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The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child by [Davenport, Dawn]
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Davenport, an attorney, has firsthand experience with international adoption; she's the mother of four children, one of whom was adopted from Korea. An attorney and avid researcher, Davenport leaves no stone unturned as she guides parents through the adoption process, covering such subjects as choosing between domestic and international adoption, deciding on a country, locating an agency, determining adoption costs and wading through the often overwhelming amount of paperwork. She also delves into emotional issues, including how to know when you're ready to adopt, anxieties about the health of the baby, worries about becoming a parent and telling other children and/or friends and relatives. Though upbeat, the author doesn't sugarcoat the experience, exploring the risks of adoption (i.e., developmental delays, attachment issues and other potential problems) as well as the rewards. Interspersed are poignant accounts from parents who have adopted. A comprehensive resource guide is included, as well as an invaluable chapter on what to bring and expect when traveling to pick up one's child. Davenport has aced the complex preliminary footwork; parents considering or in the process will find this to be an essential companion on their adoption journey. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Dawn Davenport is a mom of four through both birth and international adoption. She is a researcher, writer, attorney, and adoption expert. She can be reached through her website at www.findingyourchild.com. She speaks at many conferences on this topic and is interviewed frequently by national media. She lives in North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3806 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (December 10, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NJUOGM
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By V. Garcia-mendoza on December 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
When my husband and I started our adoption journey, there were a lot of books about international adoption we didn't buy. This is a major statement from two book lovers, but a true one. It seemed that the majority of the books on the adoption bookshelves were either too negative (focusing solely on the challenges of parenting a child through adoption), too shallow (treating Guatemalan adoption the same as Russian adoption) or just too dry (and when you're in the middle of paper-chasing, you need a real page turner to keep you going). So we went against our nature and mined other resources in order to become educated and bolstered throughout the process. Our minds expanded with new information, though our nightstands lacked the expected adoption reading.

My nightstand void remained until I received Dawn Davenport's The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child (Broadway Books) to review. Having been in the process with either our daughter (now home) or our son (still in Guatemala) for 14 months and being blessed/ cursed with an ever-so-slightly obsessive personality, I consider myself to be well-informed about international adoption. Davenport's book, however, presented me with even more information than over a year of experience, other research, friendships and internet groups have. Furthermore, it was a pleasure to read.

The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child actually lives up to its title by carrying its reader through the initial considerations of whether or not you should adopt internationally to adjusting to your child's first months home to celebrating his/ her personal history and birth culture.
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Format: Paperback
This is by far the best book on international adoption out there and
I've looked at plenty. Actually, this book is for anyone thinking
about any form of adoption because it has a great and succinct
discussion and comparison of all forms of adoption. Although the book
goes on to a thorough coverage of international adoption, Davenport is
clear that all forms of adoption should be considered and there is no
one type of adoption that is best for everyone.

I love Davenport's thoroughness and her compassion for parents and
kids. The book covers everything a prospective parent needs to think
about, but Davenport is nonjudgmental about many of the choices parent
will have to make. With each choice she urges parents to be honest
with themselves and to put the interest of the child first.

Because we are at the beginning stages of considering adoption, I
found the first couple of chapters most helpful: are we ready to move
on to adoption, what type of adoption is best for us, how to choose a
country, and how to choose an agency. I especially loved the chapter
on choosing a country and the charts at the back of the book on each
of the top 17 (?) placing countries. Davenport has a website
[...] that keeps these charts up to date.

Regardless of which type of adoption we choose, I know that I will use
the rest of the book as a reference, especially if we decide on
international adoption. Davenport takes your hand and walks you
through absolutely every experience you may have from finding the
money, to surviving the homestudy, to preparing the paperwork, to
waiting for your child, to traveling to meet your child, to the first
days together, to the first year home.
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Format: Paperback
Davenport's book claims to provide a step-by-step guide, and she succeeds with humor and honesty. The book offers an overview that I found useful in an initial cover-to-cover reading, and enough specifics in the chapters that as I'm completing the paper chase, I find myself going back to re-read. Some adoption books emphasize the risks so much that they're unreadable, and some gloss over the risks so much that they're unrealistic. Davenport finds the right tone by presenting the experiences of many adoptive families at the end of each chapter, offering a balanced viewpoint of each step in the process. Her suggestions are concrete, her information is accurate, and her resources are useful. All in all, the best book I've found.
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This is by far my favorite adoption book! Davenport does a phenomenal job of outlining the adoption process, from research to paperwork, travel to after your homecoming. Her writing style is engaging and easy to read. She covers this weighty topic very thoroughly, including information that I would not have thought to research (such as questions to ask your child's caregivers). Another strong point of this book is how nicely Davenport covers all sides of issues such as changing your child's name and when to tell people you are adopting internationally. The *one* downside to this book (which isn't the author's fault, but is worth mentioning) is that since it was written in 2005, not all of the country information is current, so supplement that with current research. In conclusion, if you are considering or planning on adopting internationally - buy this book!
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