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Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide
     

Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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by Suzanne Buckingham Slade
 

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The search for one's self during the challenging teen years can be even more difficult for the adopted teen. Many adopted teens have unanswered questions that may result in fear, anger, and low self-esteem. These feelings may be compounded by the isolation some adopted teens feel because most friends and family members cannot fully relate to their situation.

Overview

The search for one's self during the challenging teen years can be even more difficult for the adopted teen. Many adopted teens have unanswered questions that may result in fear, anger, and low self-esteem. These feelings may be compounded by the isolation some adopted teens feel because most friends and family members cannot fully relate to their situation.

Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide enables young adults to explore their feelings as they read the personal experiences of other adopted teens. Through these stories, adopted teens can learn how others have resolved some of their adoption issues, and gain powerful insights from those who have experienced some of their same frustrations, struggles and concerns.
Experienced adoption professionals share practical ideas and strategies for teens as they answer their questions in the "Teens Ask" sections of the book. Adoption experts such as Ms. Hollee McGinnis (Policy & Operations Director for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute), Ms. Judy Stigger (Director of International Adoptions at The Cradle), Ms. Kathleen Morrison (member of the board of trustees of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys), Ms. Katrina Carlisle (adoption counselor and search specialist at St. Elizabeth Coleman Pregnancy and Adoption Services), and others provide valuable answers to teen questions. Replete with stories, pictures, and artwork by adopted teens, this up-to-date source will benefit teens as they move forward on their adoption journey.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
This revised edition of Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide is designed with the high school age student in mind who wants a broad overview of the emotional issues that the adopted teen may feel. While the teenage years are a time of great emotional and psychological change, there are many issues that may arise for the adopted teen, including questions about where they came from, why their birth parents chose adoption, the idea of meeting their birth parents, and questions about what defines 'family.' Information in this work is presented through the personal stories of teens and young adults who have lived through these experiences; most of the stories focus on adopted teenagers and the various emotions and steps they took to resolve them. Within there are stories of meetings with birth parents, fitting in to peer and family situations, finding out one's been adopted, and the realities behind international and transracial adoptions. This revised edition has added discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help teens verbalize their questions, up-to-date statistics, and first-hand advice from adoption professionals. Teens who are experiencing strong emotions surrounding their adoption and who have questions about how others have handled the questions behind locating birth parents will find this guide useful. The personal experiences shared in this book will appeal to this target audience and could be useful for students this age researching this topic.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up This exhaustive guide features interviews with adoptees, essays by adoptive and birth parents, as well as information on famous adoptees, statistics, and other facts about adoption. Slade offers comprehensive coverage on topics such as transracial, international, and open adoptions, and the pros and cons of seeking information about their birth parents. The book is a valuable resource, especially for older teens who crave solid advice about how to gather information that may lead to a reunion with their biological relatives. It is especially useful for those making decisions about whether to embark on such a search, offering lists of the "best" and "worst" possible outcomes from establishing contact with birth families, as well as "tips for a successful first meeting...." Slade's writing reflects her sensitivity toward all parties involved in adoption, preparing teens for potentially hurtful questions, such as, "Do you know where your real parents are?" The black-and-white photos of adoptees, highlighted sections, and graphics sprinkled throughout add to the book's appeal. -Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA

Reference and Research Book News
As part of a series on social issues for inquisitive teens, this book answers questions and recommends resources and coping strategies regarding adoption. Chapters include vignettes and photographs and address how teens react when they learn they are adopted, the decision to search for and meet birth parents, issues in international and transracial adoption, and adoption at an older age, among other topics.
Ashley Rhodes-Courter
As an adopted teen, I had a lot of unanswered questions about my past and biological family. This wonderful resource will help adopted young adults as they explore their own histories.
Rita Soronen
Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide is a comprehensive look at the issues, challenges and joys that youth experience as they make their journey through adoption. The voices of teens provide insight and wisdom and underscore the notion that although families take many forms, the common thread for us all is a need to belong, to be loved and to understand our history as we work to determine our future.
November 2007 Reference and Research Book News
As part of a series on social issues for inquisitive teens, this book answers questions and recommends resources and coping strategies regarding adoption. Chapters include vignettes and photographs and address how teens react when they learn they are adopted, the decision to search for and meet birth parents, issues in international and transracial adoption, and adoption at an older age, among other topics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810885684
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/24/2013
Series:
It Happened to Me Series , #34
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
979,815
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

Ashley Rhodes-Courter
"As an adopted teen, I had a lot of unanswered questions about my past and biological family. This wonderful resource will help adopted young adults as they explore their own histories."--(Ashley Rhodes-Courter, adopted from foster care at age 12, 2004 NACAC Youth Advocate of the Year, 2007 Golden Brick Award Winner, Author of Three Little Words, Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Rita Soronen
"Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide is a comprehensive look at the issues, challenges and joys that youth experience as they make their journey through adoption. The voices of teens provide insight and wisdom and underscore the notion that although families take many forms, the common thread for us all is a need to belong, to be loved and to understand our history as we work to determine our future."--(Ms. Rita Soronen, Executive Director, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Buckingham Slade is the author of more than 50 books for children and young adults. She lives outside Chicago with her husband of 20 years, Mike, and her two children, Christina and Patrick. Ms. Slade is an adoptive mother and has a passion for encouraging adopted children and their families. She has also written articles on the topic of adoption for magazines.

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Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks for a clan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True but it is more on the good side
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abortion is bad anyway you put it. I was adopted and thank god for that because my mom was going to have an abortion with me an i got another chance to hae a normal happy life and thats is what im doing if you kill a baby no matter how far along you are then you killing thag second chance that the baby could have had at a normal life. And if you 13 and having a baby then god bless you im sorry for wat is it was that happened to you. And if you just laied in your back then you need help and fast cuz we dont need a bunch of baby killers in this world when we ha e plenty of ppl that can give any baby a second hance and not think twice about it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killing is wrong no matter what age it is. Besides putting the child up for adoption is a much more moral thing to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will what do you do-Rina