Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents

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In 1983, the author—herself an adoptee—began her search for her birth mother. In this inspiring new handbook, she shares her experiences and helps searchers map out their own step-by-step journeys that will help empower and support them throughout this trying and significant time.

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Overview

In 1983, the author—herself an adoptee—began her search for her birth mother. In this inspiring new handbook, she shares her experiences and helps searchers map out their own step-by-step journeys that will help empower and support them throughout this trying and significant time.

In 1983, the author--herself an adoptee--began her search for her birth mother. In this inspiring new handbook, she shares her experiences and helps searchers map out their own step-by-step journeys that will help empower and support them throughout this trying and significant time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140512953
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 790,742
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean A. S. Strauss is the wife of a college president and the author of Birthright (Penguin) and lives in Claremont, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Very good, however, I felt the author was somewhat angry or rese

    Very good, however, I felt the author was somewhat angry or resentful with the birth mother. She didn't want to call her mom, which can be understandable when her Adoptive mom was the one who nurtured her. I personally feel that the author, while giving some good information really has taken some anger at the death of her adoptive mom and dad and put it upon her birth mother. I say this because if the author was secure in her own right, she would not have had a problem calling the birth mother "mom" and the adoptive mom "mother". This way she would have best of both worlds unless she doesn't like the person that her birth mother is - which would be a whole different story and then understandable why a person wouldn't want to call the birth mother mom. I just can't help feeling that there is still a little resentment that her birth mother is alive and her adoptive parents are deceased. The book is interesting. The author does bring about a good point about what do you call each family (birth and adoptive) including the extended family.

    I get from the book that the best thing either side can do is not force things - if you want a relationship - let it develop naturally like making a new friend. I get the drift that if we are secure in our own right that we should be able to accept whatever comes of the connection gracefully and not pit one side against the other.

    Reunions do sound like a frightening time for people on either side of the issue. I do, however, agree that the adoptee has the right to know his/her origins and at least to have a photo of the birth parents if they so choose. I believe the photos and origins can help the adoptee feel more complete.

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