Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families


by Patricia Irwin Johnston


You've decided to build a family and have run into challenges.  Someone mentioned adoption, but is it the right choice for you?  Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families is and easy-to-read-and-understand guide that walks potential adopters (same sex and hetero couples struggling with conception challenges or a single wanting to raise a child) through the issues and options when considering adoption.


Through suggested activities, list of resources, and vignettes describing experiences of people all along the decision-making process and with different roles in the process, Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families provides the reader with a thorough picture of adoption-the key to making the right choice for each individual in determining if adoption is the family building option for them. 


Each part of Adopting builds upon the last.  Some readers will never reach the end of the book, realizing that adoption is not how they want to build a family.  But if adoption is right for you, Adopting continues, helping readers understand all the facets of the adoption world from decision to process and even to politics:  from clarifying different roads to adoption to exploring differences between families formed by adoption and those by birth, from selecting professionals to avoiding scams, from selecting a country to offering practical tools for encouraging attachment. 


Adoption is a legitimate way to build a family, but it must be a way that feels "first best" by the time you make the choice.  There will be challenges; there will be issues that are unique to adoptive families.  Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families gives a thorough and complete picture of adoption so that when you close the cover, you are armed with accurate information and resources to make good decisions--be it not to adopt, yes to a special needs adoption, or no to an open adoption, and more.