You Can Adopt

An Adoptive Families Guide

By Susan Caughman; Isolde Motley
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345504012, 320pp.)

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

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From Adoptive Families magazine, the country’s leading resource on adoption, this warm, authoritative book is full of practical, realistic advice from leading attorneys, doctors, social workers, and psychologists, as well as honest, intimate stories from real parents and children. You Can Adopt answers every question–even the ones you’re afraid to ask:

• When should I shift from fertility treatment to adoption?
• How do I talk to my spouse about adoption?
• Can we find a healthy baby?
• Do I need an attorney? An adoption agency?
• Can the birth mother take the baby back?
• How much will this really cost? How long will it take?
• Aren’t all adopted children unhappy?
• Can I love a child who “isn’t mine”?
• How can I ease the rest of my family into this decision?

Complete with checklists and worksheets, You Can Adopt will help make your dreams of family come true.




About the Author

Susan Caughman , the publisher and editor-in-chief of Adoptive Families magazine, is the expert the media turns to when they have an adoption-related story. She has appeared on Fox News and NPR, and in People, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe.
Isolde Motley is the former corporate editor of Time Inc., where she was responsible for the editorial content of its women’s magazines.

Between them, Susan and Isolde have five children, three of them adopted, from China, Ethiopia, and New Jersey.




Praise For You Can Adopt

"The definitive guide to adoption: readable, reliable, and comprehensive. Every possible question–even the most sensitive–is answered here, and the companion website ensures the information will never go out of date."—Mark T. McDermott, former president, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

"A necessary resource for anyone considering adoption and going far beyond what you can find on the Internet, You Can Adopt filters out the noise and gathers the best there is to know on the experience of adopting." —Susan Soonkeum Cox, vice president, Holt International Children's Services

"An absolute must-read. These hauntingly beautiful tales are all about the astonishing power of love between children and parents who in so many cases seemed eerily destined to be together. This book convinced me: If you want to do so, you can adopt–and it will be the best thing you've ever done."—Susan Kane, editor in chief, Parenting

magazine "A satisfying combination of facts and guidelines that are simple to follow with the supportive, lyrical, sentimental and experienced words of those who have lived the experiences of every aspect of the process from beginning to end."—Dr. Jane Aronson, director, International Pediatric Health Services, and CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation

"We expect this guide to adoption to become the go-to book on the topic.  The authors lay out the process in a smart, step-by-step fashion; essays from adoptive parents give it the feel of a real-life support group."—Cookie magazine 
 
"An excellent handbook…This thorough and honest resource stands out among other books on this topic in both its comprehensiveness and the authors' candor…Rather than endorsing any one way to adopt, the [authors] examine many approaches and outline the benefits and pitfalls of each." —Booklist , starred review
 

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