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The Open Adoption Book: A Guide to Adoption Without Tears
Open Adoption is the popular form of adoption in which both birthparents and adoptive parents are actively involved in all phases of the adoption process. The successes of open adoption now considered to be the healthiest (and fastest) form of adoption have lifted it into the mainstream. Bruce Rappaport is the pioneering leader of the open adoption movement, and his book t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 29th 1997 by John Wiley & Sons
(first published June 1992)
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A good example of a book that annoyed me in spite of the fact that I agree with the basic premise that open adoption is overall a good choice. The tone is patronising, and there's a large section devoted to the author looking down his nose at women who choose abortion or single motherhood rather than adoption. It was incredibly off-putting. The rest of the book is basically a cheerleading section for open adoption, with a brief chapter that gives lip service to the need for counselling for all p ...more
My partner and I were assigned this book by our home study group as part of our adoption process. This book is probably great for someone looking into open adotion with either a)no idea what open adoption is or b)a great amount of fear and worry surrounding open adoption. Howver, since we've both done a lot of reading about open adoption and are not just comfortable with but excited by the idea of open adoption, there was little new in this book. I skimmed it in about a half-hour.
It had several chapters on how demoralizing and terrible for your self esteem that infertility treatments are. The phrase DUH kept running through my head didn't really think it was necessary in a book about open adoption. I believe open adoption is the best for all involved but the book wasn't as positive as I would have thought and left me feeling bummed about the process instead of excited.