford to attend the conference please email – scholarships are available.