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Is Adoption for You: The Information You Need to Make the Right Choice

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Adoption is the right option for many more types of parents and children than we imagined a few decades ago. However, it is not the right choice for everyone. Is Adoption for You? is a guide to thinking through the issues.—from the Foreword by Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D.

Would adopting a child be a good choice for you? Would you want to adopt an infant or an older child? What about a child from another country? A child of another race? Would you be willing to adopt a child with ...

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Overview

Adoption is the right option for many more types of parents and children than we imagined a few decades ago. However, it is not the right choice for everyone. Is Adoption for You? is a guide to thinking through the issues.—from the Foreword by Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D.

Would adopting a child be a good choice for you? Would you want to adopt an infant or an older child? What about a child from another country? A child of another race? Would you be willing to adopt a child with medical problems? Could you agree to involvement and openness with the birthmother? Would you be better off working with an agency or an attorney? Do you have to be married? How much does it really cost?

Before you decide, make sure you have all the facts. In this warm, straightforward new book, adoption expert—and adoptive parent—Christine Adamec gives you the information you need to make this important decision. From financial considerations to the myriad emotional issues involved, there are numerous questions to explore. Adamec's expert guidance, drawn from personal stories, clinical studies, and academic research, helps you find the answers that are right for you.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
People considering adoption will find a wealth of information in this book. The author, an adoptive mother, addresses a wide range of issues including basic facts about adoption, domestic and international situations, single parenting, birthparents, agency and private approaches, special needs children, and open adoption. The book does a good job of providing an overall snapshot of the topic. The author's style is down to earth and relaxed. She cites authorities in the field often and offers personal opinions from time to time (i.e., when discussing attachment and bonding). A state-by-state list of resources is listed in the back of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471183129
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE ADAMEC is the publisher of Adoption/Medical News and the author of several books about adoption, including The Encyclopedia of Adoption and There Are Babies to Adopt. She writes a monthly column for National Adoption Reports, published by the National Council for Adoption. An adoptive mother, Ms. Adamec founded an adoptive parent support group, Parents Adopting Children Everywhere, and served on the statewide Florida Advisory Council on Adoption.
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Table of Contents

UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS ABOUT ADOPTION.

Adoption Realities vs.

Myths, Fears, and Common Emotions.

Basic Facts About Adoption.

LOOKING INWARD-- QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF.

Taking a Look at Yourself as a Possible Parent.

Bonding, Attachment, and Entitlement.

Talking with Your Spouse About Adoption.

Infertility Issues in Adoption.

How Important is Biology?

Single Adoptive Parents.

LOOKING OUTWARD-- QUESTIONS TO ASK OTHERS.

Talking to Family and Friends about Adoption.

Will Counseling Help with Your Decision?

Gathering Information.

ADOPTION ISSUES AND INFORMATION.

Adopting From the United States.

Resource, Myths and Realities of International Adoption.

Adopting Transracially from the United States and from Overseas.

Adopting Children with "Special Needs." Open Adoption.

Comments from People Who Considered Adoption.

Basic Pointers for Those Who Decide to Adopt.

Conclusion.

Appendices.

Bibliography.

Index.

About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    Thoughtful, practical and non-dogmatic advice for prospective adoptive parents

    When I first read the title of this book I immediately thought: Who, other than my heart, can tell me whether adoption is for me? But the author asks enough questions and brings up enough issues that I see the importance of considering all these points before proceeding. This book pulled the mirror up to my face even about our own adoption 34 years ago! Fortunately, the answer is still yes,adoption was for us, only I didn't think about all the things the author brings up,such as ten adoption myths which are important to clear up before considering adoption. (I thought about none of them 34 years ago and dove right into adoption!) I'm glad the author mentioned the myth that adopted kids don't attach to adoptive parents. I can assure you that our daughter, adopted at age 4 days in 1969, is deeply attached to us. She has met her birthmother at age 28, and there is no doubt that her attachment to us, her adoptive parents, is primordial and unshakable. I especially like the author's neutrality about open or confidential adoptions. She cautions the prospective adoptive parents to become as informed about the practice of openness or confidentiality as possible and only to choose one or the other after careful consideration of what they feel is right for them, not for what is pushed by anyone. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?

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