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Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents Hardcover – April 18, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161056
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Carried in Our Hearts:
 
“When I first heard Dr. Jane Aronson speak, she said ‘Orphans are all our children…all our responsibility.’ No one I have ever met takes that responsibility more seriously than Jane. I feel blessed to call her a friend and Carried In Our Hearts is an amazing account of the journey that she and countless families have taken toward shepherding children through the process of finding permanent and loving homes.”
—Hugh Jackman
 
"Mother's Day gift alert!it's an unbelievable expression of love that will expand your idea of what a family is. Go buy it!"
—Amy Poehler

“Dr Jane Aaronson is a force of nature and one of the world’s fiercest and most passionate defenders for the protection, well-being and human potential of orphaned children. For more than twenty years she has worked tirelessly to shine a light on the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of the millions of vulnerable children living in our world today, without parents or proper care, starved of love and hope, showing us that each and every one of these children’s lives can be transformed when given the opportunity. Her wisdom, humanity and understanding are evidenced in the life affirming personal stories of unconditional love she has gathered in her extraordinary new book, Carried in Our Hearts.”
—Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF

 “Her angle is incredibly pure and direct. It’s her heart to as many hearts as she can possibly touch.”
—Andrew Garfield, star of The Amazing Spider-Man

"Jane Aronson is remarkable. Smart, committed, determined, her concern for children has taken her all over the world, and her understanding of their needs is unparalleled."
Anderson Cooper

“To adopt a child is a divine act and Jane Aronson is a true angel. With passion and lightness she has lead an amazing life changing the destinies of so many children. This book is a testimony of her generosity and her life’s work!”
—Diane von Furstenberg 

"In this uplifting collection of essays, experienced adoption medicine leader Aronson (founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation) gives hope to those choosing parenthood through adoption, confirming that the often bewildering amount of red tape, the glacial pace of applications, changing international laws, and the resulting roller-coaster ride of emotions is worth it."
—Library Journal

"There is a wealth of information—and hope—here for people looking at possibilities for international adoption, and there is certainly no better advocate on the long journey than the upbeat, passionate Aronson."
Publishers Weekly

"Short, sweet, eye-opening thoughts on adoption and mixed-race parenthood."
Kirkus Reviews

 

About the Author

Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine. She has held prestigious positions at Cornell, Columbia, Mount Sinai, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1997, her dedication to adoption medicine led her to create the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, which has developed successful programs in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Serbia, and Vietnam, all aimed at improving the lives of orphans in their home communities. A blogger for The Huffington Post and CNN.com, Dr. Aronson has been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Redbook, and Glamour, and was a 2009 Glamour Woman of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News and on CNN. She lives with her fmaily—including adopted sons Ben and Des—in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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This book pulls the heart string of every parent, and would-be parent.
NewAgeMama
A must read for anyone considering creating or expanding their family thru adoption.
Pat
A great adoption story is in the book "Clara, the Early Years by Margo Kaufman".
M. James

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NewAgeMama TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having a friend who has adopted three children and has went through one bad adoption (agency they thought was credible was in fact false), this book hit home for me. I have always thought about adopting, with so many children out there already who deserve to be loved.

This book pulls the heart string of every parent, and would-be parent. With it's poignant reminders that adoption is hard; not just on the parents and children, but everyone involved. Good or bad, happy and sad, this book shows the ins and outs of adopting a child.

Showing it's not "done" even after the adoption is finished is another heart tugging aspect of this book. There are check-ups and such that must be done over a period of time. Once again the beauty and devastation are depicted wonderfully with each story told.

I love that this book has stories from different perspectives, as it really allows the reader to grasp that just like children, not every adoption is the same. It's not a cut and dry process all the time, there is so much more than most people realize.

Two thumbs up for this book (5 stars)! I am thrilled to have read this book and honored that I could read something so raw and heartfelt.

***Complimentary product received in exchange for an honest review-Review written by Steph for New Age Mama***
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Black on June 17, 2013
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If you're looking for a book to give you all kinds of different scenarios about how adoption is an incredible way to have a family or add to one, this is it. The testimonies of the various parents, siblings, and children themselves who have been touched by adoption is at times heartwarming, funny, difficult, and joyous, but it's always brutally honest. I devoured this book in two days and walked away feeling like I have a better idea of what to expect when we bring our daughter home from China later this year. Please note that if you're looking for specific "how-to's" of adoption or answers to medical questions, this is not the book for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on July 8, 2013
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"My mommy didn't carry me in her tummy, she carried me in her heart." Bailey, a 5-years old who was adopted from China. Her story is included in this book. Divided into thematic sections--such as "The Decision," "The Journey," and "The Moment We Met")--each prefaced by Dr. Aronson.

You hear all sorts of things said or implied about adoption. Some information comes from people who know a lot about it, while some comes from people who don't know anything about it but make assumptions anyway. Some comes from people whose experiences have been good; some from those whose experiences have been bad. The result? Enough conflicting information to make your head spin. The great thing about this book is that you decide where to start and what to read. It's a reference you can jump into and out of at will.

A high level overview of the different types of adoption, along with lots of practical advice on what to expect when adopting. The format was easy to read and easy to follow. I feel that this book gave a very honest, straightforward view of all types of adoption, so that the reader could decide what they are most comfortable with.

If you are considering adoption (or have already decided!) this is the book to get. This book was a wealth of information and was worth the money. It was written in terms easy for me to understand and it brought to my attention things I never thought about before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. James on May 14, 2013
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When I was reading this book I kept wishing the stories were longer, more detailed. A great adoption story is in the book "Clara, the Early Years by Margo Kaufman". The book is about Ms. Kaufman's black pug but actually half the second half is about the author and her husband adopting a baby boy from Russia. Ms. Kaufman died from breast cancer only a couple years after her son was adopted and I've often wondered how the family she left behind is doing. In any case, I enjoyed the assortment of adoption stories in this collection and the book is well worth reading especially if you are considering adoption.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Gilbert on May 11, 2013
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The essays in this book are heartfelt. I should know because my daughter wrote one of them and I see the love and care she shows for her little guy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ann on April 29, 2013
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"Carried in Our Hearts" is a tender, compelling and joyous book about the emotional rewards of becoming a family. A how-to of truly inspiring stories. A must read for everyone.
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By janet steiner on September 20, 2014
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As an adoptive mother of 2, I was drawn to this book. Dr. Aronson is well known and respected to the adoption community. She has helped so many adults and orphaned children become happy families. This book confirms how unique each story is and how miraculous adoption can be. I was especially happy to hear that Dr Jane herself has become a parent. This book illustrates that love knows no bounds geographically or emotionally . It is a crime that international adoptions have declined due to politics and gree. There are so many deserving children and yearning adults in the world wishing to be a family.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat on April 23, 2013
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CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS is a heartfelt accounting from 'real people' about the process and journey of becoming a family through adoption and of being adopted. A must read for anyone considering creating or expanding their family thru adoption.
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