Be My Baby: Parents & Children Talk About Adoption

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9781579651527: Be My Baby: Parents & Children Talk About Adoption

With insight and emotion, Be My Baby dramatizes the deeply felt bonds and life-affirming experiences that are at the heart of an adoptive family. Told through the voices of adoptive parents, their children (young and grown-up) and birth mothers, and accompanied by stunning photographs, it offers a luminous portrait of family life in the tradition of such best-selling books as Best Friends and Sisters.

With over thirty first-person accounts, including such notable adoptive parents as Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest and Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub, Be My Baby evocatively portrays the rich variety of adoption arrangements and experiences.

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"A family is a family, no matter how it comes to us," reassures one adoptive father in this luminous and groundbreaking portrait of today's adoptive families.

BE MY BABY is infused with the conviction of adoptive parents that they and their children were meant to be. In their own words, parents consider and speak about how their families came together, and how they're coming along.

In a section devoted to the thoughts of adopted children from nine to nineteen, kids tell what's on their minds, and how it feels to be adopted. Whether it's the many children who say, "I feel really special being adopted, " their wisdom, good sense, and honesty are deeply affecting and empowering to all adoptive children.

In another part of the book, adult children look back on their lives, speaking of different life passages and speculating on how much or how little adoption has affected them. "In the end," says one woman, "being adopted is part of the recipe of who you are, but it's not the main ingredient."

Finally, birth mothers come out of the shadows to speak of their love and concern for the children they chose not to raise themselves, and their gratification, nonetheless, at finding them the right homes. Children, too, speak of the importance of knowing about birth parents in order to better know themselves.

Along with these truthful, comforting, and ebullient life stories, vibrant photographs illuminate the faces of adoptive families--be they domestic, interracial, international, open or closed adoptions--making Be My Baby an immediate and beautiful testimony to the dream--and reality--of creating a family of one's own.

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

"I think that kids feel like they'd hurt my feelings if they said something wrong. I once said to a friend, 'You know, it's okay being adopted. You don't have to treat me differently. You can ask me about it.' And she sighed and said, 'Oh, thank God.'" (CAITLIN WACHS, age nine, adopted at birth)

"The birth father's absence in the adoption scenario creates a sense that fathers matter less. That's why I think it's so very important for the adoptive father to be a really involved parent --to close that gap." (AUBREY REESE, adoptive father)

"Adoption is not something to get over. It's something I am. I'm also Korean, and I'm also Italian American; I'm a son, but I'm also an uncle, and so on." (PETER SAVASTA, age twenty-four, adopted at five months)

"I feel I have more room to give my kids a bit of a break as individuals. I can't project as much of myself on them." (JAMIE LEE CURTIS, adoptive mother)

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