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Tsk-Tsk - The Story Of A Child At Large (Paperback): Suzan Hackney Tsk-Tsk - The Story Of A Child At Large (Paperback)
Suzan Hackney 2
R521 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R62 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'I was made in Coffee Bay. Right there on the beach, in the sand.'

From the opening lines, we are drawn in and engrossed by this startling memoir of a singular childhood. Suzan is adopted as a newborn in the late 1960s into a seemingly loving and welcoming family living in Pietermaritzburg. But Suzan is set on a collision course with, most particularly, her adoptive mother, and society, from her very beginning. Suzan's relationship with her mother is fraught with drama, which veers over into a level of emotional abuse and needless cruelty that is shocking.

At the age of thirteen, Suzan is sent to a place of safety as a ward of the state, effectively 'orphaning' her. From there, she spirals out of control – fighting to survive in a world of other neglected, abandoned and abused children. She becomes a 'runner', escaping at every opportunity from her various places of confinement, grabbing her schooling in snatches, living on the edges of a drug and prostitution underworld, finding love wherever she can.

Suzan’s young life was the stuff of movies, but it is her writing, in a voice that is unforgettable and true, that transforms her memories into something magical rarely matched in South African literature. A new classic.

Neglected (Paperback): Cathy Glass Neglected (Paperback)
Cathy Glass
R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Little Jamey, 21/2 years old, is placed with experienced foster carer, Cathy Glass, as an emergency. The police and social services had no choice after a neighbour reported Jamey had been left alone all night while his mother went out partying. Scared, hungry and withdrawn, Jamey has spent so much time in his cot that his leg muscles haven't developed, and he can barely walk. He is craving affection, and Cathy and her family find him very easy to love. However, as Jamey begins to settle in and make progress a new threat emerges. Coronavirus and lockdown changes everything.

I Just Want to Be Loved (Paperback): Casey Watson I Just Want to Be Loved (Paperback)
Casey Watson
R187 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R26 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

After taking a few weeks off work, Casey is presented with a new foster child: 14-year-old Elise, whose Mum left her at just five years old. At first, she's no trouble at all, that is until she falsely accuses another carer, Jan, of acting inappropriately towards her. It turns out this isn't the first lie Elise has told - her previous carer was constantly following up allegations Elise had made of people bullying her, trying to have sex with her, or hurting her physically. With some reservations, Casey agrees to take Elise on long-term, but when she makes some dark claims about her mum, Casey doesn't know whether to believe her. In any case, she is determined to find out the truth...

My Sweet Girl - An addictive, shocking thriller with an UNFORGETTABLE narrator (Paperback): Amanda Jayatissa My Sweet Girl - An addictive, shocking thriller with an UNFORGETTABLE narrator (Paperback)
Amanda Jayatissa
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'My Sweet Girl is like nothing else I've read. Set in San Francisco and Sri Lanka, this is a story about friendship, lies, and guilt. A stunning and original must-read' Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife A girl in a new country. A dark secret left behind. A dead body which might tell all. Ever since she was adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, Paloma has led a privileged Californian life: the best schools, a generous allowance and parents so perfect that Paloma fears she'll never live up to them. Now at thirty, Paloma has managed to disappoint her parents so thoroughly that their relationship will never recover. Unemployed and friendless, the only person still talking to her is Arun - the Indian man subletting her spare room. That is until Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her fragile place in this country, and the next day is found face down in a pool of blood. On finding Arun's body Paloma flees her apartment. But by the time the police arrive, there's no body to be found or signs of struggle - and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place. The police may be quick to dismiss everything, but Paloma knows what she saw. Is this tangled up in her childhood in Sri Lanka and the desperate actions she took to leave so many years ago? And did Paloma's secret die with Arun or is she now in greater danger than ever before?

The fostering of children - A personal experience (Paperback): Douglas Binstead The fostering of children - A personal experience (Paperback)
Douglas Binstead
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book is an account of the authora s experiences as a Foster carer, and in particular as a Foster carer of teenage children, over a period of more than twenty years. It is intended to dispel the notion set out over the years in the many recruitment advertisements that Fostering is a life of enduring happiness and contentment for both carers and children. It is never that glamorous. It can, however, over time, be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both. The author and his wife have been Foster carers since 1997 and are still Foster carers to this day.

Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up with Brian Clough (Paperback): Craig Bromfield Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up with Brian Clough (Paperback)
Craig Bromfield
R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Craig Bromfield was just 13 years old when Brian Clough, on a whim, took him and his older brother Aaron in. They came from Southwick, a depressed area of Sunderland, where they lived with their abusive stepfather, and from where they longed to escape. After initially meeting Clough while out begging for money, Clough later invited the brothers to stay at his house. From there a relationship formed which would see Craig living with the Cloughs for nine years, where he was a first-hand witness to the many aspects of Clough's character - his gruffness, his humour, his big-heartedness. This is a beautiful, inspirational story, which has never before been told, about Clough's gentleness and capacity for generosity. Discover a very different side to this iconic man, one away from the cameras and the football, which shows him for the person he really was.

The A-Z of Survival Strategies for Therapeutic Parents - From Chaos to Cake (Paperback, Illustrated edition): Sarah Naish The A-Z of Survival Strategies for Therapeutic Parents - From Chaos to Cake (Paperback, Illustrated edition)
Sarah Naish; Illustrated by Kath Grimshaw
R484 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R37 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'This book is your hot flask of tea or coffee, and a cosy blanket which will keep you warm, safe and well on your journey, ensuring you reach the other side, mentally and physically well.' So, you want to help your child by therapeutic parenting, but how are YOU? This easy-to-follow, dip-in dip-out resource addresses common challenges and feelings experienced by therapeutic parents and offers 80 practical strategies to help you cope and survive. Bestselling parenting author Sarah Naish writes with humour and compassion, sharing her personal and professional experiences covering all of the essentials: self-maintenance, coping with isolation and rejection, scheduling holidays and, of course, the therapeutic importance of cake! Think you don't have the time or inclination for a bit of 'self-care'? This book will save time, save energy and help solve your problems - a 'must have' for all therapeutic parents.

Approval (Paperback): John D. Rutter Approval (Paperback)
John D. Rutter
R245 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R40 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Approval follows would-be parents David and Cici through a series of forays into the past as they go through the motions of applying to adopt a child. Their story builds a picture of hope, vulnerability and fear as David is put under intense and intrusive scrutiny during their battle against faceless bureaucracy. From family background and early experiences to adult relationships, he is forced to revisit uncomfortable - sometimes painful - episodes, in the hope of meeting the authority's requirements. Confronting a lonely, difficult and uncertain path to family life, Approval is a brave novel told from a perspective rarely explored in fiction: a man's response to a couple's infertility. Approval follows would-be parents David and Cici through a series of forays into the past as they go through the motions of applying to adopt a child.

China Ghosts (Paperback): Jeff Gammage China Ghosts (Paperback)
Jeff Gammage
R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Aching to expand from a couple to a family, Jeff Gammage--a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer--and his wife, Christine, embarked upon a journey that would carry them across a shifting landscape of emotion and through miles of red tape and bureaucratic protocol. On the other side of the world--in the smog-choked city of Changsha in Hunan Province--a silent, stoic little girl was waiting for them: Jin Yu, their new daughter. Now they would have to learn how to fully embrace a life altered beyond recognition by new concerns and responsibilities--and by a love unlike any they'd ever felt before.

Alive with insight and feeling, China Ghosts is an eye-opening depiction of the foreign adoption process and a remarkable glimpse into a different culture. Most important, it is a poignant, heartfelt, and intensely intimate chronicle of the making of a family.

The Puppy No One Wanted - The young dog desperate for a home to call his own (Paperback): Barby Keel The Puppy No One Wanted - The young dog desperate for a home to call his own (Paperback)
Barby Keel 1
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) In Stock

Barby Keel is used to all manner of creatures arriving at the door of the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary where she lives and works, deep within the Sussex countryside. Nothing can prepare her for the arrival of Teddy, however, a neglected, traumatised puppy who is dumped at the gates of the sanctuary in a filthy box, terrified and desperate for someone to love. Despite his scruffy appearance, Barby can't help but feel a spark of affection for the overgrown puppy. But with Barby living in a caravan along with her four other dogs, she knows in her heart of hearts that Teddy deserves a more stable forever home. Wiping away tears, she waves Teddy away to his new life with a young couple, knowing that she's done what's best for the animal. But barely a few days later, Teddy is returned to the sanctuary, his new family unable to cope with his boisterous behaviour and his ever-growing size. Barby tries desperately to re-home him, but Teddy is rejected over and over again by his new foster families. Anxious and terrified of being separated from her, Barby is now faced with the impossible task of working through the traumas of Teddy's past to help the young dog. But when she receives the devastating news that her beloved younger brother has received a shocking diagnosis, Barby's life as she knows it is thrown into disarray. Can the love of a gentle giant help Barby through the unimaginable? And will Barby's unwavering devotion set Teddy free from the suffering he has endured?

AdoptyMum - A Survival Guide To Life With Adopted Kids (Paperback): Elena Holmes AdoptyMum - A Survival Guide To Life With Adopted Kids (Paperback)
Elena Holmes
R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up with Brian Clough (Hardcover): Craig Bromfield Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up with Brian Clough (Hardcover)
Craig Bromfield
R365 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R36 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Craig Bromfield was just 13 years old when Brian Clough, on a whim, took him and his older brother Aaron in. They came from Southwick, a depressed area of Sunderland, where they lived with their abusive stepfather, and from where they longed to escape. After initially meeting Clough while out begging for money, Clough later invited the brothers to stay at his house. From there a relationship formed which would see Craig living with the Cloughs for nine years, where he was a first-hand witness to the many aspects of Clough's character - his gruffness, his humour, his big-heartedness. This is a beautiful, inspirational story, which has never before been told, about Clough's gentleness and capacity for generosity. Discover a very different side to this iconic man, one away from the cameras and the football, which shows him for the person he really was.

The Mermaid Who Couldn't - How Mariana Overcame Loneliness and Shame and Learned to Sing Her Own Song (Paperback,... The Mermaid Who Couldn't - How Mariana Overcame Loneliness and Shame and Learned to Sing Her Own Song (Paperback, Illustrated edition)
Alison Redford; Illustrated by Kara Simpson
R309 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mariana the Mermaid is not like the other mermaids. Abandoned by a careless mother on the ocean floor, she has never laughed or played, and can barely even swim. She feels useless. Then she meets Muriel the Turtle, who welcomes her into her family and teaches her to sing her own mighty song, making her feel confident and ready to join in with the other mermaids. Written for children aged 4+, this picture book uses a simple metaphor to show how children who have experienced neglect or who lack confidence can learn to find a sense of self-worth. It will help children explore their feelings and encourage communication.

Four Waifs on our Doorstep (Paperback, Reissue): Trisha Merry Four Waifs on our Doorstep (Paperback, Reissue)
Trisha Merry
R199 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R47 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

At eleven o' clock one night in 1997, four hungry, damaged young children arrive on foster carers Trisha and Mike Merry's doorstep. Two social workers dropped them off with nothing but the ragged clothes they were wearing and no information. The children were covered in bruises, two had black eyes, one had a broken arm and they were all scratching themselves. Starved, seriously neglected and abused in every way, four young siblings have been repeatedly overlooked by everyone who should have cared. The eldest scavenges for food by night and is exhausted from trying to protect his sisters, his baby brother and himself from serious parental neglect and the perilous attentions of frequent paedophile visitors. From the start, these four children challenge Trisha and Mike to extremes. Despite all their experience over many years, they wonder if they have met their match. Yet, from that very first night, this couple's unbounded love and care and their unbelievable determination surmount all the obstacles that follow. The shocking truth about the children's home lives is beyond anything Trish and Mike have experienced, yet through their formidable efforts, their unshakeable belief in the children, and their (almost) unfailing sense of humour, they are able to turn around four young lives from tragedy to hope.

A Chance (Hardcover): Cristina Duran, Miguel Giner Bou A Chance (Hardcover)
Cristina Duran, Miguel Giner Bou; Translated by Katherine Rucker
R604 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R106 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Stranger Care - A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours (Paperback): Sarah Sentilles Stranger Care - A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours (Paperback)
Sarah Sentilles
R408 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Childhood in Kinship Care - A Longitudinal Investigation (Hardcover): Jeanette Skoglund, Renee Thornblad, Amy Holtan Childhood in Kinship Care - A Longitudinal Investigation (Hardcover)
Jeanette Skoglund, Renee Thornblad, Amy Holtan
R1,104 Discovery Miles 11 040 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Kinship foster care involves placing children who cannot live at home in foster care with other members of their family or close network. This book sheds light on different aspects of kinship care development and practice. Using a 20-year longitudinal research study from Norway, this book shows the historical development of kinship care in Norway, research on kinship care, and how family life and relations are negotiated and lived in the span between private and public sphere. It includes the perspectives of the children, their parents and their relatives who have functioned as foster parents. Recognising that kinship care is complex, and needs to be understood and studied from different perspectives, the book describes, analyses and discusses a number of subjects: kinship care in a child welfare historical context, families who are part of kinship care and their perspectives, the formal frameworks around kinship care, and research approaches which have dominated research into kinship care. This book will be of interest to all scholars, students and professionals working in social work and child welfare more broadly, both in the Nordic countries and in a wider international context.

Nursing Care of Adoption and Kinship Families - A Clinical Guide for Advanced Practice Nurses (Paperback): Karen J. Foli Nursing Care of Adoption and Kinship Families - A Clinical Guide for Advanced Practice Nurses (Paperback)
Karen J. Foli
R1,403 R1,095 Discovery Miles 10 950 Save R308 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Provides foundational knowledge on how to provide current, evidence-based, clinical best practices for the specific needs of adoption and kinship families. The material in this book is well researched, sensitively delivered, and essential for any clinician for adoption and kinship families. To be a family, and what that means in society, is undergoing dramatic changes that reflect fluidity in the definition of spouse, children, and kin. Pediatric, Family, Adult-Gerontology, and other Advance Practice Nurses increasingly serve as frontline, primary care providers for the growing number of adoption and kinship families. The creation and preservation of these non-traditional families are often replete with social, cultural, and legal issues that the advanced practice nurse must recognize to provide optimal care. This ground-breaking clinical guide breaks down the adoption and kinship triads into their distinct parts, the birth parents, adoptive or kinship parents, and the child, and analyses the relationships among them and how the nurse can assist their development. Beginning with an overview of adoption and kinship parenting, this book also discusses the specific psychosocial and healthcare-related needs of adoption and kinship families using detailed case studies to illustrate a variety of conditions and circumstances, and how nurses should intervene. A clinically-focused section within the case study chapters covers assessment, interventions, referrals and follow up considerations. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter relay major discussion points, and sidebars embedded in each chapter provide related resources for more and evolving information on the healthcare considerations of adoption/kinship families. Key Features Addresses nursing's specific role in the holistic assessment and care of the different members of adoption and kinship families Authored by a renowned nurse leader in adoption and kinship care Provides chapter objectives, highlights, and questions for the readers' reflection Promotes current, evidence-based best practices A glossary of adoption-friendly language Discusses nursing practice within the context of a larger healthcare team .

Mummy, Please Don't Leave (Paperback): Casey Watson Mummy, Please Don't Leave (Paperback)
Casey Watson
R176 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R13 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A heartbreaking true story of a broken family and the foster carer who wants to keep them together... The Watsons are no strangers to sibling placements but when Casey takes the call from her supervising social worker one frosty January morning, she can instantly tell from the tone of her colleague's voice that there's a complicated case ahead. And she's right. A four-day-old baby boy called Tommy - born in prison - plus his four-year-old half-brother, the lively Seth. A month later, the very moment she gets out of prison, the boys' mother - a 19-year-old called Jenna - also follows. For Casey, it would it be a difficult scenario on several levels. Caring for a new born in her fifties with a pre-schooler who has spent most of his young life without boundaries tearing around her ankles, while also looking out for his drug-addicted mum who is ill-equipped to parent. It's an unusual situation but one that has arisen in a bid to keep the family together. Can Casey find the energy and strength needed to rise to the challenge? Casey believes she can but when baby Tommy and Seth arrive, she falters. Seth is not so much a pocket rocket as a seek and destroy missile with a whole other agenda...

A Long Way from Home (Paperback, Edition): Cathy Glass A Long Way from Home (Paperback, Edition)
Cathy Glass 1
R219 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R40 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage. Elaine and Ian had travelled half way round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn't have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn't make sense. Until I learned what had happened. ... Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the thirty or so infants cried, let alone spoke.

Culture Keeping - White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference (Paperback): Heather Jacobson Culture Keeping - White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference (Paperback)
Heather Jacobson
R1,005 R816 Discovery Miles 8 160 Save R189 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Since the early 1990s, close to 250,000 children born abroad have been adopted into the United States. Nearly half of these children have come from China or Russia. "Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference" offers the first comparative analysis of these two popular adoption programs.

Heather Jacobson examines these adoptions by focusing on a relatively new social phenomenon, the practice by international adoptive parents, mothers in particular, of incorporating aspects of their children's cultures of origin into their families' lives. "Culture keeping" is now standard in the adoption world, though few adoptive parents, the majority of whom are white and native-born, have experience with the ethnic practices of their children's homelands prior to adopting.

Jacobson follows white adoptive mothers as they navigate culture keeping: from their motivations, to the pressures and constraints they face, to the content of their actual practices concerning names, food, toys, travel, cultural events, and communities of belonging. Through her interviews, she explores how women think about their children, their families, and themselves as mothers as they labor to construct or resist ethnic identities for their children, who may be perceived as birth children (because they are white) or who may be perceived as adopted (because of racial difference).

The choices these women make about culture, Jacobson argues, offer a window into dominant ideas of race and the "American Family," and into how social differences are conceived and negotiated in the United States.

Culture Keeping - White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference (Hardcover): Heather Jacobson Culture Keeping - White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference (Hardcover)
Heather Jacobson
R1,998 R1,550 Discovery Miles 15 500 Save R448 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Since the early 1990s, close to 250,000 children born abroad have been adopted into the United States. Nearly half of these children have come from China or Russia. "Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference" offers the first comparative analysis of these two popular adoption programs.

Heather Jacobson examines these adoptions by focusing on a relatively new social phenomenon, the practice by international adoptive parents, mothers in particular, of incorporating aspects of their children's cultures of origin into their families' lives. "Culture keeping" is now standard in the adoption world, though few adoptive parents, the majority of whom are white and native-born, have experience with the ethnic practices of their children's homelands prior to adopting.

Jacobson follows white adoptive mothers as they navigate culture keeping: from their motivations, to the pressures and constraints they face, to the content of their actual practices concerning names, food, toys, travel, cultural events, and communities of belonging. Through her interviews, she explores how women think about their children, their families, and themselves as mothers as they labor to construct or resist ethnic identities for their children, who may be perceived as birth children (because they are white) or who may be perceived as adopted (because of racial difference).

The choices these women make about culture, Jacobson argues, offer a window into dominant ideas of race and the "American Family," and into how social differences are conceived and negotiated in the United States.

Stolen Faith - A forbidden love. A stolen child. A divided family (Paperback): James McVeigh Stolen Faith - A forbidden love. A stolen child. A divided family (Paperback)
James McVeigh
R339 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R56 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Belfast, 1944: American soldier James McCann meets the beautiful and impetuous Rose Rafferty. They fall in love, but their romance is forbidden - and war separates them. Boston, present day: James's children are celebrating his life when they find a wartime letter that changes everything. They have a half-sister, born in an Irish mother and baby home, stolen by the nuns and exported to the US. Their search for justice will cross oceans and generations. It will uncover secrets and lies, revealing the abuse of the most innocent in society by the most powerful. It will pit them against Church and State and shine a light into the darkest corners of Irish history.

Behind Closed Doors (Paperback): Maggie Hartley Behind Closed Doors (Paperback)
Maggie Hartley
R196 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R32 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

A powerful, moving true story from Sunday Times bestseller, Maggie Hartley, Britain's most-loved foster carer. Perfect for fans of Cathy Glass and Casey Watson. Foster carer Maggie Hartley is finally enjoying a well-earned holiday from fostering, savouring time with her brand new baby granddaughter. One night, though, the peace and quiet is interrupted by an urgent call from Social Services. A man has been stabbed, and Social Services need to find an emergency placement for his little girl. Maggie is used to children arriving on her doorstep at all times of the day and night, but nothing can prepare her for the sight of eleven-year-old Nancy. The little girl arrives in her pyjamas, covered in blood, and mute with shock. With her mother missing and her father in intensive care, the police are desperate for answers. Who stabbed Nancy's father? Where is her mother? And what is Nancy hiding about her seemingly perfect family? The longer Maggie spends with her little girl, the clearer it becomes that all is not as it seems. Can Maggie discover the terrible truth of what's been happening behind closed doors?

20 Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Sherrie Eldridge 20 Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Sherrie Eldridge
R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As an adoptee, do you have mixed feelings about your adoption? If you do, you are not alone - adoptees often experience complex feelings of grief, anger, and questions about their identity. Sherrie Eldridge is an adoptee and adoption expert, and in this book she draws on her personal experiences and feelings relating to adoption as well as interviews with over 70 adoptees. Sherrie reveals how you can discover your own unique life purpose and worth, and sets out 20 life-transforming choices which you have the power to make. The choices will help you discover answers about issues such as: Why do I feel guilty when I think about my birth parents? Why can't I talk about the painful aspects of adoption? Where can I gain an unshakable sense of self-esteem? Sherrie also addresses the problem of depression among adoptees and common dilemmas such as if, when and how to contact a birth mother or father. This fully updated second edition includes new material on finding support online, contacting family through social media, and features three new chapters, including Sherrie's story of reuniting with her birth brother, Jon, in adulthood.

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