True stories of creating loving families despite long odds.
Pediatrician and Worldwide Orphans Foundation founder Aronson gathers first-person, heartwarming accounts of adoption by couples and single mothers and fathers, with biological children or without. The decision to adopt can stem from a variety of motivations: inability to conceive, a mission to help those less fortunate, a desire for a larger family. Regardless of the reasons behind the action, each of these succinct narratives puts the adoptive child at the forefront, with the adoptive parent(s) expressing their love and devotion to their new child. Each mini-essay is a picture of what Aronson calls the “ ‘leap of faith’ required when creating a family." One mother writes about being “so thankful” she ignored her fears and “took that leap”; she and her new daughter "are the perfect team." In addition to families in the United States, the author profiles children from countries around the world, including Ethiopia, Russia, China and Guatemala. Some parents elaborate on the endless mountains of paperwork involved in the adoption process and the months, sometime years, of waiting. Others focus on the health issues, known and unknown, of their new child and the heartache and angst of caring for a child with AIDS or one with severe behavioral issues. All the parents agree that despite the setbacks, adopting one or more children is the best process that could have happened to these children and their new parents. With more than 150 million orphans in the world today, these stories provide encouragement to those contemplating the adoption process.
Short, sweet, eye-opening thoughts on adoption and mixed-race parenthood.