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Adoption for Dummies (For Dummies)by Tracy Barr
Synopses & Reviews
You hear all sorts of things said or implied about adoption. Some information comes from people who know a lot about it, while some comes from people who don’t know anything about it but make assumptions anyway. Some comes from people whose experiences have been good; some from those whose experiences have been bad. The result? Enough conflicting information to make your head spin.
So when everyone has an opinion and most of the books on the market deal with specific aspects on adoption or particular types of adoptions, where do you turn to for reliable information? Start with Adoption For Dummies.
The great thing about this guide is that you decide where to start and what to read. It’s a reference you can jump into and out of at will. Just head to the table of contents or the index to find the information you want. Each part of Adoption For Dummies covers a particular aspect of adoption, including:
No adoption book – at least no adoption book that you can carry around without a hydraulic lift – can tell you everything there is to know about adoption. What Adoption For Dummies tells you is what you need to know, all in an easy-to-use reference.
The thousands of Americans who consider adoption each year face a host of tough questions. should we adopt within the country or internationally. Should we adopt through an agency, foster care system, or independently?
Get the facts on adoption fees and legal issues
What to expect every step of the way when adopting a child
Are you ready to adopt? This reassuring guide walks you through the process, from choosing the right form of adoption and finding an agency to filling out forms, meeting with birthparents, and getting through the waiting period. You get tips on surviving the home study, dealing with family members, and sharing the adoption story with your child.
The Dummies Way
About the Author
Tracy Barr is the coauthor of Latin For Dummies and contributor to World War II For Dummies and Religion For Dummies.
Katrina Carlisle, BSW, LSW, is a social worker with 14 years experience in adoption and child welfare agencies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Adoption but Didn’t Know Whom to Ask.
Chapter 1: Adoption Basics.
Chapter 2: Sorting It All Out: Types of Adoptions.
Chapter 3: The Adoption Process from Beginning to End.
Chapter 4: The Gasp Factor: What You Can Expect to Pay.
Chapter 5: Who Can Adopt?
Chapter 6: Building a Family through Adoption: Is It for You?
Part II: Getting Started and Moving Forward, One Milestone at a Time.
Chapter 7: Getting the Ball Rolling: Finding an Agency or Lawyer.
Chapter 8: Thinking about Your Future Child.
Chapter 9: Applications, Home Studies, and Other Really Fun Stuff.
Chapter 10: Doing Hard Time: The Wait.
Chapter 11: A Child’s Available! Now What? Placement and Follow-up Visits.
Chapter 12: Here Comes the Judge: The Court Appearance.
Part III: Birthmothers and Birthfathers.
Chapter 13: God Bless the Birthmothers.
Chapter 14: Birthfathers and Their Role in Your Adoption.
Chapter 15: Keeping in Touch: Meetings and Contact with the Birthmother.
Part IV: Issues Adoptive Families Face.
Chapter 16: All in the Family: Issues You Deal with at Home.
Chapter 17: Beyond the Family: Dealing with Outsiders.
Chapter 18: What Can Go Wrong and What You Can Do.
Chapter 19: In Search of . . . Birthparents.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Great Books to Read to Your Kids.
Chapter 21: Ten Support Groups for Adoptive Families.
Chapter 22: Ten Helpful Web Sites.
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