First book-length exploration of adoptive fatherhood as a topic in its own right, placing adoptive fathers within the web of relationships comprising adoption today. The voices of men - adoptive and birth fathers - are rarely heard in adoption debates. This book looks at what it is like being an adoptive dad and explains how you go about adopting a child, prepare for a new kind of family life and deal with the challenges along the way. It explores how men fit into the adoption scene and looks at adoptive fatherhood as a topic in its own right - written by someone who has been there. This timely and thought provoking book is the first in the UK to combine the experiences and perspectives of adoptive fathers with a guide to the adoption process - from the man's point of view. Against a context in which our understanding of fathers, their roles and their purpose, is vague at the best of times, this book is a welcome addition to the literature. Fathers have been largely silent and unstudied figures, yet they can be key in their children's lives and play a crucial role in the success or failure of adoptive placement. This book fleshes out the adoptive father's somewhat sketchy place in the contemporary map of adoption.