In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friendsby Elisabeth O'Toole
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In On It is the book for the grandparents and best friends, colleagues and neighbors, aunts and uncles, teachers and caregivers of contemporary adoptive families. It offers advice, information and insights into contemporary adoption -- especially for readers who are not themselves adoptive parents. In On It explains the decision-making processes that lead parents to adopt, the adoption process itself, and the important roles of loss and grief in adoption. It offers suggestions for appropriate adoption language and talking about adoption; overviews of transracial, open and older child adoption; guidance for readers who will find themselves representing and speaking on behalf of adoptive families; as well as illustrative anecdotes, suggestions from adoptive parents, and lists of "Ways You Can Help." In On It extends an invitation into adoption--it is a friendly, welcoming and highly useful adoption resource.
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IN ON IT is ESSENTIAL (not just suggested) reading for any couple journeying toward a first time adoption who wishes to be understood. Presented in highly readable and accessible form,IN ON IT does not shy away from the tough questions of adoption for all involved, be they extended family members or friends. In an affirming and respectful manner, IN ON IT provides on-the-target suggestions for those who wish to offer respectful support on this adoptive journey but may not know quite what to do or what to say. We adopted our first child 32 years ago. HOW WE WISH something like IN ON IT would have been available to us to have for family and friends. Adoption is a tilt-a-whirl swirl of excitement/confusion for ALL involved. Believe us when we suggest strongly that you NOT MISS this opportunity to read this book and begin to truly understand the adoptive journey. We suggest you buy two copies: one to read yourself and one to give away. You will be SO happy that you spent the money and did the reading.
In On It is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
I found this book to provide good general information on adoption, issues to be aware of, how to handle tough questions, etc. I highly recommend it for the family and friends of an adopting family as it will help them to understand some of what the adopting family has gone through and will go through. It's an easy read and you can skip or skim over sections that don't pertain to your situation (i.e., domestic vs. international).