Inside The Adoption Agencyby Jean Nelson-Erichsen
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Inside the Adoption Agency provides a glimpse inside the fascinating world of international adoption and explains the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, which is revolutionizing a process that was previously uncontrolled and marred by scandal.
"Jean Erichsen gives order to the often overwhelming mix of foreign and domestic requirements and provides the reader with many heart-warming and humorous moments as well."
-Laura Kalish, attorney
"Jean Erichsen has a lively and entertaining style of writing that makes this book hard to put down."
-Sandra Carlson, LCSW
"What I really appreciated about this book was how clearly it spelled out the total dependence of agencies and adoptive parents on the whims of the host countries."
-Ruth Arnold, adoptive parent
"This fascinating book will give the reader a renewed appreciation of the dedication and hard work by which trustworthy adoption professionals arrange for homeless children overseas to join their new American families. The Erichsens' unique historical perspective provides an understanding of why the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption will be coming into effect in this decade, in an effort to insure sound adoption agency practices with well prepared adoptive parents."
-Deborah McCurdy, founder and supervisor of social work, Beacon Adoption Center
Jean Erichsen is one of the leading pioneers of intercountry adoption. Part history lesson and part "how-to guide," this book provides valuable insights and information from someone who has witnessed and shaped intercountry adoption practice for the past twenty-five years.
-Thomas Atwood, President and CEO, National Council For Adoption
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'Inside the Adoption Agency' provides an informative description of the unique processes, challenges, and systems which influence international adoption. Her use of real life stories from around the globe illustrate important points and yield an engaging treatment of her subject matter. Cristi Hillis, The CoMission for Children at Risk
This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in international adoption-prospective adoptive parents and professionals alike. Written by Jean Nelson Erichsen, the cofounder of the first international adoption agency in Texas, it gives the reader a clear understanding of the history of international adoption, how international adoption agencies work, and the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. One point the author makes clear is the difficulty these agencies have dealing with the whims of foreign governments. The anecdotal stories that are added throughout the book to illustrate key issues help keep the reader's interest. The last chapter, Predicting the Future of International Adoption, is extremely informative for anyone considering international adoption today. Its explanantion of the Hague Convention, how it came about, and what its impact will be on future adoptions will give prospective adoptive parents a better understanding of where international adoption is going and what they may face on their journey to adopt their child.
Jean Nelson Erichsen has written a terrific book that is a must read for prospective adoptive parents and adoption professions alike. This short and clear writing is both a tool of education on the history of adoption and the long road that adoption supporters have traveled to provide for the world's children through adoption. It is also an accurate glimpse into the world of the adoption agency and the role that government's and media play in the process. This book provides excellent foundational information for prospective adoption parents as well. It is a reminder to all of us of the standard of practice that we must continue to raise the bar on so that children can continue to find loving homes and families of their own. Adoptive parents need education prior to beginning an adoption- this book is a great place to start. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a read that combines personal stories, humor, and factual information on what goes on behind the scenes of adoption.
I truely enjoyed reading this book on adoption. Jean Nelson Erichsen is extremely knowledgable and candid about the do's and don'ts when it comes to adopting internationally. She writes honestly and with humor. I loved the stories about the parents and children she has helped through the adoption process. If you are planning on adopting-buy this book!