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Our Own
     

Our Own

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by Trish Maskew
 

Based on the author's experiences as an adoptive mother and foster parent, as well as interviews with professionals, adults who were adopted, and dozens of adoptive families, this tribute to "our own kids" is easy to read and filled with compassion, humor, and common sense. Suitable for families adopting domestically or internationally, it covers a wide range of

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Based on the author's experiences as an adoptive mother and foster parent, as well as interviews with professionals, adults who were adopted, and dozens of adoptive families, this tribute to "our own kids" is easy to read and filled with compassion, humor, and common sense. Suitable for families adopting domestically or internationally, it covers a wide range of topics related to older child adoption, including:

  • Choosing an agency and finding a child to adopt
  • The family's adjustment
  • Ways to help your child bond
  • Dealing with school issues and officials
  • Handling difficult behavior such as tantrums and lying
  • Recognizing the symptoms of ADHD, posttraumatic stress, and other mental health issues
  • The "core issues" of adoption, such as grief, identity and loss
  • Birthfamilies and culture
  • Hepatitis, parasites, and other medical issues
  • The joys of becoming a family

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Library Journal
In this thorough guide to the adoption of older children, Maskew--a mother of three, including two boys adopted at ages five and nine--argues that there's a big gap between the fantasy of adoption and its reality. While it was once thought that lots of love and a good home would take care of the problems inherent in adopting a child, families and social workers now know that that is not true. 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 that includes books, periodicals, web sites, clinics, and published reports round out this title. Excellent for all public libraries.--Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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

ISBN-13:
9780966970159
Publisher:
Snowcap Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
762,125
Product dimensions:
0.64(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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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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