Raising Adopted Children, Revised Edition: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent

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Harper Collins, Sep 7, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 400 pages
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In this completely revised and updated edition of Raising Adopted Children, Lois Melina, editor of Adopted Child newsletter and the mother of two children by adoption, draws on the latest research in psychology, sociology, and medicine to guide parents through all stages of their child's development. Melina addresses the pressing adoption issues of today, such as open adoption, international adoption, and transracial adoption, and answers parents' most frequently asked questions, such as:

  • How will my child "bond" or form attachments to me?
  • When and how should I tell my child that he was adopted?
  • What should schools be told about my child?
  • Will adoption make adolescent upheavals more complicated?

Up-to-date, sensitive, and clear, Raising Adopted Children is the definitive resource for all adoptive parents and concerned professionals.


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great resource

User Review  - chicagoavidreader - Borders

very easy to read and with a great list of resources should you need to dig in. its an honest book on emotions and facts. definitely a book that will sit on your shelf while you are in the process and that you will refer to afterwards. Read full review

Raising Adopted Children

User Review  - leslei - Overstock.com

I was very disappointed in this book. Ms. Molina is an adoptive parent with a positive reputation in the adoption community but I found this book so useless that I returned it for a refund. For the record I am the adoptive parent of 5 later placed children. Read full review


The Transition to Adoptive Parenthood
Adjustment of the Family
Bonding and Attachment
Talking About Adoption
How Adoption Affects the Family
Are Adoptees at Risk?
The Important Family History
Contact with Biological Relatives
Ethnic and Cultural Identity
Serious Behavioral Problems
Special Situations in Adoption
Selected References and Resources

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About the author (2010)

Lois Ruskai Melina is the editor of Adopted Child newsletter and serves on the board of directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of information about adoption and providing guidance for practice and policy change in the field. Melina speaks frequently about adoption to professional organizations and adoptive parents throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. She is the author of Making Sense of Adoption and the coauthor of The Open Adoption Experience.

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