Monday, March 30, 2009

PSN5: Adoption by Dr. Ray

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Title: Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It
Author: Dr. Ray Guarendi
Publisher: Servant Books
Date Published: January 2009
ISBN-10: 0867169133
ISBN-13: 978-0867169133
Price: $14.99 (Amazon price: $10.19)
Canton Rep
USA Today (video)

Product Description:
In Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It Ray Guarendi, psychologist, husband and father of ten adopted children, considers the most commonly asked adoption questions with insight, humor and a heart for the adoptive family. His aim? To dispel unsettling misperceptions about adoption, to encourage others to think about and act on adoption, and to guide adoptive parents to a more relaxed, rewarding family life for all involved.

A must-have resource for those considering adoption, those who have already adopted and those in the mix as family members or friends of adoptive parents.

Chapter titles include:

  • Partly Personal
  • Adoption Advice Worth Ignoring
  • Adoption Special Effects
  • Assorted Adoption Anxieties
  • Adoption Resistance
  • Communication 101
  • Adoption Self-Image: Myths and Truths
  • Adoption Discipline Basics
  • Adoption Options

This is a 182 page book.


chrysd said...

I have thought about it only in passing. My mom and some of her siblings were wards of the state of Ohio. So I have thought about children needing better homes.
My hubby says we should table it until our children are grown. He doesn't want strangers from the state involved in our family life and keep things smooth until the kids are grown. He also said he would NOT want to be a foster parent, love a kid, and then have to pass that kid back to somebody else. If he were to do it, any kids would be as family as those by blood.
If we did it, I would avoid secular adoption places and go to a Catholic adoption agency with a good reputation.

Annie said...

If you really want to bring a hurting child into your home, you might also consider adopting from a disruption. That can often happen without state intervention and without a great deal of cost.

We have also adopted four older children from Russia and that has been the most glorious God-given blessing!

There are children of all ages, and from all over the world who need someone to call Mommy and Daddy. Imagine growing to adulthood and never having any family. There are risks, but no more to my mind, than having your own children.

And through adoption, we have taught our biological children one more thing about love.

Maureen said...

What is "adopting from a disruption"?

Annie said...

Sometimes parents turn out not to bond with their child....or the child has a difficult time fitting into the family. Our foster child is from two disruptions, unfortunately. In the first one, he was not happy in a two-mom family; in the second one, the parents divorced and the dad took off. I think everything went haywire.

Interested? I know a girl now who needs a home - or at least respite. She is from Russia, is 16, but seems more like 13 or 14. She is homeschooled presently.

Annie said...

Thanks for your book recommendation; it is ordered for the library!

Tammy said...

I would highly encourage families to pray about adoption. It is a great blessing... has been for our family (we have adopted four from foster care). Talking with families who have adopted is a great way to be informed and encouraged. Feel free to contact us:

Maureen said...

Thank you Annie. It's good to know that Ray's book will be in the STA library.