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The Basics of Adoption: A Guide for Building Families in the U.S. and Canada Hardcover – Sep 30 2006
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"This guide for parents considering adoption walks them through the process. Dickerson, a writer and former social worker in charge of foster care and adoptions, and Allen, a psychologist, wanted to provide a book that was based on their career experience. Focusing on the US and Canada, they address parenting challenges, how to choose an agency, information needed, and home visits, in addition to international adoptions and guides to the policies of 15 countries. Also covered is advice on raising an adopted child, and single parent and gay and lesbian adoptions. An extensive list of agencies (by state) in the US and Canada is included, with contact information." - Reference & Research Book News
"The Basics of Adoption is a gold mine. This is a well-written, reasoned and reasonable guide for parents considering and actively involved in the adoption process. Practical, concise and thoughtful, this guide provides prospective adoptive parents with a step-by-step program to understand important issues and make critical decisions. The Basics of Adoption will be the only book I recommend when families are considering or involved in adoption." (Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. leading author on childhood disorders, founder of Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center.)
"The Basics of Adoption is an invaluable tool for helping adoptive parents understand and navigate the adoption process from the start of their first consideration to the finish. Adoptive parents will benefit greatly from this resource, whether they are just considering the prospect of adoption and are wondering what to expect, or are experienced adoptive parents who are wondering why the agencies established the policies they did. Addressing both domestic and international adoptions, the book is thorough and well-researched, and it provides practical advice in a way that is easy to understand and interesting to read. Adoption professionals have a new tool in their libraries to increase their effectiveness in working with families who seek their services as part of the adoption process. I will be recommending it to adoptive parents with whom I work." (Sharon D. Gary, M.S., Licensed Senior Psychological Examiner, Founding Member of ATTACh (Association for the Training and Treatment of Attachment Disorders in Children))
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
the adoption books I've come across are written by adoptive parents,
journalists, and social activists, well meaning people who have never
placed a child for adoption and have little to offer other than their
own biased opinions.
What I like about this book is the fact that it was written by people
who have professional experience with adoption. There is no substitute
for experience when it comes to adoption, and that is this book's
strength. Allen is a nationally known psychologist, and, according to
the book's introduction, Dickerson placed hundreds of children on
adoption while working for a public adoption agency.
In one volume, this book explains what the home study process is all
about; it gives insider information about the best way to seek approval
from public and private agencies; it offers practical advice for single
adoptive parents; and it lists more than 1,400 adoption agencies in the
U.S. and Canada. I found the section on international adoption
My primary interest in this book was because I'm considering adopting from abroad. I've read a number of books on the subject, but they all left me wanting to know more.
I almost didn't buy this book because of a previous review on this site, but I took a chance and I'm glad I did. The reviewer must have had a personal grudge against the authors because she said they were wrong when they wrote that China accepted applications from single men. I went to the state department website on China adoptions to get the truth and, guess what, it's the reviewer who is wrong. According to the US government, China accepts "married couples (one man, one woman) and single heterosexual persons." China doesn't accept gay singles, something the book makes very clear.
This is a terrific book. It has all you'd need to know about international adoptions, with descriptions of the procedures required for each country.
Another thing I like about it is the chapter written especially for Canadians who want to adopt abroad, even in the US. I was totally shocked to learn that the US sends American children to other countries for adoption.
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