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Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother

ISBN-10: 0967214319
ISBN-13: 9780967214313
Edition: 3rd (Revised)
Authors: Jana Wolff
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Vista Communications
Publication date: 1/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Jana Wolff is frequently asked to write and speak about adoption, race and families. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous adoption magazines, as well as on radio, television, and the web. www.janawolff.com

Acknowledgments
Prologue (B.C.: Before Child)
To Produce or to Purchase? (Either way, it's gonna cost)
Could We Love Somebody Else's Child? (What if we get a dud?)
The Home Study: Mr. and Mrs. Perfect (Your house will never (and need never) be this clean again)
Meeting Your Child's Mother (What do you wear, what do you say, and how do you look without staring?)
Expecting Without Pregnancy (Buy the crib, but hang on to the receipt)
Unspoken Preferences (What matters is what you get, not what you want)
Excitement or Doom? (There's a thin line between being thrilled and being nauseated)
Show Time (Labor and deliverance)
If This Is the Happiest Day of My Life, Why Am I So Sad? (The myth of bliss)
Why This Baby? (Of all the babies born tonight, how did you get us? Of all the people wanting a baby, how did we get you?)
A Family of Strangers (Related, but not relatives)
The Name Game (Should we name him after my family, your family, or her family?)
Loving Before It's Legal (Parenting without permission)
Saying Good-bye (Even the right decision can feel wrong)
Coming Home (Everything old seems new; everything new seems foreign)
Family Trees Without Roots (Hoping blood isn't thicker than water)
Motherlove (Babies can make mommies drool)
Spit-up Is Spit-up (Adopted poop doesn't smell any different)
Can We Return This Child? (Feelings that top the taboos)
Should We Send Cute or Ugly Pictures? (Will she want him back when she sees those dimples?)
Is It Mother's Day or Mothers' Day? (No one's serving her breakfast in bed)
Adoption: The Ultimate Birthmark (Well, that explains everything, or nothing at all)
Being Black and Jewish (Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Chanukah)
Friendly Racism (Are they staring, or am I paranoid?)
Whites Raising Blacks (Good intentions, bad qualifications)
Mother and Child Reunion (Is she going to kiss him or kidnap him?)
Epilogue
Author's Note

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