An adoptee offers compassionate and comprehensive guidance to locating "adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents." Strauss proceeds from the view that seeking reunion with relatives estranged by adoption is a good thing, and she marshals impressive reasoning and evidence to support her case. She discusses the laws that make adoption records confidential in the introduction and thereby sets the stage for the search strategies that follow. As Strauss points out, the history of adoption is neither simple nor consistent, and the nature of adoption today is very different from what it was when present adoption laws were enacted. The more a searcher understands the nature of adoption practices and laws, she says, the more likely his or her search is to succeed. Strauss interweaves the story of the search for her own birthparents with the strategies for finding birth relatives, and whether or not one agrees with the practice of adoptees or birthparents initiating searches for lost relatives, she tells that personal story compellingly. Thus, Strauss' effort offers considerable insight into the motivations of a particular adoptee as it encourages and counsels others wishing to undertake such a search themselves. Mike Tribby
Jean A. S. Strauss is the wife of a college president and the author of Birthright (Penguin) and lives in Claremont, California.
very helpful to understand how adopted children feel and what the birth mother experiences at a reunionPublished 8 days ago by Anita
Excellent information for those searching for parents... it helped me find my birthmother!
A comprehensive guide, albeit a bit dated it did provide many different perspectives that one must be sensitive to before making/taking the leap toward looking for your birth... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joel A. Chambers
This book was useful. I would recommend it. Easy reading and lots of good endings, although it does show some of the difficulties.Published 14 months ago by Brenda M
This book was informative and practical. It was invaluable in helping me prepare for and go through my reunion with my birth family.Published 22 months ago by Lilybean
You could get a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside or you could get a book that gets to the heart of the matter and tells you like it is. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rachel Kind
The funny part of this story, I was never adopted, but my friend was. For seven months on my own with just his birthmother name. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Miriah Cross
I bought this to give as a reunion gift to a very good friend. It was highly recommended by several friends.. this is a must read. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Kathleen S. Brush
as an adoptee, felt this is a fabulous read. I bought this to give as a gift to a friend.Published on June 5, 2013 by Kathleen S. Brush