Adoption Is a Family Affair!: What Relatives and Friends Must Know, Revised Edition

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 15, 2012 - Social Science - 152 pages
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A child is coming – whether you approve or not it's time to get with the program! If someone you care about – a family member, co-worker, or close friend – has recently announced that their family will be growing through adoption, you may have questions. After all, unless you have personally experienced adoption, you may know very little about how adoption works and what it means. Are you worried that your loved one may face disappointment? Do you find yourself wondering exactly what your role is going to be in the child's life? Does the term "open adoption" confuse and concern you? Just what are the privacy boundaries for families built by adoption: what is it okay to ask about? Adoption Is a Family Affair! will answer all of these questions and more, offering you information about who can adopt, why people consider adopting, how kids understand adoption as they grow up, and more. This short book is crammed full of the 'need to know' information for friends and families that will help to encourage informed, happy and healthy family relationships.
 

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User Review  - dougdepriest - LibraryThing

While this book would make for a poor framework for the adoptive parent, it is true to its aims. We bought a copy for parents, aunts & uncles, and cousins because we thought so highly of its impact. Adoption is a family affair. And this book will help your family to prepare. Read full review

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User Review  - autumnesf - LibraryThing

Recommended by several articles & people as a book to pass on to family. I bought it & read it-was a little disappointed. I wish they had covered more attachment issues & other things we have been ... Read full review

Contents

About the Author
10
Acknowledgments
11
The Announcement
13
Turning Loss into Gain
16
Your Personal Private Fears
24
The Facts vs the Myths
45
Getting Ready
63
Home at Last
84
Adoption Issues through a Lifetime
106
Expanding the Family Culture
111
Special Issues
116
Adoption and the Rest of the World
121
How You Can Learn More
136
Top Five Hot Buttons Not to Push Or Open Mouth Extract Foot
140
Index
150
Copyright

Parenting in Adoption
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About the author (2012)

Patricia Irwin Johnston is not only a mom through adoption, but a member of a family which includes a birthmother, several adopted people, and several sets of adoptive parents. She is a well known and respected professional educator and volunteers within the infertility and adoption communities, having served on the boards of directors of several influential organizations including RESOLVE and Adoptive Families of America. Pat is the author of several popular books on adoption and infertility and lives in Indianapolis, USA.

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