BUTTERFLIES IN THE WIND: The Truth about Latin American Adoptionsby Jean Nelson Erichsen
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The book chronicles not only the adoption of their three children abroad, but follows each of their children (including their biological son) into young adulthood. It vividly depicts their difficulties in raising teenagers in a cross-cultural, transracial home, and also exposes the frightening conditions facing today's kids in our public schools, including gang issues, drop outs, and culture clashes. It provides valuable insights to parents and non-parents as well. This book was a real eye-opener and awakened me to the harsh realities our teens must face in what I would have thought were quality schools. Although told from a parent's point of view, they very effectively explored the emotions, indeed the angst, of their teenage children.
-Jo-Anne Weaver, adoptive parent of a Chinese daughter placed by Los Niños International, and Senior Acquisitions Editor of Education and Developmental Psychology for Harcourt Brace.
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Butterflies in the Wind is an exceptional portrayal of the challenges and joys of adopting and parenting children from Latin America. The Erichsens write with warmth, humor and honesty, allowing the reader to see the complexities of this life long commitment. This book is a must read for anyone who has adopted internationally or cross culturally and for anyone who is considering adoption.
'Butterflies in the Wind' is a helpful book for parents raising children, but especially in a family with different race children. My husband and I were helped greatly 30 years ago, by the authors, and their initial book, 'How to adopt Internationally.' When we decided to add to our family by adoption, we heard about Jean and Heino, then in our city, and learned how to go thru the process. We learned so much from them in adopting our beautiful, 29 year old daughter, and it is fun now to read about their experiences which were similar, but not exactly, like ours. I have found it hard to explain fully to my daughter our journey and mission to adopt her. But Jean has helped me with this by writing this book. She has a special knack for putting into words, and in her writing, the many feelings and thoughts of parents. Her love and compassion for children shows through in many delightful anecdotes (I found my self laughing out loud while reading the section on 'teen' challenges) but I also appreciate her no-nonsense approach to child rearing in general. Much of what she writes about applies to any family, international or regular. The challenges of the 70s, 80s and 90s raising kids, were tough. But discussing the challenges never seems to take away from the main message of the book, that children are treasures to be protected, nourished and cherished in a family.