Can I Tell You About Adoption?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals ISBN: 9781849059428
Brodzinsky, Anne Braff and Salaman, Rosy
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013
Ten year old Chelsea has been adopted as a young child, and she finds she has a number of worries and concerns. Furthermore, she realises other children will share these concerns; hence this book. Some people can be unfeeling and ask obtrusive questions such as 'Why did your mother give you up?' These are unwelcome, but inquiries such as 'If you feel like talking about it, I would love to hear your story' are okay. Her two friends, Adilu and Kira, have been transracially adopted, one from Africa, and one from China, and their special circumstances are explained too. Chelsea admits that there are some things she doesn't feel she can talk to her adoptive parents about, but they are gradually answering her questions as she gets older, and she has been promised that by the time she is an adult they will explain all the circumstances of her adoption. There are great things about being adopted, like the family rituals and customs, the holidays they share, having Sunday lunch with grandparents and, best of all, 'having a forever family that loves you and thinks you are the greatest'. A beginning explanation from Chelsea about why some mothers must give up their children is thorough and sensitive and easily understood. There are sections at the back of the book for parents and teachers which will be helpful, and a really thorough list of relevant organisations in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia is impressive. The book is available from good bookshops, from Amazon, and from the publishers: www.jkp.com, Tel: 020 7833 2307
Age: 8+