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

By L. Anne Babb; Rita Laws | Go to book overview

Foreword

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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • PART I GETTING STARTED xv
  • Chapter 1 Special Needs Adoption in the United States 1
  • Chapter 2 Choosing the Type of Child You Will Adopt 23
  • Chapter 3 Finding a Child 41
  • Chapter 4 Preparing for Parenthood 51
  • PART II BECOMING FAMILY *
  • Chapter 5 Early Placement: What Parents Experience 65
  • Chapter 6 Early Placement: What Children Experience 77
  • PART III REALITIES *
  • Chapter 7 Living with Special Needs 89
  • Chapter 8 Finances 129
  • Chapter 9 Working with Educators and Schools 147
  • Chapter 10 Transracial Adoption 163
  • Chapter 11 International Special Needs Adoption 179
  • PART IV FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE *
  • Chapter 12 When Things Go Wrong 191
  • CHAPTER 13 Special Needs, Special Situations 222
  • Appendix: Resources 223
  • References 243
  • Index 247
  • About the Authors 255
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