- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse Star (January 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595297846
- ISBN-13: 978-0595297849
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chinese Adoption Handbook: How to Adopt from China and Korea
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About the Author
John H. Maclean is an attorney and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife have adopted two children from Russia. He is also the author of The Russian Adoption Handbook: How to Adopt from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
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Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book (and, yes, he is a bit funny), but read others as well. Maclean gives different advice about certain things than do other authors. My husband and I liked this aspect to use as a comparison to others. It gives us the opportunity to see that not everyone views/does every element of the process the same way nor offers the same advice. We can take what is applicable to us from each how-to style adoption book we read.
Nitpick: while I applaud the author for self-publshing, he could use an editor. Too often, information is written then a few paragraphs later the identical few sentences appear. Worse, Maclean contradicts himself by stating at the start of the book that you should pick your agency last--e.g., after the homestudy--then later on describes the agency you've chosen as performing the homestudy, thereby creating the need for choosing the agency first.
Ultimately, I'd give "The Chinese Adoption Handbook" three and a half stars -- four for its comprehensive information, but it loses credibility due, perhaps, to poor editing... but I am left wondering how accurate some of it is. Knowing, as well, that Maclean adopted his children from Russia, I wonder if the information has been gleaned in tidbits and applied to the Chinese process or if he really has taken part in Chinese adoptions.
Update 7/06 -- We ended up finding this book FAR more useful than I would have anticipated. Maclean's advice throughout the entire first half, the "US Paperchase," was very helpful each step of the way. I had pages bookmarked at each juncture we approached (researching agencies, the homestudy, etc).
The main issue with this book is that it is very poorly written. With all of the things adoptive parents need to sift through in this process, we certainly do not need to decipher bad grammar, typos, etc. On one page, the author talks about going to Moscow to pick up your child--clearly this was just a cut/paste from the "Adopting from Russia" book he wrote, and no one bothered to proof his work.
When reading the reviews about cut and paste from Russian adoption guide books and bad editing, I couldn't help but notice that this author looks like he's horribly trying to jump on the "how to" bandwagon of international adoption, which is precisely the thing most supporters of international adoption would cringe at the thought of this procedure to be anywhere close to "bandwagon."
I ask as one of the international adoption supporters to not buy this book. If you can't even separate two distinctive countries, what insightful information could you possibly give a couple wanting to seriously approach international adoption and raising an interracial child?
I think the other reviewer might be talking about an older version as the one I read was the 2004 book.