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A companion book and sequel to adoption expert Eldridge's 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, this offers prospective, new, troubled or experienced adoptive parents a combination self-help manual, sourcebook and emotional touchstone featuring 20 ways to confidently and competently address the specific challenges of raising adopted children. Adopted as an infant (at age 47 she met her birth mother and learned she was the result of a rape), Eldridge is sensitive to all aspects of the adoptive parents' journey and adroitly tackles many difficult, loaded issues including the importance of telling children the truth-positive and negative-about their origins as soon as possible, communicating "heart-to-heart" even when angry, when to seek professional help and understanding their own needs as well as their children's. Since the advent of "open adoption," the demand for secrecy has waned, but the stresses and disillusions of an adoptive family remain, and parents want to know they are doing the best they can. The author's accessible information coupled with an accepting, understanding tone and personal insights will educate and reassure readers. Each chapter opens with a story about a family problem that is bound to resonate with readers and has imagined letters to parents from the young child, teen and adult adoptee's point of view. Helpful direction and assignments appear in boxes, sidebars and bulleted lists. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Just in time for National Adoption Month (November), adoptee Eldridge (Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew) helps parents honestly evaluate and process the adoption experience and shows how necessary grief work, honesty, and rock-solid child rearing will help them stay the course on this sometimes difficult journey. Addressing cultural differences, issues with adopting older children, open adoptions, and other common adoption circumstances, Eldridge helps parents grow and love without resorting to rose-colored glasses. Each chapter ends with discussion questions appropriate for an adoption support group. A nice addition to the literature with an enthusiastic appreciation of what adoptive parents experience. See also Gregory C. Keck's Parenting the Adopted Adolescent for another recent valuable contribution.-Julianne J. Smith, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.