The Unofficial Guide to Adopting a Child (Unofficial Guides)

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The process of adoption – be it an open or a closed adoption, domestic or international – is seldom simple, short, or standardized. It can often take many years of frustrating and expensive searching before parents can bring an infant or child home, and once they do, they face a whole new set of challenges as they learn together to be a family. The Unofficial Guide to Adopting a Child gives prospective adoptive parents the inside scoop on: ∗ How long it will really take to adopt, and how much it will cost ∗ What the challelnges are for single people, older couples, and gay lesbian couples seeking to adopt ∗ What the all–important home study entails –– from writing the autobiographical statement to creating a child–friendly atmosphere ∗ What questions to ask agency personnel and birth parents –– and what questions to refuse to answer

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The inside scoop…for when you want more than the official line! Like millions of adults, you've perhaps considered adopting a child. But the process seems so daunting you hardly know where to begin. Should you adopt within the country or internationally? Through an agency, foster care system, or independently? Should the adoption be "open" or "closed"? For every step of the process, you need as much knowledge and guidance as you can get your hands on. You want the inside scoop. The Unofficial Guide ™ to Adopting a Child is designed to give savvy consumers like you a foolproof appraisal of everything from knowing where to start the search to dealing with problems you might encounter after adoption. In this book you'll get unbiased recommendations that are not influenced by any company, product, or organization. The Unofficial Guide ™ to Adopting a Child is intensively inspected by The Unofficial Panel of Experts: Leo J. Farley's an adoption official with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services; Mary Gambon's the same department's director of foster care and adoption services; Linda Lach's an attorney specializing in adoption; and AnnaMarie Merrill sits on the executive board of International Concerns for Children. These specialists ensure that you are armed with the most up–to–date insider information on the subject of adoption and are told exactly what "the Official establishment" doesn't want you to know. Vital Information on choosing the right adoption choice for you Insider Secrets on adopting if you're single, lesbian, or gay Money–Saving Techniques for dealing with adoption and legal fees Time–Saving Tips on cutting through red tape and speeding the adoption process The Latest Trends in building a nontraditional family Handy Checklists and Charts on keeping track of adoption paperwork visit us on–line at www.idgbooks.com

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About the Author Andrea DellaVecchio, MA, M.Ed., is the coordinator of the Vermont Adoptive Parent Support Network. She is currently involved with several projects in her home state of Vermont dedicated to giving voice to parents of challenging adopted children and to teaching the community how to help these children. Ms. DellaVecchio is also a member of the Court Improvement Project of the Vermont State Initiative on Protecting Abused and Neglected Children. In conjunction with Casey Family Services, a post–adoption program, she has developed an educational curriculum to help teachers who work with children with Reactive Attachment Disorder and is participating in training workshops statewide. She has worked with the Federation of Families for Mental Health to develop a video for the secondary caregivers of adopted children with attachment issues. A 20–year veteran of teaching middle–school English in the United States, Ms. DellaVecchio spent two years teaching English to educators in Asia. She is the author of numerous articles for a variety of professional journals and newspapers such as the Glens Falls Business Journal and the Saratogian. She and her husband, Tony, are the parents of two daughters who were adopted.

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