Adopting in America: How to Adopt within One Year


Filled with unique strategies for creating a family, this book shatters the negative myths of the adoption process and tells couples everything they need to know to adopt successfully within a year.
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Filled with unique strategies for creating a family, this book shatters the negative myths of the adoption process and tells couples everything they need to know to adopt successfully within a year.
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Hicks, a renowned adoption attorney, has updated his hallmark reference work, first published more than a decade ago. In Part 1, the author tackles critical adoption issues, beginning with the various kinds of adoption. While Hicks evaluates foster parenting and independent, international, and private and public agency adoptions, they get short shrift compared with independent adoption. Hicks then moves on to techniques for quickly locating a baby and arranging a successful adoption, even discussing what adoptive parents need to know about hospital and medical matters before and after the infant's birth. Finally, he supplies useful legal information, especially concerning the issue of consent on the part of the birth parents. Recommended for public libraries, though Brette McWhorter Sember's The Complete Adoption & Fertility Guide (see next page) may be a better choice given its more balanced discussion of adoption options. This is best for readers wishing to learn more about independent adoption. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
One of America's leading adoption attorney's reveals his secrets of success. A must read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963163875
  • Publisher: Wordslinger Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1. Selecting a Method of Adoption that Works for You 9
Agency Adoption
Private Agency Adoption
Public Agency Adoption
The Foster Parent Shortcut
Independent Adoption
Nonresident Independent Adoption
Identified Adoption
International Adoption
2. Techniques to Quickly Locate a Baby for Adoption 57
The Role of the Adoption Attorney
Selecting an Adoption Attorney
Networking with a Photo-Resume Letter
Preparing a Photo-Resume Letter
General Mail-Out Networking
Personal Networking
The Cover Letter
Starting Your Networking Campaign
3. Arranging a Successful Adoption 89
Working with a Birth Mother
Handling a Birth Mother's Initial Call
Meeting a Birth Mother in Person
Key Issues to Explore
Post-Birth Contact with Your Birth Mother
4. What Happens at the Hospital 111
What to Do Before the Birth
Medical Issues and Reducing Costs
Hospital Notification
Your Role at the Time of Birth
What Happens After the Birth
5. The Legal Issues in Adoption: Step-By-Step 121
The Petition for Adoption
Filing the Petition for Adoption
The Role of Social Services
The Birth Mother's Consent to the Adoption
Can the Birth Mother Change Her Mind?
The Rights of the Birth Father
Marital Fathers
Non-Marital Fathers
A Nonmarital Father's Right to Object
When Consent Is Not Required
The Indian Child Welfare Act
The Interstate Compact
Financial Assistance to the Birth Mother
The Finalization of the Adoption
6. State-by-State Review 143
State Information
Adoption Attorney Information
Licensed Private Adoption Agencies
Conclusion 345
A Helpful Organizations and Publications 346
B Sample Photo-Resume Letter 348
C Sample Cover Letter 349
Suggested Reading 350
Index 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Best how-to adoption book around!

    I heard a guest on the Today Show recommend Adopting in America, by adoption attorney Randall Hicks and purchased the book, as my husband and I had finally made up our minds we were going to adopt. But how to do it was the big question! Adopting in America was a truly fantastic book. About the first half of the book breaks down the different types of adoption (more than I had ever heard of) and goes over the advantages and disadvantages of each each one. It really walks you through each step - how to select the right agency or attorney (with great tips on how to learn about them, not just trust what they tell you), how to spot a risky adoption to stay away from, how to find a birth mother to select you as adoptive parents (this was the BIG issue for us, and the creative ideas were wonderful and actually worked for us). The second half of the book gives you the laws of each state. Since all the states are different, this was great information. It also gave detailed professional information about hundreds of adoption attorneys who are members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and also listed every adoption agency in every state. I saw another review on this site which said the book was great but expressed disappointment the book recommended other adoption books by the same author. I looked back in the book after I read that and found it to be wrong. He recommends the best books out there, I would imagine to help adoptive parents get educated. Isn't that a good thing? He is the author of a children's adoption book, but the other books are very popular adoption books by other authors and other publishers. It is a small point, but it bothered me to see such a great book have even a small amount of criticism. This book's advice got us our daughter, now two months old!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    Run rabbit run!

    The author gives the invaluable advice to prospective adoptive parents fully to educate themselves before trying to adopt, including selecting the right attorney. Well he is an attorney and he wants people to read, read, read, not the books which the people want to select but those listed at the back of Mr. Hicks' book, complete with order form. And wouldn't you know that these books are published by his own publisher. Run, rabbit run. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?

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