- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 2, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C56FXLS
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I particularly liked that she talked about her daughter's struggles and behavior problems when she first came home but that over time these behaviors decreased. These behaviors tend to scare prospective parents off, but they almost always get better with patience and loving care. The only thing I disagree with is her statement that love cures every behavior/psychological problem. This is simply not true. Some children will always have severe problems and struggles no matter how much love they get. However, that's rare, and frankly, can happen with biological children or children adopted domestically/internationally.
I have four children adopted from foster care, and found her story to be very accurate. No child adopted from care comes with no trauma to heal from, just as no child (bio or adopted) comes with guarantees. Nia and her husband did whatever it took to help their child heal (sleeping arrangements, therapy, seeking to understand the pain and fear behind the behaviors, etc). Yes, there ARE some children in care whose trauma is beyond the average one of us to manage, but there are far more that simply DO just need a patient, loving home.
I am grateful to have someone shine a light on the GOOD side of foster care. Thank you, Nia!!!
After their adoption is final, Vardalos gets a bit self-congratulatory about her and her husband's parenting choices. She also describes one too many of the experiences her family and friends have with their new child. It's nice, but it's not exactly compelling reading. Thank goodness for a few Hollywood stories at the end that were too weird to not be true. Funny.
The book starts out with Nia telling us about her life with her family, her art, her burgeoning career as an actress. She tells us about her struggles with being accepted for who she is and not who others want her to be. She tells magical stories about getting into The Second City as a resident company member, meeting Ian Gomez, her husband-to-be there, falling in love, finding her way artistically.
Then the dozen attempts at In Vitro Fertilization.
Stuff gets real there. Funny, but real.
It's a quick, compelling and beautiful read.