One in seven couples struggles with infertility. Other parents long to add to their family another child who needs a home. Whatever the reason, many couples who decide to pursue adoption do not realize the often unnerving, stressful, emotional ride it can be. Deciding to adopt means moving into uncharted territory. There are many emotional highs and lows, as well as psychological, mental, and spiritual ramifications. The authors prepare prospective adoptive parents for the adoption process, from helping them examine their motives for adopting to making practical decisions about the type of adoption to pursue. They also explore the adoption process from the viewpoints of the prospective adoptive parents, the birth parents, the adoptee, attorneys, and adoption agencies. This book is an indispensable resource for anyone considering adoption.
Sara Dormon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in women's issues and crisis pregnancies. For more than 30 years, she has worked with young women and their families as they deal with unplanned pregnancies. Sara has been interviewed on television and radio, covering the issues of teen pregnancy, abortion, and adoption.
Ruth Graham, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, is an author and national speaker on unplanned pregnancy. Following her daughter's two teenaged pregnancies, Ruth has traveled extensively, sharing about her daughter's experiences and her own as the mother of a teen mom in order to help young women and their families through similar hardships. Ruth is currently on the board of Birthmothers, a nonprofit, parachurch organization that provides confidential, nonjudgmental assistance to any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.