With the heart of an adoptive mother and the eye of a journalist, Lois Gilman navigates the often complicated but ultimately fulfilling world of adopting a child.
This practical, wise, and encouraging book contains all the information a couple or an individual needs to investigate adoption alternatives, arrange for and complete a successful adoption, and raise an adoptive family. Beginning with a broad overview of options for both domestic and foreign adoption, the author provides details about agencies, home studies, paperwork, and legal issues. Also covered are procedures for agency and independent adoptions as well as concerns about intercountry adoption, special-needs children, preparing for a child's arrival, and longer term questions about the impact of adoption on your family over the years.
This newly revised fourth edition features:
While it is impossible to predict where anyone's adoption journey will end, it is easy to suggest where that quest should begin: right here, with this book. Jill Smolowe, author of" An Empty Lap "Lois Gilman has concisely compiled a wealth of essential information for prospective parents in a book that is not only readable but a valuable reference. Lois Melina, author of" Raising Adopted Children" and" Making Sense of Adoption "Lois Gilman hasn't missed a thing in this comprehensive, informative and well-organized source of information." Ours "A resource guide, indeed: very much attuned to today's adoption [needs]... Gilman's optimistic outlook, her specific advise and cautions, and her extensive listings...gives childseekers every possible advantage." Kirkus Reviews ""While it is impossible to predict where anyone's adoption journey will end, it is easy to suggest where that quest should begin: right here, with this book."Jill Smolowe, " An Empty Lap"
|Learning about Adoption||p. 1|
|Exploring Adoption through an Agency||p. 31|
|Searching for a Baby Independently||p. 73|
|Understanding Open Adoption||p. 109|
|Searching for a Waiting Child in the United States||p. 137|
|Pursuing an Intercountry Adoption||p. 163|
|The Home Study||p. 201|
|Preparing for Your Child||p. 253|
|Raising the Adopted Child||p. 341|
|Getting Advice||p. 391|
|Adoption Directory: A State-by-State Guide||p. 397|
|App. C: For Further Reference||p. 521|
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Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 1st November 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 4