From Library Journal
Across the country, thousands of children with special mental, physical, emotional, or placement needs wait in foster care or institutions for families to adopt them. Unfortunately, a system encumbered by red tape, outdated regulations, and institutional inefficiencies often slows, if not discourages, their adoption by families eager to give them a home. Babb and Laws offer here a practical guidebook to assist prospective adopters. The authors are adoption professionals with Ph.Ds. in psychology who between them have a total of 14 adopted children with special needs. Their book offers a wealth of practical advice on getting started, becoming a family, facing realities (finances, education, transracial adoption), and coping when things go wrong, plus an extensive appendix full of valuable resources. A nice addition to any adoption collection.?KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Although definitions vary from state to state, special needs children include those with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities and those with problems due to their age, sibling status, race, and such risk factors as exposure to drugs in utero. Completely frank and remarkably compassionate, this detailed, comprehensive guide to the issues, participants, process, and outcomes involved in adopting children who will require special support is an important, sorely needed addition to the current informational literature on adoption. Babb and Laws bring professional and personal experience to the task of demystifying special needs adoption, and they cover such key topics as how to find a child, prepare for adoptive parenthood, anticipate early placement experiences, manage finances, advocate within the educational system, and cope when things go wrong. Tables, checklists, and frequent references to additional resources add value to their informed advice to prospective adoptive parents. Kathryn Carpenter