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Adopting in China : a practical guide, an emotional journey
Wheeler, Kathleen, 1950-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Chula Vista, Calif. : Tracks Pub., [1999]

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144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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HV875.58.C5 W53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With more than 4 million Chinese baby girls in orphanages, the number of Americans adopting these orphans is steadily increasing, and this resource for people interested in doing so outlines what to do, where to go, who to see, and how much it costs. Simplifying important information about procedures, forms, and agencies, the guide is also the personal story of one middle-aged couple's quest to become parents--as well as why and how they made the decision and what went on before, during, and after their trip to China.

Author Notes

Doug Werner is the author of all 12 titles in the Start-Up Sports series. He lives in La Jolla, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This is a slim volume about a complex process--adopting a baby girl in China. It should give detailed information of a practical nature; it doesn't. It does provide a list of resources and agencies--but mostly it is a journal of one couple's adoption process. Frequently, authors Wheeler (a trained psychologist) and Werner (a sports writer) spend more time repetitively detailing their visit to China (they go on about bicycles, smells, strange food, and getting lost) and the trials of having a new baby (formula, crying, diapers) than discussing the adoption process itself. Padded with 90 photos of China and babies, a questionnaire answered by a mere six respondents, and a detailed list of expenses and equipment to take (baby wipes, a money belt, a small knife for enlarging baby bottle nipples), the book is unfailingly enthusiastic--but filled with clich‚s about the joys and pitfalls of parenthood, and consistently unhelpful. Not recommended.--Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
1. Four Decisionsp. 9
2. Costsp. 21
3. It Can Be Done! Adoption Procedurep. 35
4. Preparing for a New Lifep. 47
5. Being There: A Journal of Our Trip to Chinap. 57
6. The New Lifep. 105
7. One Year Laterp. 117
Appendix What Other Adoptive Parents Thinkp. 121
Glossaryp. 133
Resourcesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 140
Indexp. 141