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The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family Kindle Edition

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Schooler's strength lies in her relating the emotional issues of adoption: identity, grief and barriers to attachment...As a mother of four adopted sons, I found this book to be beneficial. -- Katrina Schmitz, Christian Retailing, April 15, 1993

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Thinking about adoption? You must have questions—hundreds of them, in fact. The Whole Life Adoption Book has the answers.

With the most current information, research, and parenting strategies, this book is a practical resource every adoptive family should own. And it’s now recommended reading by the National Council For Adoption (NCFA). You’ll understand the impact of adoption on birth children and learn about links to other resources for the journey ahead.

Every question you’ve considered—and some that you haven’t—will be answered in the pages of The Whole Life Adoption Book. To learn more about the NCFA, visit

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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1600061656
  • Publisher: NavPress; Rev Upd edition (April 7, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2008
  • Language: English
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Jayne E. Schooler, an enthusiastic supporter of families formed by adoption or foster care currently serves as a international trainer, consultant, and curriculum writer with the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio. She has partnered with Casey Family Programs, the National Foster Parent Association, Spaulding for Children and the National Council for Adoption in writing and training projects. Her unique experience as both a foster/adoptive parent and adoption professional offers her audiences credible experience and support.

Jayne has over 25 years of experience in working with and speaking to families and professionals in child welfare, first as a foster parent, then as an adoptive parent, adoption professional and educator. Jayne's first book, The Whole Life Adoption Book,(1993 and revised 2008) is required reading for adoption agencies around the country. She is also the author of Searching for a Past,(1995) and co-author of an award-winning book, Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child.(2000) and Journeys after Adoption (2002) and Mom, Dad, I'm Pregnant" When Your Daughter or Son Faces an Unplanned Pregnancy.(2004) Her newest book project, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents was released January, 2010.

Since 1989, Jayne has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter on family life issues as well as foster and adoptive parent issues on state, national, and international levels for both families and professionals. She has made guest appearances on over three dozen radio talk shows across the country, speaking on adoption and family life issues. She was selected as the 2006 Trainer of the Year for the Ohio Child Welfare training program and also awarded the Distinguished Service in Training award (2006) by the National Staff Development and Training Association.

Jayne's international work has taken her to Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and in 2010, her speaking and consultation expands to Poland and New Zealand. This is cooperation with the International Leadership and Development Center headquartered in Canada. One of her books have been translated into Russian (Telling the Truth) and plans are in the works for two others - in Russian and Polish.

In addition to her training and writing responsibilities, Jayne also serves as a faculty member in the Life Issues Counseling Department of the Master's International School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. She and her husband, Dr. David Schooler, are the parents of two adult children, Ray, age 43 who joined their family by adoption at age 16, and a daughter, Kristy, 33 and grandparents of three.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on July 16, 2008
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Do not make the mistake of buying earlier editions of this terrific volume. The new, June 2008 edition is considerably longer and more detailed than the original book, good though that is.

First off, this edition deals in much greater detail with questions and issues surrounding the inter-country adoption process, which today is governed by the Hague Convention for International Adoptions. (Would that the convention had been in effect when we adopted abroad.)

From our perspective, a decade-plus into the adoption experience, some of the material here is of little interest. But for families considering adoption or in the early stages of building and adoptive family, there is much good advice, beginning with discussions of the healthiest motivations for wanting to adopt, and acceptance of the "foundational realities."

It's appalling to learn here how many families have adopted children and never told them they were adopted. It should be understood that children have a right to know where they come from, even if the available details are very sparse. Along with accepting that foundation is the reality that adoption generally involves healing for the adoptive parents as well as the child. In most cases, the parents must accept their inability to conceive; they must also understand that their child suffers --- and will continue to do so --- from a Primal Wound that requires nursing and extra care to heal.

The book also has excellent chapters on attachment trauma and the difficulties of dealing with adopted kids during their teens. Children may say being adopted has been easy for them. And children adopted as infants, especially, do fare pretty well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By aafc on June 19, 2001
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I work with adoptive parents who are just getting their children (from the child welfare system). This book helps parents figure out what questions they need to be asking. It also is very instrumental in showing us what kinds of issues might come up 2, 5, 10 years from now for an adopted child. Just last night, i had another adoptive parent who is about to finalize their adoption rave about this book. Sometimes it is hard to see beyond a child's need today, but we must be prepared for tomorrow, and this book helps us to do that.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Randy Buchanan on April 19, 2000
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This title is clearly one of the better adoption resource books on the market. It contains a large amount of practical yet thoughtful advice and brings to the attention of adoptive (or potential adoptive) parent considerations that clearly are appropriate but that may not have been obvious before reading the book. The first section of the book clearly would benefit prospective adoptive parents as they work through a myriad of issues before and during the adoption process.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Carson on November 27, 2010
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The Whole Life Adoption Book was required reading by our adoption agency. It contains a lot of good information on adoption for all different types including: domestic, international, foster-care, birth, older child, etc.

While we will keep the book because of some good sections we can use for reference, I felt that the majority of the stories and examples came from the same families or always related to adopting a child at birth. Some other items are never addressed in the book such as: Cost, CPS' role, process of adoption (international, private, or foster-care), etc.

I know the author wanted to keep the book to a manageable length and the items that are missing can vary in each state, country, and situation, but more information could definitely be given.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Nieman Anderson on November 18, 2009
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If you are considering older child adoption - from U.S. foster care, an international orphanage, or even your own family, please read this book. It gives a great outline of what to think about before choosing adoption- what kind of adoption, what kind of child, and what kind of agency - is a good fit for your family. Also positive suggestions on how to explain adoption to your family before adopting and to your community after adopting and to your children throughout the entire process.
This book seemed very "overview"; while there were good suggestions, I'd like to read more detailed information about many of the topics.
The book seemed to focus on adoption of older children, which might seem more unusual to your family or community. There was also a lot of talk about adopting a child after already having biological or adopted children in your home.
While the book is published by a Christian company, and does reference some Christian ideas (explaining adoption to your child's sunday school teacher, explaining to your child that we are all children of God) it's not a religiously focused book. Any adoptive family can learn from it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CHH on January 12, 2007
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I believe this book is a great resource for any adoptive parent, however, the book seems to be more for domestic adoption rather than international adoption. This is especially true of the chapter "Searching for a Past: Why adopted Children Seek Their Roots and How Parents Can Respond". My issue is that since my daughter is adopted from China there is absolutely no way that I can help her find out anything about her birth parents. In China, babies are abandoned. Birth parents do not have the option to take a child to the proper autorities to be placed for adoption, they do not get to make an adoption plan. Due to governmental restrictions birth parents are prohibited from doing these things. So what do I tell my daughter when she wants to find her birth parents? I was hoping for some direction in this book but found none. Also, the section on how to explain Abandonment does not work for children adopted from China because that is never how it happens there. This book is an excellent resource for parents adopting domestically and was helpful in explaining things that all adopted children will go through regardless of when they were adopted.
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