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Parenting As Adoptees [Kindle Edition]

Adam Chau , Kevin Ost-Vollmers
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Through fourteen chapters, the authors of Parenting As Adoptees give readers a glimpse into a pivotal phase in life that touches the experiences of many domestic and international adoptees – that of parenting. The authors, who are all adoptees from various walks of life, intertwine their personal narratives and professional experiences, and the results of their efforts are insightful, emotive, and powerful. As Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW, LCPAA, PLLC, notes:

“Rarely has the experience of parenting as an adopted person been laid to bare so candidly and vividly. The authors provide a provocative, touching and, at times visceral and unyielding, invitation into their lives as they unearth and piece together the magnitude of parenting when it is interwoven with their adoption narrative. It is a prolific piece that encapsulates the rawness that adoption can bring from unknown histories, abandonment, grief, and identity reconciliation which ultimately reveals the power of resiliency and self-determination as a universal hallmark in parenting.”

Moreover, despite its topical focus, the book will interest individuals within and outside of the adoption community who are not parents. “Parenting As Adoptees,” writes Dr. Indigo Willing, “contributes and sits strongly alongside books by non-adoptees that look at issues to do with ‘the family’, race, ethnicity and migration. As such, this book should appeal to a broad audience interested in these various fields of inquiry.”


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  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988585804
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CQT Media and Publishing, LGA Inc; 1 edition (August 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YPLCYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting As Adoptees Review August 19, 2012
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The book "Parenting as Adoptees" centers the voices of transnational and transracial adoptees in order to shed light on what individual experiences, structural barriers and research exist in the lives of adoptees that are also parents. Adoptees boldly address both the benefits and struggles of being adopted, refusing to shy away from the lived realities and how embodiment of this multifaceted identity affects their parenting. Nouns like holes, conflict, loss, and separation arise but so do verbs such as erasing, inventing, healing and growing. Personal stories are utilized to illustrate how societal realities such as the privilege of conformity, colorblindness, the salience of race and the importance of naming are played out in the lives of these adoptees, their families and communities. "Parenting as Adoptees" also resists the allure of a single story that represents all adoptions; instead stories range from parents with abusive backgrounds to parents who were loving but unsure to parents that worked to identify systemic inequities with their children from an early age.

Editor Adam Chau concisely shares his hope that centering the voice of adult adoptees will reverse the trend of ignoring an entire population of adults whose knowledge is essential for the survival and thriving of future generations of adoptees. Editor Kevin Ost-Vollmers shares the experiences of returning to Korea with his young son only to find a buried resentment arises which once recognized, leads to a tenderness between father, mother and son. Jennifer Lauck's chapter tells a story of changing from a mother in "adoption denial" to healing and connectedness through the support of her son, a shaman and an optometrist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone are the children August 19, 2012
By Eunhee
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As an adoptee, I always wondered what happens when we stop being other people's children and become parents ourselves. I see now how it is for many of my peers and I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. Parenting As Adoptees is a book like no other. To read it was like reading the conjoining of great minds, souls and reflections of life as someone who has lived in-between. Each essayist bravely revealed the inner depths that adoption has affected them at the most vulnerable moment in a person's life, when they become the sole proprietor of another life. I loved the diversity of the pieces, the weaving of research within the individual experiences and the immense risk all of the writers took in explaining how parenting has affected who they are in the context of being an adopted person. Gone are the children, now we finally get to know how the lifelong experience of adoption truly impacts a person.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Every Adoption Library August 21, 2012
By Amanda
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The pieces that make up the Parenting As Adoptees anthology come from the minds of adult adoptees with a variety of impressive backgrounds. Several of the authors have a multi-dimensional view of adoption through numerous adoption connections, whether by having adopted siblings or adopted children, working professionally with the adoption community, or researching and writing about adoption. Themes that emerge from these combined essays include issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, domestic and international adoption, foster care, identity, attachment, belonging, trauma, addiction, genetic inheritance, and family systems-to name just a few. It is clear that each author has approached their contribution to this collection of personal narratives with the willingness to be transparent, brutally honest, and even vulnerable to their readers. These authors are not adopted children, as too often people picture when they hear the word "adoptee." They are adults and professionals; they are parents of children of their own, and they have something to say.

This book addresses several stark needs in the adoption community by putting more adoptee voices in popular media, by contributing to the acknowledgement of adoptees as adults and parents, and by encouraging the adoption community to accept the value of adult adoptee narratives. There is a need for more people to start recognizing that someone does not magically cease to be adopted once they've reached the age of majority. To be competent in the culture of adoption, one must recognize this fact and see to it that adult adoptees of a variety of walks of life and stages throughout the lifespan are incorporated into adoption discourse. There is both a need and a demand for books like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read the book in one night - it was riveting, insightful and informative. As an adoptive parent in a transracial and multi ethnic family I found resonance on almost every page. The voice of the adoptee as parent is groundbreaking and much needed - particularly I think for parents raising adopted children. The perspective shift provides new ways of understanding the pressures and challenges in our families and brings the adoptee's needs clearly into the focal point. The book was moving, challenging, engaging and beautifully written. I will be recommending it to my friends and clients (I am a clinical psychologist) who are adoptees, parenting adopted children or really anyone who has adoption in their family tree.
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