If you are thinking about adoption or foster care then a new resource is available to you. Lyceum Books Incorporated has released a book called, Adoption in the United States, A Reference for Families, Professionals, and Students. Save yourself hundreds of hours of researching the differences between international, domestic, and public adoption and read this book. You can also protect yourself from making offensive remarks unintentionally to members of the adoption triad.
If you have just had a child placed with you for the first time, or you are in the initial stage of wondering if adoption or foster care is right for your family, this book could be a great resource to help you.
Open adoption has become the norm in America for domestic adoptions. Families are beginning to see the value in full adoption disclosure now that a generation of open adoptions has passed and the children are becoming adults.
Many families are initially scared or reluctant to maintain involvement with birthparents after placement of the baby. However, research has indicated that adoptive mothers who have some openness in their adoptions think their adopted children are more competent, had a better relationship with their children, and felt less threatened by the birthparents.
Little gems of knowledge like this are incorporated throughout the book. Information can alleviate feelings of insecurity or doubt by adoptive parents. If you are thinking about becoming an adoptive parent, foster parent, social worker, adoption professional, or advocate then you should consider reading Adoption in the United States. It could be an invaluable resource for college and beyond.
Don’t risk alienating a potential birthparent, client, or a new job by unintentional insensitive remarks when you could read this book, first. The book explains each step of the adoption process, from finding an agency, to getting a homestudy, to bringing home a child, and beyond. Specific information is given for adoption laws in each state to assist families in each state as well as those considering interstate, foster care, and international adoption.
After 16 years of foster care, and seven adoptions, I have learned most of the information in this book. You could learn it in a few hours and avoid many of the mistakes and pitfalls. Then avoid the hours of trying to correct your errors as well.
by Julia Fuller