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Is Adoption for You?
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"Adoption is the right option for many more types of parents and children than we imagined a few decades ago. However, it is not the right choice for everyone. Is Adoption for You? is a guide to thinking through the issues."— from the Foreword by Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D.

Would adopting a child be a good choice for you? Would you want to adopt an infant or an older child? What about a child from another country? A child of another race? Would you be willing to adopt a child with medical problems? Could you agree to involvement and openness with the birthmother? Would you be better off working with an agency or an attorney? Do you have to be married? How much does it really cost?

Before you decide, make sure you have all the facts. In this warm, straightforward new book, adoption expert— and adoptive parent— Christine Adamec gives you the information you need to make this important decision. From financial considerations to the myriad emotional issues involved, there are numerous questions to explore. Adamec's expert guidance, drawn from personal stories, clinical studies, and academic research, helps you find the answers that are right for you.

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UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS ABOUT ADOPTION. Adoption Realities vs. Myths, Fears, and Common Emotions. Basic Facts About Adoption. LOOKING INWARD-- QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF. Taking a Look at Yourself as a Possible Parent. Bonding, Attachment, and Entitlement. Talking with Your Spouse About Adoption. Infertility Issues in Adoption. How Important is Biology? Single Adoptive Parents. LOOKING OUTWARD-- QUESTIONS TO ASK OTHERS. Talking to Family and Friends about Adoption. Will Counseling Help with Your Decision? Gathering Information. ADOPTION ISSUES AND INFORMATION. Adopting From the United States. Resource, Myths and Realities of International Adoption. Adopting Transracially from the United States and from Overseas. Adopting Children with "Special Needs." Open Adoption. Comments from People Who Considered Adoption. Basic Pointers for Those Who Decide to Adopt. Conclusion. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. About the Author.

About the Author

CHRISTINE ADAMEC is the publisher of Adoption/Medical News and the author of several books about adoption, including The Encyclopedia of Adoption and There Are Babies to Adopt. She writes a monthly column for National Adoption Reports, published by the National Council for Adoption. An adoptive mother, Ms. Adamec founded an adoptive parent support group, Parents Adopting Children Everywhere, and served on the statewide Florida Advisory Council on Adoption.

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