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Be My Baby: Parents and Children Talk about Adoption

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Publisher Comments:

"A family is a family, no matter how it comes to us," reassures one adoptive father in this luminous and groundbreaking portrait of today's adoptive families.

Be My Baby is infused with the conviction of adoptive parents that they and their children were meant to be. In their own words, parents consider and speak about how their families came together, and how they're coming along.

In a section devoted to the thoughts of adopted children from nine to nineteen, kids tell what's on their minds, and how it feels to be adopted. Whether it's the many children who say, "I feel really special being adopted," their wisdom, good sense, and honesty are deeply affecting and empowering to all adoptive children.

In another part of the book, adult children look back on their lives, speaking of different life passages and speculating on how much or how little adoption has affected them. "In the end," says one woman, "being adopted is part of the recipe of who you are, but it's not the main ingredient."

Finally, birth mothers come out of the shadows to speak of their love and concern for the children they chose not to raise themselves, and their gratification, nonetheless, at finding them the right homes. Children, too, speak of the importance of knowing about birth parents in order to better know themselves.

Along with these truthful, comforting, and ebullient life stories, vibrant photographs illuminate the faces of adoptive families — be they domestic, interracial, international, open or closed adoptions — making Be My Baby an immediate and beautiful testimony to the dream — and reality — of creating a family of one's own.

Review:

"[A]n absorbing look at the joys and challenges of adoption and family formation." Vanessa Bush, Booklist

Review:

"Despite the wide range of experiences and emotions presented, the overall message is positive and affirming. The cases included make for interesting and thought-provoking reading and could be used as discussion starters." School Library Journal

Review:

"The treatment of this complex topic is honest and straightforward....Photos and text combine to deliver powerful impressions. Readers will be moved by the poignant feelings and observations expressed by the subjects in the text. This book, which covers domestic and international adoptions, is an excellent resource for adoptive families and anyone interested in this issue." Children's Literature

Review:

"The text is largely an interview based format, splendidly enhanced with the photography of Ken Shung and provides a warm, insightful, occasionally inspiring, and highly recommended reading, candidly revealing what the adoptive family experience is like in our contemporary culture." Internet Book Watch

Review:

"This is such a loving, honest, and deeply helpful book." Jamie Lee Curtis, author of the best-selling Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

Synopsis:

Told through the voices of adoptive parents, their children — young and grown up — and birth mothers, and accompanied by fifty stunning photographs, Be My Baby is a luminous window into the adoptive family. As people who have postponed childbearing, or who have been unable to have children, look for role models and real-life stories, the book shows them how well adoptive families work. Indeed, Be My Baby captures, with grace, insight, and emotion, the deeply felt bonds and life-affirming experiences that are at the heart of raising an adoptive family — or any family for that matter.

THE REAL VOICE OF THE ADOPTION EXPERIENCE

  • Presents first-person accounts from adoptive parents of all ages, adopted children from age 9 to 19, grown adoptees, and biological mothers
  • Portrays the great array of adoption arrangements and experiences: open and closed, domestic and foreign, multiracial, single and gay parents, adoptive and/or biological siblings
  • Includes interviews with and portraits of such notable adoptive parents as Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest, Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub, and more
  • Celebrates and validates how well this life choice works
  • Offers welcome support and inspiration for anyone considering adoption or whose life has already been touched by adoption
  • Addresses the hopes, fears, and joys of millions of baby boomers and all those who are today parenting through adoption

Synopsis:

With insight and emotion, "Be My Baby" dramatizes the deeply felt bonds and life-affirming experiences that are at the heart of an adoptive family. Told through the voices of adoptive parents and their children, it offers a luminous portrait of family life. 50 illustrations.

Synopsis:

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

"I think that kids feel like they'd hurt my feelings if they said something wrong. I once said to a friend, 'You know, it's okay being adopted. You don't have to treat me differently. You can ask me about it.' And she sighed and said, 'Oh, thank God.'" (CAITLIN WACHS, age nine, adopted at birth)

"The birth father's absence in the adoption scenario creates a sense that fathers matter less. That's why I think it's so very important for the adoptive father to be a really involved parent --to close that gap." (AUBREY REESE, adoptive father)

"Adoption is not something to get over. It's something I am. I'm also Korean, and I'm also Italian American; I'm a son, but I'm also an uncle, and so on." (PETER SAVASTA, age twenty-four, adopted at five months)

"I feel I have more room to give my kids a bit of a break as individuals. I can't project as much of myself on them." (JAMIE LEE CURTIS, adoptive mother)

About the Author

Gail Kinn is a writer and an editor who has ghostwritten many well-known books on family and personal growth. Be My Baby was inspired by her close relationship with her ten-year-old adopted niece, Sarah.

Ken Shung's photography has appeared in many national magazines, including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Mirabella, More, Rolling Stone, and New York.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

MOTHERS AND FATHERS

Loving the Children They Feel Were Meant for Them

KIDS, 9 TO 19

Knowing That They Belong

KIDS GROWN UP

Reflecting on Their Contentment and on Their Special Challenges

BIRTH MOTHERS

Revealing the Unexpected Faces of Love

READING LIST

A NOTE ON RESOURCES

Product Details

ISBN:
9781579651527
Photography by:
Shung, Ken
Publisher:
Artisan Publishers
Photographer:
Shung, Ken
Author:
Kinn, Gail
Author:
Shung, Ken
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Adoptees
Subject:
Adoptive parents
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Adoption -- United States.
Subject:
Adoptive parents -- United States.
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Adoption and Foster Care
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
106-347
Publication Date:
June 2000
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 x 9 3/8
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
289.052 x 246.38 x 19.05 mm

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care

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Product details 160 pages Artisan Publishers - English 9781579651527 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n absorbing look at the joys and challenges of adoption and family formation."
"Review" by , "Despite the wide range of experiences and emotions presented, the overall message is positive and affirming. The cases included make for interesting and thought-provoking reading and could be used as discussion starters."
"Review" by , "The treatment of this complex topic is honest and straightforward....Photos and text combine to deliver powerful impressions. Readers will be moved by the poignant feelings and observations expressed by the subjects in the text. This book, which covers domestic and international adoptions, is an excellent resource for adoptive families and anyone interested in this issue."
"Review" by , "The text is largely an interview based format, splendidly enhanced with the photography of Ken Shung and provides a warm, insightful, occasionally inspiring, and highly recommended reading, candidly revealing what the adoptive family experience is like in our contemporary culture."
"Review" by , "This is such a loving, honest, and deeply helpful book."
"Synopsis" by , Told through the voices of adoptive parents, their children — young and grown up — and birth mothers, and accompanied by fifty stunning photographs, Be My Baby is a luminous window into the adoptive family. As people who have postponed childbearing, or who have been unable to have children, look for role models and real-life stories, the book shows them how well adoptive families work. Indeed, Be My Baby captures, with grace, insight, and emotion, the deeply felt bonds and life-affirming experiences that are at the heart of raising an adoptive family — or any family for that matter.

THE REAL VOICE OF THE ADOPTION EXPERIENCE

  • Presents first-person accounts from adoptive parents of all ages, adopted children from age 9 to 19, grown adoptees, and biological mothers
  • Portrays the great array of adoption arrangements and experiences: open and closed, domestic and foreign, multiracial, single and gay parents, adoptive and/or biological siblings
  • Includes interviews with and portraits of such notable adoptive parents as Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest, Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub, and more
  • Celebrates and validates how well this life choice works
  • Offers welcome support and inspiration for anyone considering adoption or whose life has already been touched by adoption
  • Addresses the hopes, fears, and joys of millions of baby boomers and all those who are today parenting through adoption
"Synopsis" by , With insight and emotion, "Be My Baby" dramatizes the deeply felt bonds and life-affirming experiences that are at the heart of an adoptive family. Told through the voices of adoptive parents and their children, it offers a luminous portrait of family life. 50 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
IN THEIR OWN WORDS

"I think that kids feel like they'd hurt my feelings if they said something wrong. I once said to a friend, 'You know, it's okay being adopted. You don't have to treat me differently. You can ask me about it.' And she sighed and said, 'Oh, thank God.'" (CAITLIN WACHS, age nine, adopted at birth)

"The birth father's absence in the adoption scenario creates a sense that fathers matter less. That's why I think it's so very important for the adoptive father to be a really involved parent --to close that gap." (AUBREY REESE, adoptive father)

"Adoption is not something to get over. It's something I am. I'm also Korean, and I'm also Italian American; I'm a son, but I'm also an uncle, and so on." (PETER SAVASTA, age twenty-four, adopted at five months)

"I feel I have more room to give my kids a bit of a break as individuals. I can't project as much of myself on them." (JAMIE LEE CURTIS, adoptive mother)

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