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An adoptee offers compassionate and comprehensive guidance to locating "adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents." Strauss proceeds from the view that seeking reunion with relatives estranged by adoption is a good thing, and she marshals impressive reasoning and evidence to support her case. She discusses the laws that make adoption records confidential in the introduction and thereby sets the stage for the search strategies that follow. As Strauss points out, the history of adoption is neither simple nor consistent, and the nature of adoption today is very different from what it was when present adoption laws were enacted. The more a searcher understands the nature of adoption practices and laws, she says, the more likely his or her search is to succeed. Strauss interweaves the story of the search for her own birthparents with the strategies for finding birth relatives, and whether or not one agrees with the practice of adoptees or birthparents initiating searches for lost relatives, she tells that personal story compellingly. Thus, Strauss' effort offers considerable insight into the motivations of a particular adoptee as it encourages and counsels others wishing to undertake such a search themselves. Mike Tribby
Jean A. S. Strauss is the wife of a college president and the author of Birthright (Penguin) and lives in Claremont, California.
To help someone not only understand why they are searching, but help in getting started in the search. This was a God send for me! Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Matt's Army Mom
A fabulous book that gives anyone a number of dicrections to search. I feel inspired to go ahead now because I've been give a starting point!Published on Sept. 30 2001
After spending 2 years in college, ill with something doctors were unable to diagnose, I knew it would be up to me to find my medical history. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by guidedbyvoices
Jean Strauss works complete wonders in this book capturing the hope, hurt, and uncertainty from every angle of the triad. Read morePublished on May 30 2000