Magazine article Work & Family Life

Celebrating Adoption and the New Pathways to Parenthood

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Celebrating Adoption and the New Pathways to Parenthood

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For some, parenthood comes easily; for others the path is long and paved with challenges-not only physical but emotional and financial as well. Parents at Last by Cynthia Peck and Wendy Wilkinson, with photographs by Helen Kolikow Garber, tells the story of nearly three dozen families who have taken different paths to bringing children into their lives, including both domestic and international adoption, high-tech medical procedures and even surrogacy.

Parents at Last is divided into four sections, each covering a different area of the parenting cycle. "In the Beginning" includes stories of would-be parents as they pursue their dreams of creating or adding to their families. "The Wonder Years" looks at families settling into their new roles and responsibilities-and responding to children who start asking "Where do I come from?"

The next section deals with the nitty-gritty details of raising preadolescents in a family that may be perceived as "somewhat different" by outsiders. …

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