Making Sense Of Adoption: A Parent's Guide

Paperback | September 13, 1989

byLois Ruskai Melina

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When to tell, What to tell, and How to tell

Children who are adopted have predictable and often unspoken concerns about themselves and how they joined their families. In this wise and timely guide, Lois Melina, author of the classic manual Raising Adopted Children, helps parents anticipate and respond to those concerns in ways that build self-esteem. Through sample conversations, reassuring advice, and age-specific activities parents will find answers to such questions as:

-- When should I give my child the letter her birthmother wrote?
-- How do I share information that might upset my child?
-- How can I know when my child is wondering about adoption?
-- What should I tell school personnel about my child's history? What about family and friends?
-- How can I be sure we talk about adoption enough, but not too much?

Whether parents adopted traditionally, as stepparents, or through donor insemination, surrogacy, or in vitro fertilization, Making Sense of Adoption will open the door to a lifetime of growth and understanding for adoptive families.

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From the author of the classic manual Raising Adopted Children, this new guide helps parents anticipate and answer concerns about adoption at every stage of a child's life.

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When to tell, What to tell, and How to tellChildren who are adopted have predictable and often unspoken concerns about themselves and how they joined their families. In this wise and timely guide, Lois Melina, author of the classic manual Raising Adopted Children, helps parents anticipate and respond to those concerns in ways that buil...

Lois Melina is the editor of Adopted Child newsletter and serves on the board of directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of information about adoption and providing guidance for practice and policy change in the field. Melina speaks frequently about adoption to professio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:September 13, 1989Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060963190

ISBN - 13:9780060963194

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From Our Editors

From the author of the classic manual Raising Adopted Children, this new guide helps parents anticipate and answer concerns about adoption at every stage of a child's life.

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"Provides many examples of ways to present difficult information in a sensitive manner-sensitive to the child's needs, to the birthparents"(Vera I. Fahlberg)