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Megan’s Birthday Tree: A Story about Open Adoption by Laurie Lears -Many adoptee’s wonder about their adoption, their past, their birth parents and why they were placed for adoption. Open adoption helps to answer those questions for families and adopted children by giving them access to their birth parents. In this story Megan loves looking through the letters she gets from her birth mother and gets excited when she receives a picture every year of her birth mother standing next to a tree she planted when Megan was born. Megan loves to see the tree grow. When she learns her birth mother is moving she is scared that her birth mother will forget her.
This story is sweet and honest. The fears that Megan shares are real and they are handled very well in this story. In the end Megan’s birth mother assures her that she could never forget her that she is very important to her. Then she shows her that she had dug up the birthday tree to take it to her new home. This book shows how important open adoption can be to help eliminate children’s fears and answer their questions. Nice story. amazon.com HC price $14.36 kindle price $5.59
Robbie’s Trail through Open Adoption by Adam Robe -Adam Robe was adopted through Foster care and now works in child welfare. While I found that the book was a bit long and maybe a bit too advanced for some kids I think the story is good. It really shows the emotional ups and downs of being told that you can’t go home to your biological family but that you are going to stay with your foster family forever. Its a good book to help get kids talking and if the wording is a little over their heads you could always modify it for different ages. The pictures are great and really help guide the story along emotionally. A great book for toddlers through 1st grade who have an open adoption through foster care amazon.com Paperback $19.06
Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption by Brandi Rarus – This was not only a book about adoption but also one of self acceptance. Brandi struggled with her deafness, ultimately coming to terms with it and embracing deaf culture. After giving birth to 3 boys Brandi still yearned for a girl and had applied to adopt from China when they were called about a baby in foster care with severe hearing loss.
This book is broken into 3 different parts. The first is the story of Brandi, becoming deaf at age 6, struggling with her identity and then acceptance, marriage and children. The second part of the book focuses on Jess, Zoe’s birth mother and her story of finding out she was pregnant, deciding what to do and embracing adoption. Finding a family only to have the birth father fight for custody and the adoptive parents decide that they couldn’t parent a child with hearing loss, leading her to again make a choice to parent or find a new family. It is also the story of the birth father, whose stories often go untold. You learn about his emotions and the reasons behind his choices. The final part revolved around after Brandi and her family adopt Zoe and their relationship with her birth families.
I really enjoyed this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning. Learning about Brandi’s struggles, reading about the Birth parents and finally learning how it all came together in the end. I loved that everything came full circle and it was great having all the different perspectives. I wasn’t too psyched about some of the adoption agency’s practices but I’m glad things worked out in the end. Highly recommended. amazon HC price $17.14 Kindle edition $9.99