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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Books for National Adoption Month

I found out from Rose Kent, author of Kimchee and Calamari that November is National Adoption Month. I'm posting about this today, in the middle of the month, because I found out there is a National Adoption Day on November 17th to celebrate thousands of foster care adoptions that are being finalized around the country. Isn't it cool when people can open up their hearts and homes to older children? I also have several friends who have adopted children from Asia and have found such joy and hope. Along with sometimes painful questions and stares. I'd like to show my support for their decisions to adopt and bring a child into their home to love, cherish and raise as their very own.

For those naysayers who say a true family cannot exist unless the family members share the same DNA, though that too can sometimes cause some controversy, well, these families I know would certainly prove anyone wrong. I'm of the opinion that no matter how different an adopted child may seem to be initially from their adoptive family or vice versa...once all the family members have adjusted and fallen in love with each other, the external differences melt away. Those who know these families can only see family resemblances and a REAL FAMILY.

Rose wanted to share a few things about National Adoption Month, and since she said this best, I'm quoting her from an e-mail: "I'm on a mission to get lots of people thinking about this in the kidlit world. There are plenty of reasons to acknowledge adoption. Of course an adopted mom and an author with a book featuring an adopted protagonist would say that, right? But the reasons go beyond my kids & my story.

It turns out, we live in a big ol' adoption nation. Studies show that one hundred million people have someone adopted in their family -- that's a third of us in the US. Yet, I can vouch to this, many Americans are clueless on what adoption is & isn't. At a recent school visit I talked about adoption and a little girl raised her hand and said, "Adoption is when movie stars fly planes faraway and get babies from dirty orphanages." (I kid you not.) Many adoptive families I know tell me they are stopped out in public and asked questions like, "How much did your son
cost?" Or if they have more than one child (who doesn't look like them), "Are they REALLY brother and sister?"


Rose has written a Personal View for papertigers.org, and she was kind enough to share it with me. I think you'll like what she has written: Three Cheers for Adoption Books and Why We All Should Read 'Em.

There are so many websites and organizations about adoption. Rose mentioned these two organizations in her article. You might want to start from these sites in your research to find reputable adoption organizations.
Institute for Adoption Information, Inc.--an organization that strives to promote understanding about adoption.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption--the founder of Wendy's created this organization to help find loving homes for foster children.

Some Amazon.com Lists on Books on Adoption (Please note, I have not read any of these books, these lists are compiled by different readers.)
Books that will change the way you think about adoption, Amazon.com list
Top 10 Books for International Adoption, Amazon.com list
Books I will read to my adopted child, Amazon.com list
Fiction about Children in Foster Care Placements, Amazon.com list
Foster Care Children's Books, Amazon.com list

Some New Books for Children:
The Red Thread by Grace Lin
Every Year on Your Birthday by Rose A. Lewis
We Belong Together: A Book about Families and Adoption by Todd Parr

And in case you want to read about some first hand experiences on adoption, here is the November 2007 Adoption Blog Carnival and a more intensive Blog Carnival from September 2007 hosted by Suzanne over at Adventures of Daily Living.

9 comments:

shep said...

Tapestry has been working with adoptive, and prospective adoptive, families since 1990. We specialize in adoption books. See Adoptive Parent Preparation books.

Cloudscome said...

Thanks for posting about this Vivian. I have two adopted sons and I have so many thoughts I haven't been able to come up with a focused post on the subject yet this month.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I'll have to send this post on to some of my family members! I have three cousins who are adopted, and many friends who have gone through the adoption process as parents or have been adopted themselves.

HipWriterMama said...

Shep-
Thanks.
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Cloudscome and Alkelda,
I'm glad you liked this post. I hope this will be helpful.

laura salas said...

Thanks for the post! My friend and critique buddy Mary Cummings has a lovely adoption picture book out with Albert Whitman called The Three Names of Me. It's gorgeous!

Here's the Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Three-Names-Me-Mary-Cummings/dp/0807579033/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195157171&sr=8-1 since I can't get Albert Whitman to load.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Vivian,
For giving National Adoption Month your energy and thoughts. The kids awaiting homes can only benefit from this awareness...Rose Kent

HipWriterMama said...

Thank you, Laura for the suggestion. The book does look beautiful. If anyone else has suggestions for books, you can put it in the comments. I'll compile a list later.

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Rose,
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. It is something that I do think is important, and wanted to share it with everyone.

HipWriterMama said...

And here's the link for Mary Cummings book The Three Names of Me.

Dawn said...

I wanted to also recommend Motherbridge of Love. It is a beautiful, new book about Adoption by Barefoot Books.

You can view it at http://www.barefoot-books.com/us/site/pages/productone.php?pid=2057&User_name=DawnC&Rep_code=US-1007381