This Is Us: The New All-American Family
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This Is Us: The New All-American Family

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"It was no mystery why California had 98,000 children stuck in foster care. There were not 98,003 because I was stubborn."

When David Marin fell in love with three abandoned children desperately in need of a home, there was only one thing he could do. Give up his relatively carefree life and learn how to become a parent. In the process, he found the future he had always wan...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Exterminating Angel Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jessica Cramer
3.5 stars

The premise of the book is excellent and had potential for a 4- (maybe even 5- if I were feeling extra-sentimental) star rating, but it suffered from the editing (or lack thereof.) It felt very disjointed at times and there were so many omissions and errors that the story was sometimes lost among the confusion (which probably made me feel how David did in his dealings with the ineptitudes of Social Services, so maybe not such a bad thing.) I found myself checking to see if I had an Adva...more
Heidi Gonzalez
David Marin's account of adopting three children from Foster care is a delight. Witty, and laugh out loud funny in some places yet aggravating and sad in others. David Marin had to jump through more hoops than the average adoptive parent because he was a single man. Many social workers at DHS didn't want to place children with him and certainly didn't agree with placing three Latino children with a red haired man, never mind that David is half Puerto Rican.

He is stopped by cops, has set backs w...more
Krystal

I really enjoyed getting to know the author as well as the children. The author writes in the first person, making it easy to connect with him. The whole book is captivating, from the statistics he lists very frequently at the bottom of some pages to the adoption process. Normally, this type of book is not for me, but I am glad I picked it up. It is hard to summarize the plot without giving anything away, but I can say that the reader will not be bored at all. The adoption process is interesting...more
Paul Steele
A true story about a single man and his quest to adopt three children out of the public system. Chronicling not only the troubles with our current child welfare system, but also its heroes. As a foster parent, I appreciate how well Marin conveys the challenges of working within the system, the joys and challenges of becoming a new parent, and the humor that exists in all of it.

An enjoyable and insightful read. Highly recommended.

Thank you David Marin for your story, and thank you even more for...more
Angela
Thank you www.my3books.com and Mesjak for the recommendation!

This is the story of one man and his challenges and sucesses in building a family. The heroes and villains of Social Services play a major role in this narrative memior of David Marin's efforts to adopt three siblings. Both his motivations and their story are discussed. Marin delves briefly into issues of immigration, adoption politics, race and education.

From the book:
If we react to discrimination by
Removing age, gender, ethnicity,...more
Pam
David Marin's story of adopting three young Hispanic siblings as a single Hispanic man is both uplifting and depressing at the same time. A story of his struggles with Social Services and the love, rewards and success of his adoption are both interesting. Unfortunately his difficulties with the Social Services employees and bureaucracy, are too frequent. He portrays an easy, nearly seamless transition for the three children into their new lives and I am left to wonder if perhaps he airbrushed ou...more
Jim
I have recently begun to note that I have become jaded with the state that humanity is in. It seems that almost the entirety of any news day revolves around negative actions committed by indecent people. This book accomplished something that I did not expect: it gave me renewed hope. Knowing that there is a man out there like David Marin makes me more confident not only in leaving my own comfort zone to attempt something genuinely good, but also that other people will leave theirs. A tremendous...more
Kimberley Meier
Why are there so few men like David Marin? He should be made into a saint.This was a profoundly touching story of a single man's quest to become a father by adopting. This book also takes a sad look at the governments bureaucratic red tape involving the adoption process of foster children. I think this would be an excellent book for anyone who is thinking of adoption or fostering children. It was a little slow in places but still a good book.
Tará O'Sullivan
This book was at times hilarious, heart-breaking and eye-opening. If you've ever been interested in reading about the mechanics of an increasingly standard American family (single Dad, adopted children), if you've had a traditional family yourself, or simply just want to read a story that will perhaps change your perspective on life...this is your book. There's not much I can think to say beyond that.
Shawn Steketee
This is a very heart warming and revealing story of a single man's attempt to adopt three Hispanic siblings. The author has a wicked sense of humor that he uses like a weapon. If hate bureaucracy and/or bigots (why wouldn't you hate them?)or if you love children, go now, get this book and read it. Heck even if you don't, go get this book and read it. I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads.
Michelle Haseltine
Love this book! It was beautifully told and brought tears to my eyes. I'd highly recommend it...especially to anyone contemplating adoption.
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