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Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child Hardcover – May 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0897894890 ISBN-10: 0897894898 Edition: 1st
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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 Unfortunately, a system encumbered by red tape, outdated regulations, and institutional inefficiencies often slows, if not discourages, their adoption by families eager to give them a home.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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (May 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897894898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897894890
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "kdkcnjn" on October 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are going to read only one book on adopting children with special needs let this be the one. With their vast personal and professional experience in adopting special needs children, Babb and Law clearly explain the most important information and most critical emotional issues which pre-adoptive parents need to consider. My husband and I have adopted three special needs children. This book helped us understand how to advocate for ourselves as we moved through the process of adoption, how to advocate for the children both before and after the adoption and how to address some of the many complex emotional issues faced by a family which chooses to care for and love special needs children. My hearfelt thanks go out to Rita Law and Anne Babb for this wonderful gift of book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ktays@ifdc.org on February 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book should be required reading for everyone considering "Special Needs" adoption. I recommend the book be read before you start the process. It's a wealth of current information. This book is written so well that you will enjoy reading it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books geared toward addressing the issues of Special Needs Children.<BR>This book far surpasses any other book I've read on the subject.<BR>I would recommend it to anyone interested in advocating for children.<BR>It is a valuable and comprehensive tool for parents and professionals dealing with Special Needs.
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