Unofficial Guide to Adopting a Child

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The process of adoption - be it an open or a closed adoption, domestic or international - is seldom simple, short, or standardized. It can often take many years of frustrating and expensive searching before parents can bring an infant or child home, and once they do, they face a whole new set of challenges as they learn together to be a family.

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Overview

The process of adoption - be it an open or a closed adoption, domestic or international - is seldom simple, short, or standardized. It can often take many years of frustrating and expensive searching before parents can bring an infant or child home, and once they do, they face a whole new set of challenges as they learn together to be a family.

The Unofficial Guide to Adopting a Child gives prospective adoptive parents the inside scoop on:
* How long it will really take to adopt, and how much it will cost
* What the challelnges are for single people, older couples, and gay lesbian couples seeking to adopt
* What the all-important home study entails -- from writing the autobiographical statement to creating a child-friendly atmosphere
* What questions to ask agency personnel and birth parents -- and what questions to refuse to answer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028634944
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #46
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author Andrea DellaVecchio, MA, M.Ed., is the coordinator of the Vermont Adoptive Parent Support Network. She is currently involved with several projects in her home state of Vermont dedicated to giving voice to parents of challenging adopted children and to teaching the community how to help these children. Ms. DellaVecchio is also a member of the Court Improvement Project of the Vermont State Initiative on Protecting Abused and Neglected Children. In conjunction with Casey Family Services, a post-adoption program, she has developed an educational curriculum to help teachers who work with children with Reactive Attachment Disorder and is participating in training workshops statewide. She has worked with the Federation of Families for Mental Health to develop a video for the secondary caregivers of adopted children with attachment issues. A 20-year veteran of teaching middle-school English in the United States, Ms. DellaVecchio spent two years teaching English to educators in Asia. She is the author of numerous articles for a variety of professional journals and newspapers such as the Glens Falls Business Journal and the Saratogian. She and her husband, Tony, are the parents of two daughters who were adopted.
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Table of Contents

Why "Unofficial"?

The Unofficial Guide Readers Bill of Rights.

The Unofficial Guide Panel of Experts.

Introduction.

I. It's All About Making Choices.

1. Describing Your Dream.

2. Making More Decisions--Agency or Independent?

II. The Business of Finding a Child.

3. The Ins and Outs of Domestic Adoptions.

4. The Lowdown on International Adoptions.

5. Ways to Build a Nontraditional Family.

III. Taking Care of More Business.

6. Laying Down the Law.

7. More Dollar Signs.

IV. Ready, Set, Action.

8. The Secrets to Passing the Home Study.

9. The Secrets to Passing the Time.

VI. First Things First.

12. The Facts About Reactive Attachment Disorder.

13. In the Public Eye.

14. When You Can't/Shouldn't Do It Alone.

VII. All in the Family.

15. Fitting the Puzzle Together.

16. The Facts About Searching.

A. Glossary.

B. Resource Guide.

C. Recommended Reading List.

D. Support Groups.

E. Important Statistics.

Index.

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