Could she be your daughter? Overall this is a great book and we are not feeling the need to buy any other adoption book untill we are looking for a country specific one. She is a researcher, writer, attorney, and adoption expert. Our minds expanded with new information, though our nightstands lacked the expected adoption reading. A comprehensive resource guide is included, as well as an invaluable chapter on what to bring and expect when traveling to pick up one's child. She offers the most up to date information about countries and international adoption. This book also provides well founded preparation for the time when you meet your child and your early days at home. An attorney and avid researcher, Davenport leaves no stone unturned as she guides parents through the adoption process, covering such subjects as choosing between domestic and international adoption, deciding on a country, locating an agency, determining adoption costs and wading through the often overwhelming amount of paperwork.
You will find: An easy-to-understand analysis of the differences between domestic and international adoption Advice on choosing a country, including 25 important factors to consider, such as the waiting times involved and the estimated costs for each of the top placing countries, with charts for easy comparison A detailed discussion of the potential health issues based on the latest research and interviews with doctors who specialize in international adoption Worksheets and a suggested system for preparing and organizing the extensive paperwork involved Parenting tips to enhance attachment and suggestions for addressing the issues that come up in raising an internationally adopted child Real parents stories and advice at every stage of the process Plus all of the information you need to select your agency, plan financially, prepare for the home study, travel sensibly, evaluate your childs health and integrate your new family More than just provide the facts, The Complete Book of International Adoption also helps parents manage the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory. The book is published in 2006, I think, so some of the info for instance on country options has changed. From her incredible My Prayer for All Children in the beginning of the book to her 50 page-long resource section, she comes across not only as an expert, but as a mom you'd want to sit down and chat with. It only took me two evenings to read the book cover to cover! Detailed information on the adoption process include an extensive list of questions to ask your agency, help on organizaing the paperchase, a basic medical overview, explanation of the pre- and post- federal adoption requirements, plus a great list of things to do while waiting. About The Complete Book of International Adoption The go-to guide for everything you want to know about international adoption From the initial decision— Is adoption right for you? About the Author Dawn Davenport is a mom of four through both birth and international adoption.
I am an editor and English teacher, and it drove me nuts the whole time. The author is also an adoptive parent so that helps as well. Though upbeat, the author doesn't sugarcoat the experience, exploring the risks of adoption i. There's a bit of hubris to the title, but as far as general information about every step of the process, the book actually is pretty complete. The Complete Book of International Adoptiontakes parents step by step through the entire process of adopting a child from another country. The Complete Book of International Adoption : A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child by Dawn Davenport An apparently unread copy in perfect condition.
Wikipedia citation Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page. The uppbeat vignettes and personal adoption stories which accompany each section are especially enjoyable. A comprehensive resource guide is included, as well as an invaluable chapter on what to bring and expect when traveling to pick up one's child. Davenport covers the emotional and practical aspects of international adoption evenly and seamlessly. And I really appreciated how she began with a careful comparison of domestic and international adoption and went all the way through the whole international adoption, including what it's like once you are h I absolutely adored this book. Add celebrity moms paving public acceptance Angelina Jolie and influential programs covering the phenomenon Oprah , and there's never been a bigger need for The Complete Book of International Adoption.
Interspersed are poignant accounts from parents who have adopted. From the Trade Paperback edition. My nightstand void remained until I received Dawn Davenport's Broadway Books to review. But it was incredibly thorough and balanced, and very well written, and for me it was very informative. It has step by step information, personal stories and not all sappy - but not all tragic, either. Once a country has been selected, Davenport shows readers how to choose the best adoption agency, which documents to begin compiling, and organizational tips, worksheets, and step-by-step guidance to completing paperwork quickly and thoroughly the first time. This is a major statement from two book lovers, but a true one.
The Complete Book of International Adoption 0 Comments 5 Stars 19 Ratings Written by Violeta Garcia-Mendoza on 01 Jan 2006 When my husband and I started our adoption journey, there were a lot of books about international adoption we didn't buy. But, the author writes with such good humor, I felt encouraged and entertained in addition to informed. And this is a witty and information-packed guide that does about what it promises. Early in the book, author Dawn Davenport helps readers decide if adoption is right for them and points out the pros and cons of domestic versus international adoption. The author will maintain a Web site with the most up-to-date regulations and procedures, and there will be regular revisions to the book to ensure that it is completely current. Some of the country information is dated, so take that into consideration and double check any specifics before making decisions.
Synopsis The 747 just may be the stork of a new generation, as more families than ever consider adopting children from overseas. I absolutely adored this book. I thought this was a good middle ground - leaning more toward positive. Some of the data has become outdated especially travel requirements, wait time, and costs for individual countries but the questions it asks and the way it steers potential adoptive parents through the various considerations around international adoption is very good. Containing great ideas for stress-relieving things to do while waiting for a child, anecdotes from real adoptive parents, and the author's blend of expertise and reassurance, this book will unite millions of parents and children as it serves a vast and growing market. And I really appreciated how she began with a careful comparison of domestic and international adoption and went all the way through the whole international adoption, including what it's like once you are home with your child. She lives in North Carolina.
I feel so much more educated, and it's nice to read everything in once place instead of spending time searching amongst the limitless webpages on the topic. Already, the past decade has seen the number of international adoptions jump over 140 percent and, with six million infertile women in the U. Sensitive, wise, and often witty, this book is a must-have for any parent considering building their family through adoption. But it was incredibly thorough and balanced, and very well written, and for me it was very informative. Sensitive, wise, and often witty, this book is a must-have for any parent considering building their family through adoption.
Highly recommended; this is a great resource for international adoption, providing encouraging guidance and detailed procedures for the complete international adoption process. Some of my favorite sections dealt with how to find and choose an ethical agency, how to survive the wait, how to travel internationally and still keep your sanity and how to deal with insensitive adoption comments. This book has everything I have been looking for in an adoption guide. At the end of each chapter it has comments by people who have adopted or are in the process of adoption. Davenport, an attorney, has firsthand experience with international adoption; she's the mother of four children, one of whom was adopted from Korea. I'm sure the print book is better.