Cross Cultural Adoption

By: Amy Coughlin and Caryn Abramowitz

Reviewed By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

Cross Cultural Adoption
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People adopt children for many reasons. Some people adopt because they're unable to conceive naturally, while others adopt because of a desire to parent an unwanted child. Regardless of the reason, many people are now choosing to adopt internationally.

A common question about international adoption is "why don't couples adopt locally?" The authors of Cross-Cultural Adoption suggest in their book that the most common reasons people adopt internationally are:

Another factor not mentioned by the authors is cost and accessibility. It's often less expensive to adopt internationally, and there's also a better chance that parents will be able to adopt a child within a more reasonable time-frame.

Once the decision to adopt internationally has been made, hopeful parents are presented with numerous questions from family and friends. The authors attempt to answer many of those questions throughout the book. Some of them include:

As with any new responsibility, like parenting an internationally adopted child, it's hard to know what to do, and what not to do. Fortunately, the authors include a help section that covers the most common Do's and Don'ts for parents. Some of those Do's and Don'ts are:

The most popular countries where international adoptions take place are included in the last chapters. Each country includes information on geography and population, history and government, economy, culture, food, interesting facts, and literature and other books for further reading.

Lastly, the book includes a helpful addition to the Appendix, entitled "Resources for Learning More About Adoption." In it, the authors provide names and contact information to reputable organizations and agencies that deal with international adoption.

Cross-Cultural Adoption is an easy and straight-forward introduction to international adoption for parents, and is helpful for friends and family who want to learn more about this special experience.

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