The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption, 2nd Edition

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Penguin, Jan 4, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 432 pages
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"A beacon through the often tangled and varied paths to parenting through adoption" - William Pierce, President, National Council for Adoption

Hailed as "an extremely valuable resource" by Jann Heffner, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, this new edition covers the adoption process, new information on cyber adoption, changes in adoption laws, and the financial considerations of adoption.

- Updated appendixes with new listings for adoption agencies, publications, adoptive parents' groups, and adoption attorneys

- Comprehensive information on adopting abroad, Internet-assisted adoptions, and the legal aspects of adoption, including pre-birth consent laws


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A Wonderful Option
Is Adoption Right for You?
Children Who Need Families
Birthparents Who Choose Adoption
Gathering Information
What Are Your Options?
Going Your Own
Affording Adoption
Using the A Word
As They Grow
If Birthparents Remain in Contact
If Your Adult Child Searches
Why Do They Search?
How Do They Search?
Appendix A Selected Adoption Agencies

Who Can You Really Trust?
State to State
Going International
Making Your Child Comfortable
Getting Emotional
What You Should Know About Birthmothers
Raising Your Adopted Child
Heres Johnny Introducing Your New Child
Appendix B Selected National Adoption Organizations
State Public Government Adoption Agencies
Appendix E Selected Adoptive Parent Groups
Appendix F RESOLVE Groups
Appendix G Selected List of International Adoption Medical
Adopterms Glossary
Appendix J Bibliography

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About the author (2005)

Chris Adamec is a freelance writer and a retired Air Force major. She launched her own adoptive parent group in 1986 and was appointed to the Florida Adoption Advisory Council from 1989-1990. She regularly speaks to organizations and groups about adoption and publishes a newsletter entitled Adoption/Medical News devoted to addressing the medical issues that concern the adoption community. She is the author of There ARE Babies to Adopt and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Adoption. She lives in Palm Bay, Florida, with her husband and children, including an adopted son.

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