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Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1984
Publisher: Harper & Row

A resourceful guide, indeed: very much attuned to today's adoption of foreign children, of ""waiting children"" and ""children with special needs."" Gilman, a researcher/journalist and mother of two adopted children, does systermatically cover the entire adoption scene; but instead of decrying the runaround prospective adoptive parents may get from traditional agencies, she quickly moves on to alternatives--independent adoption of white infants (not necessarily costlier than agency adoptions, or sub rosa), non-traditional agencies for adoption of older children with or without special needs. (Waiting children may also include sibling groups and healthy black youngsters of all ages.) Other commentators, it's true, have found the system of local, state, and national adoption exchanges--with their photographic listing hooks, for shopping-at-home--less effective in securing placements than Gilman seems to; but Gilman's optimistic outlook, her specific advice and cautions, and her extensive listings (specialized agencies for handicapped or transnational adoptions in the text, an extensive state-by-state directory at the close) will give childseekers every possible advantage. Her advice on ""Preparing for Your Child"" is also geared to the needs of non-traditional adoptees: has a pediatrician, for instance, treated children from Asia or Latin America--whose developmental patterns may differ from the American norm? And her discussion of adjustment and childrearing follows suit--with word, for one, of summer culture camps around the US for foreign-born adoptees. Jacqueline Plumez's Successful Adoption (1982) remains an excellent all-round source of information and guidance, and outstanding on adoption issues. But those going the newest routes will also want to check with Gilman.