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• Provides an insider's look at the home study process
• Offers advice on single-parent adoptions, gay parent adoptions, and parenting adopted children
• Explores adoption procedures in both the United States and Canada, and gives information about international adoptions
• Details a directory of adoption agencies in the United States and Canada
"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."-
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"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.)See all Product Description