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The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child [Kindle Edition]

Dawn Davenport
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Book Description

The go-to guide for everything you want to know about international adoption

From the initial decision—Is adoption right for you?—through returning home with your child—How can you ease the transition?The Complete Book of International Adoption takes parents step by step through the entire process of adopting a child from another country.

You will find:

• An easy-to-understand analysis of the differences between domestic and international adoption

• Advice on choosing a country, including 25 important factors to consider, such as the waiting times involved and the estimated costs for each of the top placing countries, with charts for easy comparison

• A detailed discussion of the potential health issues based on the latest research and interviews with doctors who specialize in international adoption

• Worksheets and a suggested system for preparing and organizing the extensive paperwork involved

• Parenting tips to enhance attachment and suggestions for addressing the issues that come up in raising an internationally adopted child

• Real parents’ stories and advice at every stage of the process

• Plus all of the information you need to select your agency, plan financially, prepare for the home study, travel sensibly, evaluate your child’s health and integrate your new family

More than just provide the facts, The Complete Book of International Adoption also helps parents manage the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory. Sensitive, wise, and often witty, this book is a must-have for any parent considering building their family through adoption.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Davenport, an attorney, has firsthand experience with international adoption; she's the mother of four children, one of whom was adopted from Korea. An attorney and avid researcher, Davenport leaves no stone unturned as she guides parents through the adoption process, covering such subjects as choosing between domestic and international adoption, deciding on a country, locating an agency, determining adoption costs and wading through the often overwhelming amount of paperwork. She also delves into emotional issues, including how to know when you're ready to adopt, anxieties about the health of the baby, worries about becoming a parent and telling other children and/or friends and relatives. Though upbeat, the author doesn't sugarcoat the experience, exploring the risks of adoption (i.e., developmental delays, attachment issues and other potential problems) as well as the rewards. Interspersed are poignant accounts from parents who have adopted. A comprehensive resource guide is included, as well as an invaluable chapter on what to bring and expect when traveling to pick up one's child. Davenport has aced the complex preliminary footwork; parents considering or in the process will find this to be an essential companion on their adoption journey. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Dawn Davenport is a mom of four through both birth and international adoption. She is a researcher, writer, attorney, and adoption expert. She can be reached through her website at She speaks at many conferences on this topic and is interviewed frequently by national media. She lives in North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3806 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (December 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from December 7, 2006
When my husband and I started our adoption journey, there were a lot of books about international adoption we didn't buy. This is a major statement from two book lovers, but a true one. It seemed that the majority of the books on the adoption bookshelves were either too negative (focusing solely on the challenges of parenting a child through adoption), too shallow (treating Guatemalan adoption the same as Russian adoption) or just too dry (and when you're in the middle of paper-chasing, you need a real page turner to keep you going). So we went against our nature and mined other resources in order to become educated and bolstered throughout the process. Our minds expanded with new information, though our nightstands lacked the expected adoption reading.

My nightstand void remained until I received Dawn Davenport's The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child (Broadway Books) to review. Having been in the process with either our daughter (now home) or our son (still in Guatemala) for 14 months and being blessed/ cursed with an ever-so-slightly obsessive personality, I consider myself to be well-informed about international adoption. Davenport's book, however, presented me with even more information than over a year of experience, other research, friendships and internet groups have. Furthermore, it was a pleasure to read.

The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child actually lives up to its title by carrying its reader through the initial considerations of whether or not you should adopt internationally to adjusting to your child's first months home to celebrating his/ her personal history and birth culture.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended! January 30, 2007
This is by far the best book on international adoption out there and
I've looked at plenty. Actually, this book is for anyone thinking
about any form of adoption because it has a great and succinct
discussion and comparison of all forms of adoption. Although the book
goes on to a thorough coverage of international adoption, Davenport is
clear that all forms of adoption should be considered and there is no
one type of adoption that is best for everyone.

I love Davenport's thoroughness and her compassion for parents and
kids. The book covers everything a prospective parent needs to think
about, but Davenport is nonjudgmental about many of the choices parent
will have to make. With each choice she urges parents to be honest
with themselves and to put the interest of the child first.

Because we are at the beginning stages of considering adoption, I
found the first couple of chapters most helpful: are we ready to move
on to adoption, what type of adoption is best for us, how to choose a
country, and how to choose an agency. I especially loved the chapter
on choosing a country and the charts at the back of the book on each
of the top 17 (?) placing countries. Davenport has a website
[...] that keeps these charts up to date.

Regardless of which type of adoption we choose, I know that I will use
the rest of the book as a reference, especially if we decide on
international adoption. Davenport takes your hand and walks you
through absolutely every experience you may have from finding the
money, to surviving the homestudy, to preparing the paperwork, to
waiting for your child, to traveling to meet your child, to the first
days together, to the first year home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know- and entertaining! February 17, 2007
By Meegan
Davenport's book claims to provide a step-by-step guide, and she succeeds with humor and honesty. The book offers an overview that I found useful in an initial cover-to-cover reading, and enough specifics in the chapters that as I'm completing the paper chase, I find myself going back to re-read. Some adoption books emphasize the risks so much that they're unreadable, and some gloss over the risks so much that they're unrealistic. Davenport finds the right tone by presenting the experiences of many adoptive families at the end of each chapter, offering a balanced viewpoint of each step in the process. Her suggestions are concrete, her information is accurate, and her resources are useful. All in all, the best book I've found.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was the first book (of many) I bought as I started to research international adoption. It's been so helpful that I've recommended it to two other women in the two months since I first picked it up. It's written with knowledge, compassion and humor. Dawn Davenport presents the ins and outs of international adoption in just enough detail and with a deep sense of humanity. The appendices in the back of the book provide a wealth of information on specific programs by country, as well as guidance on further reading and research for the reader. And the adoption paperwork filing system she has developed is a work of organizational genius! This is a wonderful and thorough introduction to the wild ride of international adoption.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start! January 28, 2007
By Craig
Like many of you, we are in the very beginning stages of the adoption process. This book is truly what it claims to be, a step-by-step guide. When we initially came to the decision to adopt we had no idea where to start or how this whole process works. Now with this book, we not only have the insight and advise from the author but also the stories from the many families that have already adopted and what to expect from their experiences. We now feel educated about this process and have many additional resources to help us through it all thanks to this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great information, but Kindle edition full of errors
This book provided me with a great overview of the entire international adoption process. I feel very ready for our process after reading this book, and I loved the personal... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Lunde
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book to start with though
Needs an update. When I started investigating international adoption online via Davenport's site, some things were outdated (including the website address). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angel Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
Very informative. We are about to start the adoption process and it answer SO MANY questions I had. Really helping me to get a grasp of where to begin.
Published 17 months ago by abbridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous - highly recommended!
This is by far my favorite adoption book! Davenport does a phenomenal job of outlining the adoption process, from research to paperwork, travel to after your homecoming. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by KayElle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to International Adoption!
After browsing through many books that focused mainly on domestic adoption this book finally provided the information my husband and I needed to understand the ins and outs of... Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by Misa
4.0 out of 5 stars A to Z Adoption
This is an A to Z, step-by-step book on adoption. We had already started our process and chosen our agency and home study agency. Read more
Published on August 29, 2011 by Kathy M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book is filled with very helpful information. It focuses mainly on infertile couples (at least in the beginning) which is not very helpful for a single woman looking to adopt,... Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by W. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanting our child and lost in the process
What a great book! While I typically don't buy anything without first reading reviews on this site, I went out on a limb and bought this book when I stumbled across it in a local... Read more
Published on May 3, 2011 by A. Neff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
This book was one of the First Books I read on Adoption and I loved it. It helps Parents get off to a Great start on what you need to do from the Homestudy to Immigration to... Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many mistakes on the kindle edition
I have nothing negative to say about the content. I only wish that I had bought a hard copy instead. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Rebekah Gray
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