Adopting Eldar: Joy, Tragedy and Red Tape: A Unique International Adoption

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Author House, Apr 7, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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At its simplest, this is the story of an adoption. Simple stops there. This is a book that takes you to Europes highest mountain, to Moscow in chaos, to the streets and valleys of Bulgaria, and the palaces of Vienna, all part of the unimaginable tangle that begins when a 13-year old Russian sends a fax to America. Anyone who has been involved with adoption, or has contemplated adoption, will feel the twists and turns, the emotional peaks and valleys. Normally, international adoptions involve infants, who in effect, start an entirely new life before they are old enough to remember anything about their pre-adoption days. On the other hand, a 13-year old: Is already formed, has a culture and a language (which isnt yours) Has parents who have raised himso why would they let him go? He still loves his birth parents, and they have raised him well. So, what is going on? In this case, has had more than his fair-share of tragedy, dislocation and trauma, and is in for a lot more before the book is done The story truly has all the elements of a suspense novel, and it teaches you never to take anything for granted, never to give up, and never to think that anything is hopeless. There is deep, deep sadness in this book, as well as the miracle of two families fusing into one. There is a lot of laughter too, and many, many wonderful characters, some of whom could have stepped out of the pages of Dickens. Furthermore, what happened nextwell that is even more remarkable. But, that is another story.

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Chapter 1 The Fax
Chapter 2 The Pizza
Chapter 3 The Meeting in the Caucasus
Chapter 4 Making Contact
Chapter 5 The Hand of Fate
Chapter 6 Corridors of Power
Chapter 7 Crisis in Vienna
Chapter 8 August 24 1992
Chapter 13 The Hand of Fate Again?
Chapter 14 Loves Young Dream
Chapter 15 The Anniversary
Chapter 16 Our Son
Chapter 17 The Cold Hand of Fear
Chapter 18 The Way Back
Chapter 19 Life begins again
Chapter 20 Shortening odds

Chapter 9 Settling In
Chapter 10 Defining the Options
Chapter 11 Where Next?
Chapter 12 Indecision and Confusion
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About the author (2005)

Professor Baker has published eleven books, but he recently moved away from the academic obsession with being published, to the more challenging one of being read. He has always been an academic, claiming it to be marginally more rewarding than being unemployed. He has always been driven, creating or helping to create 6 new University Departments, making dean at 29—you get the picture. Spending time with the Foreign Legion in the desert, with General Idi Amin, or advising kings and sultans, should be enough for anyone—but none of this prepared him for being chosen for parenthood at 48 by a 13-year old he couldn’t even speak to, but then, what 13 year old speaks to a parent? His life became really interesting at this point.

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