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Inside the Adoption Agency: Understanding Intercountry Adoption in the Era of the Hague Convention Paperback


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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595402062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595402069
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean Nelson Erichsen, MA, LBSW, is a co-founder of the first international adoption agency based in Texas. Erichsen and her husband, Heino R. Erichsen, have also participated in U.S. State Department Study Groups for the Hague Convention and the proposal of the Treaty at the Hague, Holland.

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Jean Nelson Erichsen was born in Minnesota during the Great Depression. As a child, she watched WWII through newsreels while her husband, Heino Erichsen, fought on the German side in North Africa, surrendered, and was sent to the USA as a POW. After their marriage they traveled the world to help children find the loving, stable families. Her most sought after book is The Reluctant Warrior: Former German POW Finds Peace In Texas. Jean wrote the first books on international adoption and two other memoirs, Butterflies in the Wind: The Truth About Latin American Adoptions, and My Portable Life: Reluctant Runaway Finds Families For Thousands of Children. Her children's book is Copito, the Christmas Chihuahua. Jean received the National Council for Adoption Hall of Fame Award and an International Rights of the Child Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Brabson on August 14, 2007
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Jean Nelson Erichsen has written a terrific book that is a must read for prospective adoptive parents and adoption professions alike. This short and clear writing is both a tool of education on the history of adoption and the long road that adoption supporters have traveled to provide for the world's children through adoption. It is also an accurate glimpse into the world of the adoption agency and the role that government's and media play in the process. This book provides excellent foundational information for prospective adoption parents as well. It is a reminder to all of us of the standard of practice that we must continue to raise the bar on so that children can continue to find loving homes and families of their own. Adoptive parents need education prior to beginning an adoption- this book is a great place to start. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a read that combines personal stories, humor, and factual information on what goes on behind the scenes of adoption.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn De Lorenzo on May 19, 2008
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This book is a concise, yet detailed book into the world of international adoption. The author does a magnificent job of outlining what prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) can expect...and what NOT to expect. She also provides tips/hints to avoid the traps set by unethical agencies (such as baiting parents with photolistings of adorable babies.)

I wish I read this book BEFORE we started our adoption journey in April 2006. We ended up loving and losing three sons by using a fraud in the adoption industry. The co-owner of the agency, Orson Mozes, has feld the country and is charged with 62 felonies. His wife and co-owner of the agency, Christen Brown, although not charged criminally is facing civil litigation(RICO).

You can read about our adoption nightmare [...]. I also have a blog devoted to fighting adoption fraud and there are many well-known advocates who are contributing writers on the blog: [...]

Well done! A MUST read for EVERY PAP!
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By Katherine T. Otte on January 11, 2008
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in international adoption-prospective adoptive parents and professionals alike. Written by Jean Nelson Erichsen, the cofounder of the first international adoption agency in Texas, it gives the reader a clear understanding of the history of international adoption, how international adoption agencies work, and the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. One point that comes through loud and clear is the difficulty these agencies have dealing with the whims of foreign governments. The anecdotal stories that are added throughout the book to illustrate key issues help keep the reader's interest. The last chapter, Predicting the Future of International Adoption, is extremeley informative for anyone considering international adoption today. Its explanation of the Hague Convention, how it came about, and what its impact will be on future adoptions will give prospective adoptive parents a better understanding of where international adoption is going and what they may face on their journey to adopt their child.
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I found this book very informative and easy to read. It provides a good insight into the adoption practice from all angles start to finish as well as historical information into organized adoption. We are adding this book to our new employee orientation as well as use their other book "How to Adopt Internationally". Inside the Adoption Agency provides information on the new Hague regulations. I highly recommend both books to families considering international adoption as well as agencies seeking training materials for staff.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristina L. Hillis on February 2, 2008
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"Inside the Adoption Agency" provides an informative description of the unique processes, challenges, and systems which influence international adoption. Her use of real life stories from around the globe illustrate important points and yield an engaging treatment of her subject matter.

Cristi Hillis, The CoMission for Children at Risk
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