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The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Childby Dawn Davenport
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The go-to guide for everything you want to know about international adoption
From the initial decision—Is adoption right for you?—through returning home with your child—How can you ease the transition?—The Complete Book of International Adoption takes parents step by step through the entire process of adopting a child from another country.
You will find:
• An easy-to-understand analysis of the differences between domestic and international adoption
• Advice on choosing a country, including 25 important factors to consider, such as the waiting times involved and the estimated costs for each of the top placing countries, with charts for easy comparison
• A detailed discussion of the potential health issues based on the latest research and interviews with doctors who specialize in international adoption
• Worksheets and a suggested system for preparing and organizing the extensive paperwork involved
• Parenting tips to enhance attachment and suggestions for addressing the issues that come up in raising an internationally adopted child
• Real parents stories and advice at every stage of the process
• Plus all of the information you need to select your agency, plan financially, prepare for the home study, travel sensibly, evaluate your childs health and integrate your new family
More than just provide the facts, The Complete Book of International Adoption also helps parents manage the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory. Sensitive, wise, and often witty, this book is a must-have for any parent considering building their family through adoption.
"Davenport, an international adoption expert for Resolve, the national infertility support organization, has firsthand experience; 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This go-to guide offers everything would-be parents want to know about international adoption. More than just provide the facts, it also helps parents manage the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory. Sensitive, wise, and often witty, this book is a must-have for any parent considering building their family through adoption.
The 747 just may be the stork of a new generation, as more families than ever consider adopting children from overseas. Already, the past decade has seen the number of international adoptions jump over 140 percent and, with six million infertile women in the U.S., the trend will only continue to grow. Add celebrity moms paving public acceptance (Angelina Jolie) and influential programs covering the phenomenon (Oprah), and there’s never been a bigger need for The Complete Book of International Adoption.
Early in the book, author Dawn Davenport helps readers decide if adoption is right for them and points out the pros and cons of domestic versus international adoption. Next, she provides easy-to-use tables on the top fifteen countries placing children abroad, including country-specific information on restrictions (against single, elder, divorced, or gay parents) and overviews of the children available (by age, ethnicity, gender, etc.) Once a country has been selected, Davenport shows readers how to choose the best adoption agency, which documents to begin compiling, and organizational tips, worksheets, and step-by-step guidance to completing paperwork quickly and thoroughly the first time.The author will maintain a Web site with the most up-to-date regulations and procedures, and there will be regular revisions to the book to ensure that it is completely current.
Containing great ideas for stress-relieving things to do while waiting for a child, anecdotes from real adoptive parents, and the author’s blend of expertise and reassurance, this book will unite millions of parents and children as it serves a vast and growing market.
About the Author
DAWN DAVENPORT is the mom of four through both birth and international adoption. She is an international adoption expert for Resolve, the national infertility support organization, and has been interviewed by NPR, 60 Minutes, and Primetime Live. She lives in Brevard, North Carolina.
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