Launching a Baby's Adoption: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals

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Getting ready to adopt a baby under a year of age takes physical, emotional, financial, and practical preparation just as being pregnant does! This new resource provides practical strategies for making choices about names, child care, breast vs bottle feeding, etc; promoting attachment through the senses (taste, much, smell, sight, etc.) as well as through routine; adjustments between parenting partners; dealing with post arrival blues; bringing family and friends on board; dealing with a birthparent's change of ...
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Overview

Getting ready to adopt a baby under a year of age takes physical, emotional, financial, and practical preparation just as being pregnant does! This new resource provides practical strategies for making choices about names, child care, breast vs bottle feeding, etc; promoting attachment through the senses (taste, much, smell, sight, etc.) as well as through routine; adjustments between parenting partners; dealing with post arrival blues; bringing family and friends on board; dealing with a birthparent's change of heart, figuring out what's an adoption issue and what's not, and more.
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Adoption usually involves several different parties: the child, the birthparents, the adoptive parents, and the agency, social worker, or lawyer. Each has a unique perspective on the process. In Pregnant? Adoption Is an Option, Lindsaya former teen parent, educator, and authorfocuses on today's adoption process (closed adoptions are no longer the rule) and the rights of birthparents. Here, 39 birthparents share their experiences and the emotional implications of their decisions. The topics discussed include the role of the birthfather, the child's extended family, the importance of counseling, selection of the adoptive parents, birth, grieving, and planning ahead. Lindsay provides the informational tools necessary to develop an "adoption plan," which gives the birthparents a sense of control. This book provides the basic education and empowerment essential for birthparents to make the right decision for their baby. Johnston, an infertility and adoption educator as well as author, wants to educate adoptive parents and professionals about "child-centered" adoptions. With the emergence of "open adoption," she tries to quiet the fears of perspective adoptive parents by emphasizing the benefits of honesty and openness. Practical suggestions for welcoming an adoptive baby include discussion of the impact of past infertility, society's and the family's reaction to adoption, naming the baby, bonding, attachment, and birthparent relationships. Information on the baby's past experiences and conditions as well as future expectations are intended to ease a sometimes difficult transition. The well-being of the child being of primary importance, Johnston encourages the involvement of all parties to provide for a smooth transition and healthy upbringing. Both books are excellent primers for birthparents and perspective adoptive parents. Highly recommended for public libraries.Lisa A. Errico-Cox, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780944934166
  • Publisher: Perspectives Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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