Russian Adoption Handbook: How to Adopt from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova

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Adopting a child can be one of life's most rewarding experiences. Unfortunately, complex policies, legal risks, and fewer available children make adopting domestically difficult. International adoption offers a solution to parents yearning for a child of their own.

American parents are now adopting over 5000 children a year from Russia and Eastern Europe. John Maclean's The Russian Adoption Handbook is a comprehensive guide to adopting a child ...

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Overview

Adopting a child can be one of life's most rewarding experiences. Unfortunately, complex policies, legal risks, and fewer available children make adopting domestically difficult. International adoption offers a solution to parents yearning for a child of their own.

American parents are now adopting over 5000 children a year from Russia and Eastern Europe. John Maclean's The Russian Adoption Handbook is a comprehensive guide to adopting a child from overseas.

From the pitfalls to the practical, the rewards to the risks, The Russian Adoption Handbook leads parents through the maze of:

  • How the international adoption process works.
  • How to start the process.
  • What you need to know before traveling to Russia and Eastern Europe.
  • Making the most out of your trip--the inside scoop on customs, hotels, and food.
  • The children's homes, the courts, and the questions that need to be asked.
  • Medical issues, special adoption doctors, and travel requirements.
  • Post adoption procedures, and much, much more.

Practical, accurate, and written with a father's sense of humor, The Russian Adoption Handbook is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to adoption yet.

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Library Journal
Attorney Maclean provides all the information needed to adopt a child successfully from China, Korea, or the former Soviet Union. In China and Korea, he discusses trends in international adoption and the peculiarities of adopting from those countries; he also supplies copies of relevant forms while cautioning prospective adopters about roadblocks. His advice on navigating the bureaucracies of the United States, China, and Korea is invaluable; readers can take a breather with his wonderful summaries of Russian culture. Other chapters offer practical travel tips (e.g., places to stay and items to purchase for the child) and information for assessing a child's health. In Russia, Maclean (who adopted two children from that country) focuses on the "paper chase"i.e., negotiating the bureaucratic nightmares here and abroad. Especially valuable is his coverage of relevant forms and procedures. As in the other book, Maclean serves up smart travel tips, and information on agencies, medical conditions, post-adoption issues, and paperwork abounds. While Maclean concentrates on Russian adoption, he does cover the other countries enumerated in the subtitle. Recommended for large public libraries with adoption collections including books like Irina Mikhailovna O'Rear's Adopting in Russia: Your Rights and the Law. China and Korea is recommended for large public libraries holding books like Jean Nelson Erichsen and Heino R. Erichsen's How To Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595301157
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Extremely informative, but poorly written

    I recommend this book as it offers more information specific to Russian adoption than you will find in any other book. The author adopted two children from Russia himself, and he is an attorney, so he is informed about the process. He researched thoroughly for this book. In spite of its depth of information, however, this is the most poorly edited book I have EVER seen. And this guy's a lawyer? If he were going to publish, he should have taken a little more care with the editing. Also, don't get your 'basic Russian' lesson from this book. I studied abroad at a university in Russia for one semester, and I have studied the language quite extensively. If you use some of his language advice, you're sure to get a laugh from some Russians. For example, on page 165, he says that 'Hi!' is 'Draws-vee.' It is actually, 'STRAST-ee' with the emphasis on the first syllable. If you say 'Draws-vee' with your American accent, you are sure to get some strange looks. On page 166, he says that bread is 'kleb.' It's actually pronounced, 'khleb' (with a khah sound that catches in your throat. 'Kleb' just sounds ridiculous. The terrible editing and language mistakes make me wonder if I can trust the rest of the information! Still, I think it's worth buying because it is more extensive than any other source on Russian adoption that I could find. Don't buy this book, though, unless you've already decided to adopt from Russia.

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