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Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child
     

Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child

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by Trish Maskew
 

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Based on the author's experiences as an adoptive mother and foster parent, as well as interviews with numerous adoptive families, adoption professionals and adults who were adopted, Our Own thoroughly explores both the joys and the challenges of older child adoption. Suitable for families adopting domestically or internationally, it covers such topics as:</p><

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Based on the author's experiences as an adoptive mother and foster parent, as well as interviews with numerous adoptive families, adoption professionals and adults who were adopted, Our Own thoroughly explores both the joys and the challenges of older child adoption. Suitable for families adopting domestically or internationally, it covers such topics as:</p><p></p><ul><li>Evaluating whether you have what it takes to adopt a child who's no longer a baby</li><li>Choosing an agency and finding a child to adopt</li><li>Dealing with school and language difficulties</li><li>Recognizing how grief affects your child's behavior</li><li>Deciding how much birthfamily contact is appropriate</li><li>Teaching your child to deal with racism;</li><li>Handling difficult behavior such as tantrums and lying</li><li>Testing for and treating attachment disorder, ADHD, posttraumatic stress disorder, hepatitis, parasites, and other mental health and medical issues</li></ul><p>Since its publication, Our Own has become a must-have handbook for anyone who's adopted or is considering adopting a preschool age or older child.</p>

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Linda Beck
Raising adopted children is not the same as raising birthchildren, as Maskew knows, and she offers ideas and advice that are both practical and extensive. She deals with racism, problems around the holidays, disabled and special-needs children, and international adoptees. In a society that still views adoption as second best to birthing a child, Maskew sees commitment and support as the keys; love will come along. An excellent chapter on medical diagnosis and a full bibliography.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012776051
Publisher:
Snowcap Press
Publication date:
06/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
283
Sales rank:
443,655
File size:
414 KB

Meet the Author

Trish Maskew knows the joys and challenges of older child adoption.
Trish has parented six children: one she gave birth to, two she adopted
internationally at the ages of five and nine, and three foster children who
joined the family at the ages of nine, fourteen, and fifteen. She has also
served as a program coordinator for an international adoption agency, a
consultant to the Hague Permanent Bureau, and president of Ethica, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting ethics in adoption and advocating for the
rights of birthfamilies, adoptive parents, and adoptees. She currently is an
attorney living in Washington, D.C.

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Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be required reading for foster parents! It discusses so many real issues that we train foster parents on prior to placements. Highly recommend!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently adopted an eight year old child and was overwhelmed by her acting out every minute of every day. This book was amazingly accurate and helpful. I felt a sense of relief after reading it, knowing my child was behaving normally for what she has been experiencing. This book also contains very practical advise for dealing with negative behaviors (something I did not find very much of in other books). I would highly recommend reading this at any stage of the adoption process or down the road if you are still experiencing problems.