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Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption

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No one seems sure what to make of birthparents. Most of the time, birthparents are simply discounted; the adoption system is pleased when they fade into the woodwork. We seldom afford birthparents an influential or enduring place in the adoption process.

In Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption, open adoption practitioner James Gritter examines al
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Paperback, 235 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by CWLA Press (Child Welfare League of America) (first published November 1999)
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Emily
Jan 09, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
An exceptional book, the only one I've read so far that is focused strictly on birthparents. It inspired me in so many ways in regards to my relationship with my daughter's birthparents and confirmed my strong feelings on their importance in her life. This book was written in an easy to read format but with the expertise and knowledge of someone with years of experience in the field of open adoption.

I appreciated the added tools I now have in my toolbox and the confidence I've gained in being mo
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Jenna
Sep 15, 2007 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptees, adoption professionals, social workers
For full review, read the birth/first parent blog.

This is the second time I've read this book. I found it even more informative and helpful this time around; a definite must-read for birth parents, adoptive parents, expectant parents considering placement and adoption professionals.

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