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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345504011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345504012
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The definitive guide to adoption: readable, reliable, and comprehensive. Every possible question–even the most sensitive–is answered here, and the companion website ensures the information will never go out of date."—Mark T. McDermott, former president, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

"A necessary resource for anyone considering adoption and going far beyond what you can find on the Internet, You Can Adopt filters out the noise and gathers the best there is to know on the experience of adopting." —Susan Soonkeum Cox, vice president, Holt International Children's Services

"An absolute must-read. These hauntingly beautiful tales are all about the astonishing power of love between children and parents who in so many cases seemed eerily destined to be together. This book convinced me: If you want to do so, you can adopt–and it will be the best thing you've ever done."—Susan Kane, editor in chief, Parenting

magazine "A satisfying combination of facts and guidelines that are simple to follow with the supportive, lyrical, sentimental and experienced words of those who have lived the experiences of every aspect of the process from beginning to end."—Dr. Jane Aronson, director, International Pediatric Health Services, and CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation

"We expect this guide to adoption to become the go-to book on the topic.  The authors lay out the process in a smart, step-by-step fashion; essays from adoptive parents give it the feel of a real-life support group."—Cookie magazine 
 
"An excellent handbook…This thorough and honest resource stands out among other books on this topic in both its comprehensiveness and the authors' candor…Rather than endorsing any one way to adopt, the [authors] examine many approaches and outline the benefits and pitfalls of each." —Booklist , starred review
 

About the Author

Susan Caughman , the publisher and editor-in-chief of Adoptive Families magazine, is the expert the media turns to when they have an adoption-related story. She has appeared on Fox News and NPR, and in People, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe.
Isolde Motley is the former corporate editor of Time Inc., where she was responsible for the editorial content of its women’s magazines.

Between them, Susan and Isolde have five children, three of them adopted, from China, Ethiopia, and New Jersey.

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Adoption can be a rocky road and this book, with its frank advice and encouraging tone, gives you a very accurate picture of what to expect.
Charles Hirshberg
This is a great book to start with for anyone considering adoption.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hirshberg on December 17, 2010
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When we decided to adopt, my wife and I bought all sorts of adoption guides, but "You Can Adopt" was by far the best. Adoption can be a rocky road and this book, with its frank advice and encouraging tone, gives you a very accurate picture of what to expect. It really covers everything, from mundane issues like costs to highly nuanced ones, like how to handle the emotional roller coaster ride that most adoptive families are forced to endure. It saw us through from beginning to happy ending.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mac on May 21, 2013
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I'm really looking for more of a process guide. I found this book to be more stories about faith and success. It didn't really give me any new or helpful information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MS Wally on January 6, 2010
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I've already bought several copies for people I know who are considering adoption. It's well-researched, well-organized and full of great stories - real stories. I'm an adoptive mother already and still it touched me deeply. Adoption can be a daunting subject, but this book puts all the questions, all the debates, all the options in one place. Use this book. Buy it for friends. Trust it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By spt88432 on March 4, 2012
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My husband and I wanted to know more about adoption, and before we make any appointments with any agencies we want to have an idea what we were getting into. This book is a great place to begin learning about adoption, and what different types of adoption there are and generally what they will require. I realize that legal items, costs, and international climates may change quickly (this book was published in 2009)- so I still think you need to supplement this book with current research. However, this book is a wonderful resource to help you begin the adoption process! I do not feel it was swayed towards any particular type of adoption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrina Gail Adkins on January 16, 2014
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This is a good start. Let's one know the types of questions they should be asking. Nice easy read, I would recommend to couples at the beginning of their adoption journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SandeeLyn on February 25, 2012
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This is a wonderful book for those who are new to adoption. They did a great job of explaining each avenue available to parents as well as breaking down terms, costs, proccesses, etc. After reading this, I feel like I have an idea of how and where to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on February 11, 2012
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We were just starting to look into adoption and feeling completely overwhelmed when I came across this book. It is exactly what we needed. It lays out all the options in the adoption process start to finish. And what I like best is that it gives you the basic info you need, and then it has stories from real people who have been there. It's a reference book, but also very personal. The best of both worlds. I have also independently verified much of the info in the book, so I think it's very accurate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hollister on October 21, 2009
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We have been through the adoption process twice already, so we can't speak about how useful this book is for the new parent researching adoption. We do like how the book is organized, and we like the positive and encouraging language (some adoptin books are surprisingly negative and full of warnings). We also like that our daughter's picture is featured in the book! Yes, we are biased in rating this book. Our family is a testament to the joyful blessing of adoption. You can adopt too!
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