Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Synopsis

Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child bridges the gap between the desire to help a waiting child and the reality of America's special needs adoption system. It is designed to be used by adoption professionals and adoptive parents, to help them get started, keep going, and locate whatever additional information and support they need. The authors are adoption professionals, long-time support volunteers, child advocates, and mothers of a total of 23 children, 14 of them adopted children with special needs.

Excerpt

Occasionally a book appears which prompts your first thought to be, "Why didn't someone write this book sooner?" Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child is certainly such a book. Remembering our own experiences in the adoption and rearing of special needs children beginning in the 1950s and continuing through the 1980s we would have certainly relished the wealth of knowledge and experience the authors have provided herein. That probably answers the question posed above--because this is a book that could only have been written by those who had both the practical and professional knowledge of children that the authors have accumulated. This was accomplished through years of personal experience with these "special kids." As a result, this is a very unique guide for both parents and professionals, a "how- to" that starts with the decision to adopt a special needs child and ends with information about launching these same children into adulthood.

The knowledge imparted in these chapters is of value not only to people directly involved in adoption but also to all those individuals who serve children. Educators could especially benefit from the insights so clearly presented in these pages. This is a book in which Dr. Babb and Dr. Laws show how these children, who some would call "unadoptable," can become happy and well-adjusted members of a family, of a classroom, and of society.

--Dorothy and Robert DeBolt September, 1996 . . .

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