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Lois Ruskai Melina is the editor of Adopted Child newsletter and serves on the board of directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of information about adoption and providing guidance for practice and policy change in the field. Melina speaks frequently about adoption to professional organizations and adoptive parents throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. She is the author of Making Sense of Adoption and the coauthor of The Open Adoption Experience.
It really helped me to understand how open adoptiongs work.
If you're thinking about adoption, even if you're thinking that open adoption isn't right for you I highly recommend taking a chance and buying this book.
And yet. . . yet. . . The U.S. has gone from one extreme of adoption practice (secrecy) to another, openness.
We had to go through a lot of classes prior to the adoption of our son. I thought this book would have more insight on dealing with open adoption than what I already know. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Smith
Adoptions are evolving toward openness, which frightens many adoptive parents and their families. The Open Adoption Experience teaches valuable, universal lessons for all those... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jody Cantrell Dyer, author of The Eye of Adoption, the true story of my turbulent wait for a baby
Very helpful book! Lots of good information, easy to read, well organized. Would recommend it before adopting, but really helped us even years after adopting.Published 22 months ago by P. Donley
My two open adoptions were so positive that when I read this book it came across as discouraging. I got the sense that the author had a negative experience with open adoption or... Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by Mountain Mama
I really don't like this book. I am having to force myself to read it.Published on August 23, 2007 by Rhonda M. David
Good Book. Helped me understand open adoption better but did not change my mindPublished on May 7, 2003 by "debbiedon"
This book was recommended to us as we considered an open adoption. We bought and read this book (and read it again) and found it better than we imagined. Read morePublished on February 21, 2002
I can't say enough about this wonderful book. It's packed full of examples, covers more than just the pre-adoption and placement aspects, and is incredibly non-judgemental. Read morePublished on July 2, 2001 by Jo