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  • Hardcover: 543 pages
  • Publisher: Perspectives Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094493434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944934340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From infertile heterosexual couples to same-sex couples to single parents anyone who has struggled wit barriers to family-building faces similar losses and similar decisions about their next steps. But what should those next stepos be and is adoption the best way to go? Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families was written to help those who find themselves family-challenged, as it explores the adoption process within the context of deeply personal and emotional obstacles and encourages readers to actively address, examine and puzzle out the process before adoptive parenthood begins.

Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families is not a how to guide for the adoption process, It does not specifically detail the nuts and bolts topics such as which adoption agencies to contact or what paperwork is required. Rather, its goal is to serve as an experienced, compassionate guide through the hard questions that must be addressed and examined before any realisitic decisions about adoption can be made. It also provides support and practical advice that readers will need after they make their own decisions about adoption.

This is a book that explores the process of adopting asn an emoitonal journey tht begins with [a family challenge] and takes the reader through the decision making, preparation and experience of adopting. This book does a great job of looking at the deeper issues and acknowledging the complexity of feelings and experience that are all part of adoption today. If you are not infertile or are a single parent, don t be put off by the focus on couples communication and the grief of infertility in the first section; the other sections are well worth the read.

Pat is a good writer and well organized as she addresses the issues faced by adopting families. No one speaks more clearly or directly to and for this group. Required reading for waiting Pact families --Beth Hall, Pact: An Adoption Alliance, CA

Having placed my son for adoption almost a decade ago, only through Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families have I come to know and respect the dragons faced by my sons adoptive parents. Underlying this book is a great how-to guide for communication in marriages and partnerships, whether the issue faced is infertility or who cleans what when! Through Pat Johnston s insight, expertise, and personal experience in the fields of adoption and infertility, she brings knowledge and understanding to a diverse audience of readers from infertile couples and singles, to their children, to supportive family members and friends, to parents considering placement and birthparents who stand on the other side of the adoption process, to the media and general public. Certainly, a must read. --Courtney Lewis, birthparent and adoption advocate

Pat Johnston has the unique ability to understand the feelings of a person struggling with infertility and has once again shown why she is the authority on infertility and adoption resources. Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families is a wonderful tool that will help many people trying to make the transition from the emotional burdens of infertility to adoption. I would recommend this book for my infertility patients, regardless of where they are in the treatment process --Jeffrey Deaton, MD, Premier Fertility Center, NC

From infertile heterosexual couples to same-sex couples to single parents anyone who has struggled wit barriers to family-building faces similar losses and similar decisions about their next steps. But what should those next stepos be and is adoption the best way to go? Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families was written to help those who find themselves family-challenged, as it explores the adoption process within the context of deeply personal and emotional obstacles and encourages readers to actively address, examine and puzzle out the process b --Courtney Lewis, birthparent and adoption advocate

From infertile heterosexual couples to same-sex couples to single parents anyone who has struggled wit barriers to family-building faces similar losses and similar decisions about their next steps. But what should those next stepos be and is adoption the best way to go? Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families was written to help those who find themselves family-challenged, as it explores the adoption process within the context of deeply personal and emotional obstacles and encourages readers to actively address, examine and puzzle out the process before adoptive parenthood begins.

Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families is not a how to guide for the adoption process, It does not specifically detail the nuts and bolts topics such as which adoption agencies to contact or what paperwork is required. Rather, its goal is to serve as an experienced, compassionate guide through the hard questions that must be addressed and examined before any realisitic decisions about adoption can be made. It also provides support and practical advice that readers will need after they make their own decisions about adoption.

This is a book that explores the process of adopting asn an emoitonal journey tht begins with [a family challenge] and takes the reader through the decision making, preparation and experience of adopting. This book does a great job of looking at the deeper issues and acknowledging the complexity of feelings and experience that are all part of adoption today. If you are not infertile or are a single parent, don t be put off by the focus on couples communication and the grief of infertility in the first section; the other sections are well worth the read.

Pat is a good writer and well organized as she addresses the issues faced by adopting families. No one speaks more clearly or directly to and for this group. Required reading for waiting Pact families --Beth Hall, Pact: An Adoption Alliance, CA

Having placed my son for adoption almost a decade ago, only through Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families have I come to know and respect the dragons faced by my sons adoptive parents. Underlying this book is a great how-to guide for communication in marriages and partnerships, whether the issue faced is infertility or who cleans what when! Through Pat Johnston s insight, expertise, and personal experience in the fields of adoption and infertility, she brings knowledge and understanding to a diverse audience of readers from infertile couples and singles, to their children, to supportive family members and friends, to parents considering placement and birthparents who stand on the other side of the adoption process, to the media and general public. Certainly, a must read. --Courtney Lewis, birthparent and adoption advocate

More About the Author

Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS, is an infertility and adoption educator and advocate with over 30 years of experience as both a volunteer (with local and national advocacy groups in the field) and as professional (publisher at Perspectives Press, Inc.) in the field of challenged family building. She is the author of several award-winning books (the most recent, Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families won the 2009 IPBA Benjamin Franklin Award as best self-help book and a 2010 Mom's Choices Award) and has herself been given several awards, including being named a 2007 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. A member of an extended family directly touched through five generations by adoptions, Pat and her husband live in Indianapolis.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allison Martin on March 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful tome of advice and analysis on the many aspects of adoption as a way to building a family, written by a well known adoption publisher and advocate. The breadth and depth of this book is tremendous; it ranges from a discussion of infertility, the realities of adoption and whether it is the right option for you; through the emotional journey and practicalities of the adoption process; and into many aspects of being an adoptive family. While her focus is on people considering adoption, this fascinating discourse is beneficial to anyone involved in adoption, including professionals working in the field of adoption and adoptive families. Sometimes controversial, always thoughtful, as a long term adoptive family advocate myself (ComeUnity/adoption and Families of Children Adopted from Vietnam), I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in adoption.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon LaMothe on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families by Patricia Irwin Johnston was published in 2008 and yet will remain timeless. This is a book that I would personally recommend for anyone who is wondering if adoption is even possible for their own unique circumstances. On a personal note, my own father was adopted in 1937 and knowing how he was found and accepted into his family and some of the struggles that my grandparents had back 'in the day' helps me relate to others considering adoption. Because Pat is living what she writes about, it makes this book easier to read and understand.

The introduction is the first place a reader learns what they are about to encounter between the covers of this thought provoking book (don't skip this!) and then you move onto the chapters....each and every one offering a tremendous amount of information but not in an overwhelming way. If you are a heterosexual couple, single or gay and are considering adoption to build your family then this is the FIRST book you should read. From Unraveling the Challenges for Family Building to a complete overview on adoption and finally how to make sound choices that fit your expectations (think financial, taxes, age of the child, open adoption, adoption services, home studies etc.) and the 'Real Thing'. These four parts bring all the important considerations to the reader in a way that is easy to understand with Pats personal thoughtful touch regarding infertility and adoption permeating each and every chapter. I also personally love the resource section at the end of each segment! So helpful! This is also a must read for professionals in the Infertility and Family Building Field.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Raise a child who isn't biologically related to oneself as one's own is a task that only a few are up to. "Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families" is a complete and comprehensive guide to to the practice of adoption, with advice on whether it's right for a given set of prospective parents. Tackling all the issues and problems that commonly come along with adoptions and adoptive families, "Adopting" is truly a must-read for anyone who is honestly considering adopting a child. An essential pick for community library parenting collections.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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