It takes a team to write a book. We were fortunate to receive a great deal of help and support in compiling the information contained in this book.
We would first like to thank our consultant, Traci Mullins, for her continual words of encouragement. We would like to thank our Greenwood editor, Lynn Taylor, for her most competent direction and belief in the importance of this project. We would also like to extend thanks to Corinne K. Matyas for her capable and professional editing through the rough draft stages of this manuscript.
Many individuals paved the way for this work by their leadership in the areas of child welfare and adoption. Authors and experts we wish to thank include Dr. Ronald C. Hughes and Dr. Judith S. Rycus (authors of Field Guide to Child Welfare), Sharon Kaplan Roszia (co-author of The Open Adoption Experience), Greg Keck (author of Adopting the Hurt Child), Vera Fahlberg (author of A Child's Journey Through Placement), and Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg (authors of An Insider's Guide to Transracial Adoption). Other experts whose work informed this manuscript include Dr. Denise Goodman, Dee Paddock, Susan Cox, Dan Houston, Beth Brindo, Cheryl Reber, Jane Nast, and Susan Peleg, and Dr. Randolph Severson.
We would like to call particular attention to the outstanding work of PACT Press (publisher of An Insider's Guide to Transracial Adoption) and the Parenthesis Post Adoption Program in pioneering many of the materials and concepts used in this book.
Several exceptional adoptive families shared their stories with us so that other families might benefit from their wisdom. Norma and Anne