More than just a book of facts, The Complete Book of International Adoption helps parents manage the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory. Sensitive, wise, and often witty, this book is a must-have for all parents considering adoption.
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 child’s 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.
Dawn Davenport is a mom of four through both birth and international adoption. She is a researcher, writer, attorney, and adoption expert. She can be reached through her website at www.findingyourchild.com. She speaks at many conferences on this topic and is interviewed frequently by national media. She lives in North Carolina.
Davenport, an attorney, has firsthand experience with international adoption;
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. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed