A Peacock or a Crow? Stories, Interviews and Commentaries on Romanian Adoptions

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As the adoptive dad of a son from Romania, I was glad to have this book available before dealing with some of the issues all adoptive families (not just those from Romania) face. Groza and his co-authors discuss some important issues -- some of which are more scary or ominous than others. The book paints an incomplete picture (in fact, most information on international adoptions is incomplete simply because so little research has really been done yet) in some cases, and gives opinions with which some would strongly disagree. I was satisfied, however, that the authors seemed to acknowledge their opinions are subject to new data and interpretation -- new data which they are actively involved in seeking. Groza paints a hopeful picture for kids adopted out of institutions, while admitting that there will always be some kids who are irreversibly damaged -- and that there will always be some "baggage" even in the most well-adjusted kids. It was very useful to read of others' experiences, and I highly recommend this book to all prospective adoptive parents (whether adopting from Romania or elsewhere). There are no pat answers here, but a lot of useful information and reassurance.

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About the Author:

Victor Groza, Ph.D., is an internationally known researcher on adoption with 3 books and over 30 professional articles. Of Romanian ancestry, he has returned to Romania each summer since 1991, carrying out research, conducting training, or providing technical assistance to child welfare projects. He is an Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and has appeared on such shows as "Eye to Eye" with Connie Chung and in a segment on international adoption in "Adoption in the Twentieth Century," with Mike Wallace.

Daniela F. Ileana, MSSA, LISW, works for Hill House Mental Health and Research, Inc.. She is a social worker and manager of a group home for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Having immigrated from Romania at age 14, she has returned several times to her native country to carry out research, conduct training, or provide technical assistance.

Ivor Irwin, MFA, is a fiction writer and university lecturer who currently lives in Chicago. Of Romanian ancestry, he was raised in Manchester, England by his grandmother, who had immigrated from Bucharest. He has published in The Sun, Indiana Review, Sycamore Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Long Story, Playboy and other magazines. His work has been published in a number of anthologies and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

Review:

A valuable and interesting book about one of the most heartbreaking tragedies of our times... --Mario Puzo, Author of The Godfather

"A Peacock or a Crow" is recommended reading for adoptive families, prospective families, or for anyone interested in the adoptive....... --James A. Rosenthal - Professor of Social Work, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

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