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The Face in the Mirror: Teens and Adoption
     

The Face in the Mirror: Teens and Adoption

by Marion Crook
 

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Being a teenager in today's complex world is a difficult enough task, but adopted teens have a unique struggle: to discover their identity and a sense of belonging and place in the world, which often means coming to terms with their past. The Face in the Mirror, based on numerous interviews with adopted teens, adoptive parents, and birth parents, brings

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Being a teenager in today's complex world is a difficult enough task, but adopted teens have a unique struggle: to discover their identity and a sense of belonging and place in the world, which often means coming to terms with their past. The Face in the Mirror, based on numerous interviews with adopted teens, adoptive parents, and birth parents, brings attention to the growing and often controversial phenomenon of teenagers wanting to know where they came from.

The book, written for both teenagers and adults, is a frank discussion of the issues surrounding adoption, and in particular what adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents should know when adopted teens want to discover their past. The book also addresses the impact of cross-cultural or cross-racial adoption, as well as the legal parameters of adoption in the US and Canada, including the complex emotions involved.

As written by Marion Crook, an adoptive parent herself and the author of previous books about teens, The Face in the Mirror articulates the complexity of adoption issues with candor and compassion.

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Library Journal
Crook here explores the issues affecting teenage adoptees, attempting to tackle their "struggling to develop a sense of self." Though she conducted 40 interviews throughout British Columbia, her expertise on the subject comes mainly from observations of her two adopted children. The synopsis of the history of adoption is interesting, the interviews charming, and the writing style pleasant enough for lay readers, but when one attempts to analyze content and Crook's research techniques, the shortcomings become evident. The author herself seems to question her methodology. Not recommended.--Mee-Len Hom, Hunter Coll., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551523231
Publisher:
Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
2 MB

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