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ABC, Adoption & Me -- a Multi-cultural Picture Book for Adoptive Families Paperback – July 1, 2013
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"This collaboration between an adoptive mother and her daughter tackles weighty topics. "What I love about this book is how it touches on many aspects of adoption that could be difficult to talk about, but not in a threatening or forceful way. It can be used over and over again as children grow" --Adopted Families Magazine the award-winning national adoption magazine, the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.
Reviewed By Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite"... a sweet and fun book that shows that it's okay to have a family that isn't "traditional." It raises important questions that need to be addressed by adopted families and showcases that love and acceptance are huge parts of what brings families together..."
"ABC, Adoption & Me" breaks new ground in the field of adoption experience integration. Useful for children, families, caretakers, and teachers ... uses bright cartoon illustrations to present interracial adoptive families and origin birth families with equal validity and authenticity, as well as many other adoption sensitive issues and topics. "ABC, Adoption & Me" deserves every single one of its many awards and should be a part of every child's library." Midwest Book Review
From the Author
What inspired you to write "ABC, Adoption & Me"?
Adoption brought great joy to my husband and me. As the children grew, we made adoption a normal part of family conversations. Our placement agency operated on the philosophy of finding families for children, instead of finding children for families. They spent a lot of time educating us to have an open heart about the realities of adoption. We savored the blessings adoption brought us and did not allow that pleasure to cloud our awareness that adoption had its roots in significant loss for our kids. Our family library included most of the kid's titles available at the time. Many were wonderful and we all--kids and parents--enjoyed reading them together.
But the difficult aspects of adoption never got a mention in kid's books. None ever talked about the yearning, the unanswered questions, the puzzling challenge of having both birth and adoptive families. Like most adoptees, our kids wondered about their birth parents, where they were and what they were doing. And of course, the biggie: why were they placed for adoption?
We generated our own "teachable moments" to address these complex issues. We utilized Positive Adoption Language, referred respectfully to their birth parents, and celebrated the gifts their biology contributed to our family. Yet we yearned for a book that addressed this aspect. ABC, Adoption & Me is our answer to this gap in kid's adoption literature.
Who will want to read your book?
Parents can read ABC, Adoption & Me to kids when they are young. Kids will relate to the simple concepts on a very simple level. As they mature, they'll notice the nuances of the material. For example: bellybuttons. We've all got one. The littlest of kids can understand that. As they get older, parents can expand their conversation to connect having a belly button to growing inside their birth mother.Professionals can use ABC, Adoption & Me with the client families. It makes an excellent conversation starter that works toward normalizing many issues that adoptive families face.
Why did you choose the ABC format?
We all learn new material most easily when it can piggyback on current knowledge. By using the ABCs--one of the most basic and earliest things kids learn--there is a ready framework on which to layer these new ideas. Everyone has internalized that little ditty. It's common to all kids. And the adoption concepts the book presents, meld into this context of normalcy.
What goal do you have for your book?
When my daughter and I collaborated on ABC, Adoption & Me, we wanted to assist families in dealing with the realities of adoption, to reassure kids and parents that the ambivalent feelings and conflicting ideas are common and normal. By encouraging these open discussions, families can support each other in a very authentic way. No one has to pretend perfection.
Life is diverse. Families are unique. We made an effort to be culturally inclusive so that the book represents all kinds of kids and families. What connects us all is love. We believe that thread of love and acceptance is the heartbeat of the book. We trust that it will help smooth out some of the bumps in the road as families walk their adoption journey.
Gayle H. Swift and Casey A. Swift
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