Open Adoption Experience: Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families - From Making the Decision Throug

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Open Adoption Experience: Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families - From Making the Decision Throug

Open Adoption Experience Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families From Making the Decision Throug Two leading experts provide an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship

  • Title: Open Adoption Experience: Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families - From Making the Decision Throug
  • Author: Lois Ruskai Melina
  • ISBN: 9780060969578
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two leading experts provide an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship.

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    1. Kelly on said:

      In the book Open Adoption Experience: Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families – From Making the Decision Through the Child’s Growing Years by Lois Ruskai Melina we hear from two leading experts. They provide an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the adoption relationship.I recommend this book to anyone thinking of adopting.This was a good book that explored the side of both the adoptive parents and the bir [...]

    2. Theresa Malouf on said:

      This was a fantastic book that explored emotions of birth parents and adoptive parents. I most enjoyed the chapters on grief because, compared to all other adoption books I've read, this one seemed to hit the nail on the head. It is the first book that delved into the relationship between birth mother and potential adoptive parents during the pregnancy. Great advice and ideas and ways to be gentle about the situation. I will definitely be using this book for future reference as it has a chapter [...]

    3. Julia on said:

      Of all the books on the recommended reading list from our adoption agency, this is the only one that is required and I can see why. It is a thorough and comprehensive guide to the adoption experience when there is contact between the adoptive and birth families before/after the placement. I found this book encouraging and positive but realistic about problems that may arise and the losses that will be experienced by everyone involved. This is definitely one that will stay on our shelves for refe [...]

    4. Stacia on said:

      This is a very good book to read for anyone considering adoption, even if they're not thinking of open adoption at this time. It helped to, I think, accurately explain the feelings of both parties involved. It helped me to understand that the birth mother isn't the only person affected by the adoption in the birth family and that I need to be open to other people in the birth family to relationships. It hit on a lot of topics, and asked a lot of questions that I wouldn't have thought about. It w [...]

    5. Kerry on said:

      I bought this book after we moved back to Utah and decided to start having face to face visits with Lizzy's birth family. Partly because of the advice in this book, we have been able to create a beautiful relationship with them. The books has helped us focus on doing what is best for Lizzyt what is best for us as a couple or what is best for her birth family. We gave this book to Lizzy's birth family as well, which we believe has helped us all be on the same page.

    6. Meagan on said:

      This book is very informative but also not feasible in all adoptions. Some birth parents may not want an open adoption, and the kind of relationship described would take a lot of time, commitment, and boundaries to develop. A couple of parts seem unrealistic - exchanging social security numbers seems like a really bad idea. Still, the book gives helpful advice and thought-provoking information to anyone considering open adoption.

    7. Janalyn on said:

      This book is very informative and I am glad I read it. Maybe it is because every adoption is unique, but I did feel like the situations and relationships in the book seemed a little on the extreme side. (Maybe that is just because I am comparing to my own adoption experience) The most helpful part of the book for me was about children's questions and concerns and how to address that. I will probably refer back to it from time to time.

    8. Casey Miller on said:

      This was a very informative book! I'd recommend it to anyone who is planning to adopt or place a child for adoption. It really helps to give an overview of what open adoptions look like from both sides, including extended families, and good examples of how to interact in emotionally and relationally healthy ways. The authors do a great job and a wide variety of examples covering many diverse scenarios while making points that are universally applicable.

    9. Mindy on said:

      I appreciated the information shared in this book immensely. It is a great resource for those looking into adoption. I disagreed with some of the opinions shared, but that is to be expected. Everyone is different, and every adoption is different. You have to find what works for you. Overall, an excellent text to open your eyes to the other side of the adoption experience.

    10. Sheryl on said:

      This book is very informative on open adoption and what to expect and how it all works, I think its a definite read for anyone considering adopting domestically. Brought up things I never even thought about and answer questions that were very helpful.

    11. Tracy on said:

      A really good book recommended to me by a friend. It opened my eyes more on the whole open adoption. Alot of my previous fears/unknowns about open adoption were answered with this book. I am sure I will use this as a resource when needed. A good reference book.

    12. Mandy on said:

      Majority of the book is written for birthmom adoptions, not foster-to-adopt or other less common adoption routes. However, still was VERY interesting - esp about the ramifications of an open adoption and the importance of relationships with birthparents.

    13. ConnieC on said:

      This is one that Alisa and my husband and our adoption caseworkers really recommend. They say it's very comprehensive, an easy read, and has a lot of great information. I gotta get to it!

    14. Jean Davis on said:

      This book really shaped my thinking about adoption, and open adoption specifically. I liked that it had practical advice, and moved beyond the philosophy of adoption.

    15. Angie on said:

      Really, any adoptive parent should read this book. I wish I'd read it before I began the adoption process.

    16. Morgan Galonski on said:

      Ugh! This is definitely a book meant to prepare adoptive parents for everything AND everything. Mostly negative. Most of the information is extremely outdated, including laws governing adoptions.

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