Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four

Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four

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ISBN-13: 9780882824826
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 314,954
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero is a communications and research assistant for the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She lives in Wappingers Falls, NY. Gloria Russo-Wassell is a nationally certified counselor and doctoral candidate in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University with a private practice specializing in child and adolescent development. She lives in Dover Plains, NY. Victor Groza is a professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, with an area of expertise in child welfare and institutional care of children, focusing on family, children, and service system issues in domestic, older-child adoption and inter-country adoption. The author of numerous books and articles relating to child welfare and global adoption, he lives in Cleveland.

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December 13, 2014 Review: Title: Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children OverAge Four Authors: Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, M.A., Gloria Russo Wassell, MS, and Victor Groza, PhD Reviewer: Anthony Grimaldi, PhD I am not a parent. I have no intention of adopting any child. I was drawn to Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children OverAge Four by authors Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, M.A., Gloria Russo Wassell, MS, and Victor Groza, PhD. Why?  I was browsing in a bookstore. I saw the book’s cover and was attracted to it, cognizant as I said,  knowing that I had neither interest nor expertise in Adopting Older Children. But I liked the graphics of the cover  (as a former art professor)  and could not resist opening the book itself.   From the moment I opened the book, I found the prose irresistibly  inviting that it impelled me to read further and buy Adopting Older Children. I read it in 3 sittings. Although the authors recommend that you “cherry-pick” the chapters you need to consult at the moment, I recommend, instead,  that after the reader does this, they read Adopting Older Children in its entirety to get the gestalt or the “big picture” involved here with all types and issues of adoption. This is important! The book is encyclopedic in scope. I was stunned by how the authors seemed to cover every aspect of this subject:  topics, insights, and perspectives, beyond my capacity to imagine or to anticipate. More importantly to me personally, is that Adopting Older Children struck me that any parents could profit from Adopting Older Children in raising their own children [adopted or not].  I learned a great deal about my own upbringing (both heart-warming and heart-breaking) even though I had natural parents. Adopting Older Children was more useful than any other counseling I had received from any other psychologist or psychiatrist in my 64 years! I understood things about myself that I never did before. “Know thyself.” I thought I did at my age.   The book is current (2014) and it covers (and to some degree stresses) adopting older children drawn from every culture including our own. It illustrates the gamut of behaviors exhibited by both parents and children, is politically correct in discussing gender and same-sex issues of both the potential parents as well as those of the children. For instance? What about children who are hostile? Reject the potential parents? Are disabled in tragically irremediable, incurable ways? How does one navigate the almost insuperable problems posed by bureaucracies in either countries (or just our own) in the “adoption obstacle course” posed by nations? The authors provide copious notes, legal material, web sites, and every permutation of knowledge available in dealing with adoptions of any kind. The book treats the politics, policies, and difficulties encountered in some specific countries. Financing and expenses involved in both adopting children from abroad and supporting them here are also exhaustively treated and real life solutions shown. The tables provided in the book are helpful without being massively overwhelming or redundant. I was similarly impressed by the dynamics suggested by the authors in helping children, adopted or not, and of any age group: games, scrap books, communicating with children of the same country in camps/support groups, houses of worship, the parameters in relating to biological families and extended families, activities with their new siblings extended families and even suggesting the Kazdim Method as a possible methodology. What the authors are adamant about doing is as significant as what they adamant about not doing. Reader take note.   I  have neither the time, nor space here, to tell how meticulously the authors describe, and evaluate, the various screening processes involved with the compatibility of  both parents and children.  As a retired teacher, I heartily admired how teachers, principals, school counselors, may help or hinder the situations encountered by foreign students in school and in life by adoptees. Bullying and ostracism among them.   The book is written seamlessly. It is balanced and argues the good and the bad about adopting older children. Adopting Older Children is not a “feel- good book,” nor propaganda for adopting older children in the United States or abroad. I wish to reiterate that the bibliography and list of resources at the end of the book are all encompassing “Awesome” as we say colloquially these days.  “Adopting parents are real parents” is my favorite line in Adopting Older Children. An update, or another book, on this subject will not be needed soon in the future.   Anthony Grimaldi, Ph.D.