Adoption: A Reference Handbook

Adoption: A Reference Handbook

Adoption: A Reference Handbook

Adoption: A Reference Handbook


This compilation of the best thinking about adoption by both historical and current authorities reveals a vital, ever-changing practice affecting the lives of millions of people around the globe.


In late July 2006, while thousands of U.S. citizens rushed in panic to get out of war-torn Beirut, a prospective adoptive American parent of a Lebanese boy refused to leave. Interviewed on radio, she planned to stay with “her” child, not yet formally adopted. “What mother would leave her son behind?” she asked. “I don’t know anyone here. If I go, I’ll never see him again.”

Chris, adopted at age six into a family with older birth children, is now twenty-six. In a discussion with his father, he stated (or did he ask?): “I suppose you love your birth children more than the adopted ones.”

Adoption is a complicated entity. Anyone who has gone through the process as an adopted person, an adoptive parent, or as a birth parent knows this is true. The process can be so complex and filled with so many “potholes” that the subject could fill several books. While keeping much in common with adoption processes of the past, changes are constantly occurring. Keeping up with the changes in adoption can be challenging. Another area of complexity is the connection among members of the adoption triad, a relationship that for many (in the recent past) has become more open. In addition, support for all triad members is a must, but there is never (it seems) enough support to go around.

Adoption is an “affair of the heart.” But as much as adoption fills a need for love, there is much more involved. There are legal issues, psychological issues, emotional issues, financial issues, sometimes medical issues, and much paperwork.

Adoption: A Reference Handbook is intended for anyone who wants to get more informed about the many “faces” of adoption. This one-volume reference work can answer some—maybe many—of the questions that students of adoption ask. If it cannot . . .

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