Synopses & Reviews
"My mommy didn't carry me in her tummy, she carried me in her heart." Bailey, a 5-year-old who was adopted from China. Her story is included in this book.
According to People magazine, parents from all over the country seek adoption expert and Worldwide Orphans Foundation founder Dr. Jane Aronson’s help “as if consulting a master detective.” Angelina Jolie praised Dr. Aronson’s “drive and ambition to help children dream” (Elle). Indeed, over the course of the past three decades, Dr. Aronson has touched the lives of thousands of adopted children from around the world and in this inspiring book she presents moving first-person testimonies from parents (and a few children themselves) whose lives have been blessed by adoption.
Divided into thematic sections — such as "The Decision," "The Journey," and "The Moment We Met") — each prefaced by Dr. Aronson, this book introduces readers to Claude Knobler, a writer from Los Angeles whose journey to Ethiopia to adopt his son led to an unexpectedly moving encounter with the boy’s courageous birthmother; actor Mary Louise-Parker whose older adopted son’s bond with her newly adopted baby daughter was deep and unwavering from the instant the two children met; and Lynn Danzker, an entrepreneur who set off alone to adopt her son, Cole, and in the process, met and married her husband. The authors of these testimonies range from doctors to filmmakers, from financial consultants to celebrities — all of them bound by their moving and transformative experience as adoptive parents.
"There is a wealth of information — and hope — here for people looking at possibilities for international adoption, and there is certainly no better advocate on the long journey than the upbeat, passionate Aronson." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Dr. Janeand#160;Aronson has held prestigious positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian, Winthrop University, the Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University, among many other institutions. In 1997, her dedication to adoption medicine led her to create the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, which has developed successful programs in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, all aimed at improving the lives of orphans in their home countries. A blogger for The Huffington Post and CNN.com, Dr. Aronson has been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Redbook, and Glamour and been featured on The CBS Evening News and The NBC Nightly News.