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My Child Is a Mother: A True and Happy Story About Open Adoption-Mary Stephenson

  • Title: My Child Is a Mother: A True and Happy Story About Open Adoption
  • Author: Mary Stephenson
  • Released: 1994-03-01
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  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 0931722888
  • ISBN13: 978-0931722882
  • ASIN: 0931722888

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From Publishers Weekly When her 17-year-old daughter, Karen, unwed and about to become a mother, faced a choice, the author of this affecting memoir knew that she herself "could not be a passenger on this journey--only an observer waving encouragement from the shore." Stephenson writes about the fortuitous arrangement made through an adoption center that brought together her daughter and Norman and Russell Gibbons, candidates for adoptive parenting. The process of open adoption--Karen's right to choose her daughter Livia's parents and to stay in contact with them and her baby afterward--was not without hurdles. Yet, as the Gibbonses, who have since adopted another child, state here, the growth of trust and love between these San Francisco Bay Area families is a gift mutually cherished for the happiness it brings to them all. As advocacy for the practice of open adoption, the book provides an inspiring model.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal When her 17-year-old daughter Karen became pregnant, Stephenson helped her choose open adoption, a process in which birth records are not kept secret. Their decisions and feelings, and the legal, medical, and economic complexities of the proceedings are sincerely retold. But how Karen chose the adopting couple and kept in touch with her daughter after the birth is less the book's subject than an agonized mother-daughter relationship. A comfortable middle-class California setting, expected resolution of crisis after conflict, and novelistic treatment produce a made-for-TV-movie feel. More thorough and factual, yet still personal, is Lincoln Caplan's An Open Adoption ( LJ 5/15/90). Recommended for comprehensive collections serving social service professionals and involved parties.
- Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
 
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