This book could not have been complete without the advice of mentors in special needs adoption: Joe Kroll and the North American Council on Adoptable Children; Bob and Dorothy DeBolt and Aask America; Adoptive Families Magazine editor Lynda Lynch, and all the folks at Adoptive Families of America who have supported our work for many years; and our dear friend DWe Williams, who read our manuscript from start to finish and gave us invaluable advice.
We appreciate Cheryl Reidy for reviewing and improving work on disclosure of information and transracial adoption; Adrienne Okin, for her advice on international adoption and English as a second language; Jim Cadwell of the Native American Child and Family Resource Center for his help with Native American issues and adoption history; and Peggy Soule for her generous sharing of the history of American photolisting.
Our special thanks to our advisers in higher education, Dr. LeRoy Cordray and Dr. Tom Neal; and to a politician who really puts kids first, the honorable Mark Seikel, Oklahoma House of Representatives. We also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, whose grant produced the seedling into which this book grew.
While this book was being written in our hearts, we were buoyed by the support and friendships of fellow members of Prodigy's on-line adoption community including Jody, Maggie, Jean, Curry, Patty, Sylvia, and Sharon. We are very grateful to Prodigy's management, ever supporting us in advocating for special needs adoption on-line.
Friends who gave us invaluable advice, feedback, and support as we wrote this book include Paul Mekaske, Bonnie Hagan, Jody McCollum, and Chuck and Nancy Diven. We also want to aknowledge the work Julie Agle did at The Family Tree in pioneering a multi-service agency that truly served the