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Adoption Journeys: Parents Tell Their Stories Hardcover – April, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press; 1ST edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935526536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935526530
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,534,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The primal desire to love and parent a child binds these adoption narratives, based on detailed interviews with 20 adoptive parents, including heterosexual, gay and single parents, those involved in transracial adoptions and foster parents. Turner, who with her husband adopted a baby girl from Thailand, probes the different motivations for adopting, from infertility to altruism, as well as the frustrations with maladroit social workers and numb bureaucrats that adoptive parents can encounter in the process. One couple, Mark and Allison, advocate the practice of "open adoption," in which the adoptive parents and the birth parents meet one another and are all involved in the baby's birth. Looking back on the experience after their adoption was finalized, however, they both discuss their fears that the birth mother would change her mind. Another couple, Carrie and Alex, decided to adopt a child from Lebanon because they had an affinity for the culture, though Alex stated that, he "did not want the birth mother to become part of our family." Limited to descriptive anecdotes with happy endings, this study will inspire those seeking to adopt, although it does not address the complex issues that arise as adoptive children grow older, which are explored in recent books such as Joyce Pavo's The Family of Adoption and Lynn C. Franklin's May the Circle Be Unbroken. Agent, Carolyn Krupp.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Carole Turner's well-written, well-documented book provides a collection of soulful insights into the reality of adoption, which will help us all-parents, professionals, extended family and friends-understand what is really meant by adoption. This is a book for all those who care to be sensitive to the intimate nature of adoption." -- Frederick Mandell, M.D., Senior Associate in Medicine at Children's Hospital, Boston, Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School

"This book is alive with the voices of couples who have chosen to build their families through adoption. It is a valuable asset for those who are themselves considering adopting a child, as it vividly portrays the course of becoming an adoptive parent. I am happy to have this as a resource for my clients who are making the transition from infertility to adoption." -- Geri M. Ferber, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist at The Center for Fertility and Reproductive Health, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

"Turner sensitively explores thought-provoking issues inherent in the evolving field of adoption-the pros and cons of open adoption, the challenges facing people who adopt transracially and transculturally, the additional hurdles for gay couples and single people-through personal accounts from adoptive parents. Presenting the parents in their own words lends an immediacy to the bitter frustrations and elated joys of the process. A realistic, and ultimately positive, look at adoption, offering expanded definitions of parent and family." -- Sarah Saffian, author of ITHAKA: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found

"With a marvelous mix of stories about some disparate families who have adopted, Carole S. Turner has told that story that the Defords know so well-about parents and children coming together, despite all the pain, all the obstacles. She shows so beautifully how sometimes it is but the hope of love that conquers all." -- Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated, NPR's Morning Edition, author of Alex: The Life of a Child, and Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Carole Turner's book is a wonderful, moving work. Her sensetive interviews with these 11 families bring the reader into their lives without intrusion. Each account of the preparation for and travel through the adoption process is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. These families' experiences are so varied; their reasons for deciding to adopt so diverse, yet the underlying desire to build a family is common among them. I was particularly moved by the courage of the parents. They worked so hard to achieve their goals. The single parents are so brave to take on such a challenge, and the couples had their own sets of hurdles to overcome, from infertility to taking older children who were traumatized by their pasts, to travel to a foreign country to meet their children. My hat goes off to Carole Turner for being able to enable the families to open up, to her own daugher, Emma, for being the inspiration for the book, and most of all, to the families featured, for sharing their lives selflessly and being such wonderful people. I highly recommend this book for anyone whose life has been touched by adoption, or for anyone interested in family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I are just starting on our own adoption journey. I just finished reading Carole's book last week and now my husband is now reading it. I cried tears of joy throughout the entire book! I cannot thank the author enough for writing this book; Reading everyone's story gives us the understanding that though we are in for our own roller coaster, there will be pure joy in the end. The stories also answered so many questions that other books fail to address and gave me greater insight into other issues such as the heartache birthmothers go through. We, too, believe that God will lead us to our child, but the couples' words in this book reinforced and strengthened our instinct.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann Jones on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book was like joining an adoption support group! The author deftly tells the stories of several adoptive parents in different circumstances, describing their joys, frustrations, hopes and fears with such sensitivity that I found I couldn't put the book down. I was also surprised to find that I am now open to other, less-traditional forms of adoption.
I recommend it highly.
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Format: Hardcover
The stories were sincere. I was looking for more transracial adoption stories on older child adoption but only found one inside this book. The black children that were adopted were adopted as infants, so it wasn't of much interest to my situation. I found that each parental story was very honest and will help those of you who have adopted internationally.
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