finding our place 100 memorable adoptees fostered persons and orphanage alumni

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Finding Our Place

Author : Nikki McCaslin
ISBN : 0313342709
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Presents a collection of short biographies of one hundred notable people who were adopted or foster children, or who lived in orphanages,

Decoding Our Origins

Author : Abby Forero-Hilty
ISBN : 154083333X
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Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees is written by seventeen authors who were born in Colombia and adopted internationally. Their individual stories illustrate different aspects of the transracial adoption experience. The traumatic loss of their mothers, culture and identities; racism; and severe abuse are amongst the tough topics addressed frankly and head on. However, these first-hand accounts also highlight the indomitable tenacity and perseverance embodied by the authors as they negotiate their way through childhood, parenthood, search, reunion, and the nail-biting wait for DNA test results. All of the authors of Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees started off life in similar circumstances, having lost their families, language, culture, and country via adoption to countries outside of Colombia. Though their lives diverged, an invisible connection remained amongst them: the need to search for their first families and reconnect with their original culture and homeland. With the advent and subsequent worldwide expansion of Facebook in the early 2000s, people with common interests or life experiences have been able to find each other and talk about myriad topics in a safe space. The eighteen authors of this anthology met in the closed Facebook group Adopted from Colombia! As trust developed, so did the realization that the stories they have to tell are important and that the time has come for them to be told. This is the first published nonfiction anthology written exclusively by Colombian adoptees. Intimate and honest, the powerful and moving stories in the words of the transracial adoptees themselves result in a unified voice that reminds us to never, ever give up hope. All proceeds from this book will go toward financing DNA kits for Colombian adoptees and Colombian first family members, in an effort to reunite families separated by adoption.

Castaway Kid

Author : R. B. Mitchell
ISBN : 1604827882
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Abandoned by his parents when he was just three years old, Rob Mitchell began his journey as one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage. As Rob’s loneliness and rage grew, his hope shrank. Would he ever find a real family or a place to call home? Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately triumphant, this true story shows how, with faith, every person can leave the past behind and forge healthier, happier relationships. Now, Rob’s story has been turned into a compelling audiobook narrated by Paul Rothery. Listeners will be encouraged to find hope in every situation as they follow Rob through his life journey.


Author : Sandra Patton
ISBN : 9780814766811
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Check out this interview with the author on C-SPAN! In 1912, a revolutionary chick cries, “Strike down the wall!” and liberates itself from the “egg state.” In 1940, ostriches pull their heads out of the sand and unite to fight fascism. In 1972, Baby X grows up without a gender and is happy about it. Rather than teaching children to obey authority, to conform, or to seek redemption through prayer, twentieth-century leftists encouraged children to question the authority of those in power. Tales for Little Rebels collects forty-three mostly out-of-print stories, poems, comic strips, primers, and other texts for children that embody this radical tradition. These pieces reflect the concerns of twentieth-century leftist movements, like peace, civil rights, gender equality, environmental responsibility, and the dignity of labor. They also address the means of achieving these ideals, including taking collective action, developing critical thinking skills, and harnessing the liberating power of the imagination. Some of the authors and illustrators are familiar, including Lucille Clifton, Syd Hoff, Langston Hughes, Walt Kelly, Norma Klein, Munro Leaf, Julius Lester, Eve Merriam, Charlotte Pomerantz, Carl Sandburg, and Dr. Seuss. Others are relatively unknown today, but their work deserves to be remembered. (Each of the pieces includes an introduction and a biographical sketch of the author.) From the anti-advertising message of Johnny Get Your Money’s Worth (and Jane Too)! (1938) to the entertaining lessons in ecology provided by The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo (1971), and Sandburg’s mockery of war in Rootabaga Pigeons (1923), these pieces will thrill readers intrigued by politics and history--and anyone with a love of children’s literature, no matter what age. Check out co-editor Philip Nel discussing this book on NPR here.

The Effects Of Early Social Emotional And Relationship Experience On The Development Of Young Orphanage Children

Author : The St. Petersburg-USA Orphanage Research Team
ISBN : 9781444309690
Genre : Psychology
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Undertaken at orphanages in Russia, this study tests the role of early social and emotion experience in the development of children. Children were exposed to either multiple caregivers who performed routine duties in a perfunctory manner with minimal interaction or fewer caregivers who were trained to engage in warm, responsive, and developmentally appropriate interactions during routine care. Engaged and responsive caregivers were associated with substantial improvements in child development and these findings provide a rationale for making similar improvements in other institutions, programs, and organizations.

Growing Up In Foster Care

Author : Gillian Schofield
ISBN : 1873868936
Genre : Foster children
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Long-term foster care is one of the best kept secrets of the child care system. It is rarely mentioned as a positive option yet there is a significant group of vulnerable looked after children for whom growing up in a long-term foster family is their best chance of a secure family life. this new study looks at a group of 58 children under the age of 12 recently placed in long-term foster families. It provides a fascinating insight into their lives, their birth families, foster families and the system of social work practice that will define their future.

Thank God I Was Adopted

Author : Pekitta Tynes
ISBN : 0997282800
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Death By Default

Author : Human Rights Watch. Asia
ISBN : 1564321630
Genre : Social Science
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- A New Order

Rethinking Orphanages For The 21st Century

Author : Richard B. McKenzie
ISBN : 9780761914440
Genre : Family & Relationships
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This volume reviews the policy reforms necessary in the United States for children's homes to become reliable solutions for many of the nation's disadvantaged and abused children. The contributors explore a variety of topics including: judicial issues; child maltreatment; the history of children's homes; regulation and funding; and solutions for reform.

Adoption Nation

Author : Adam Pertman
ISBN : 9781558327160
Genre : Family & Relationships
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In this revised edition of Adam Pertman's award-winning book, first published in 2000, readers will find updated information on every aspect of adoption and its changing role in American society. Pertman, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and father of two adopted children, offers an unflinching study of adoption policy and processes.

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