From Publishers Weekly
The face of adoption has changed dramatically in recent years, a fact that the author, whose daughter is from China, knows very well. "Just ten years ago, I would have had far fewer options, as a single woman over forty, to adopt," Alperson writes. In this invaluable handbook "for multicultural families formed through adoption," she offers not only her firsthand experience and wisdom, but also that of other adoptive parents and experts from around the U.S. She also provides an expansive resource directory for everything from adoption agencies and publications to Web sites and sources for multicultural toys. After tracing the history of cross-cultural adoption in the U.S.--which only began in a significant way after WWII and the Korean War--the book outlines some of the specific issues facing multi-ethnic families, along with strategies for dealing with them. Whether it's facing down racism and family disapproval, helping to create a diverse community in which to raise a child or arranging a homeland tour, Alperson (The International Adoption Handbook) leaves no stone unturned, and her frank style, along with the abundant interviews laced through the book, lend a supportive tone to discussions of both the struggles and joys that multicultural families experience. For readers just beginning to consider cross-cultural adoption or those already in the thick of it, this fine book should be at the top of their resource list.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Based on her research and her own experiences raising a daughter born in China, Alperson (The International Adoption Handbook) has written a helpful book for parents who want to make the ethnic and cultural heritage of their adopted children part of their everyday lives. Her down-to-earth, practical guidance for building multicultural ties will appeal to people thinking about adoption as well as those who already have adopted children. The 80-page annotated listing of publications, organizations, and web sites that follows the text is well done and provides a wealth of information, although this reviewer would not call the compendium a "sourcebook." Alperson's advice is similar to that of the founders of PACT: An Adoption Alliance, Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall, in Inside Transracial Adoption (LJ 11/1/00), although her focus is more directly on international adoptions. Recommended for parenting collections.- Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.