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The Kid by Dan Savage
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Dec 17, 08

bookshelves: autobio-memoir, read-in-2007
Recommended for: adoptive parents, gay parents, unexpectedly pregnant people, adopted kids
Read in November, 2007, read count: once

i guess the title of this book is fairly self-explanatory: it's all about sex columnist dan savage & his boyfriend adopting a child together. they went through an agency which put them in contact with a young pregnant homeless gutter punk who was in a family way. the agency got her an aptment to live in during the pregnancy & made sure she got good nutrition & medical care & everything. dan & his boyfriend were able to meet with her & get to know her story while she was pregnant, & they took custody of the baby when he was born. i guess they did an open adoption, which is an increasingly popular adoption method. i read "savage love," dan's advice column, every week, & for the most part, i really like his advice & the straightforward manner in which he presents it. he brings that same attitude to this book, passing little judgment on the various players in the adoption process & just being psyched about being a dad & raising a baby with his partner. i felt kind of sorry for the birth mother, just because it seemed like she'd had a pretty rough time of things & finding herself knocked up was probably not something she was psyched about, but i liked the way dan addressed the issue of the birth mother having used drugs before she knew she was pregnant, & how dan & his boyfriend came to the decision to adopt the child even though there was a slim possibility that it might have complications because of her drug use. a lot of different hot topics were addressed in the book, & i thought it was pretty compelling & well-rounded.
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