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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?
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.
About the Author.
Posted August 21, 2003
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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.