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Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges Paperback – November 1, 2008
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I especially appreciated the following quote:
"People make some of the same principal mistakes when they are contemplating adoption that they do when considering marriage. Everyone expects the new arrangement to fulfill all longings and dreams. The reality is that in both cases--marriage and adoption--the parties involved can expect to work very hard for a long time with no guarantees that life will turn out just the way they hoped. In most cases, the end result doesn't look anything like they expected, but it may be a greater blessing than they imagined." --Raymond and Ann Holland
Books by Robert Karen and Jean Mercer, for example, adhere to research evidence on child development and attachment and would be a better choice.
This book is a Focus on the Family Resource. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc published it.
This is a wonderful resource book for families that want to adopt or, that is thinking about adopting. It is also a valuable resource for someone who may be thinking about giving up her baby for adoption.
I love how it shows you step by step what to do in the process. It's a book that adoptive parents can come back to time and time again. I think it's almost a must read for anyone even considering adopting. I do not think most people would even realize what adopting a child would mean to them, the child, and the birth mother.
I absolutely loved the idea in the book about having a ceremony to celebrate the process. The book talked about one that includes having a ceremony in a Church. It makes it very personal for the adoptive parents, the child, and the birth mother. You are not only doing this adoption legally (with the paperwork involved), but before God. How Awesome is that! This is a must read for anyone in the adoption process.
While reading this 275 page book, I took 11 pages of notes. I especially enjoyed the personal testimonies by adoptive parents or adoptees at the end of every chapter.
"Take comfort in knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for your child just the way he is." -p.239, by Michael Safko.
For other quotes and for topics discussed in the book, see my blog, Delana's World.
Books by Delana H. Stewart:
Nine Year Pregnancy: Waiting on God-Our Journey of Adoption
My Paper Pregnancy Journal: A place for you to tell your adoption story with insights to guide you on your journey.
Three Days at Sea: Soul floatation when the waves are pulling you under
Each chapter covers different aspects, and is written to the parent, not a social worker. I would also encourage anyone who has close friends growing through adoption, to read this book to help be a better friend!
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Very helpful for families thinking of adoption and those already home with their children! I love that this book is put out by Focus on the Family...a name I really respect.Published on January 9, 2014 by Aimee Beddingfield
We have adopted 2 children into our family, and some days just seem extra tough. Randomly reading a few pages of this book almost instantly brings me encouragement and... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by MNmom