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Related by Adoption: A Handbook for Grandparents and Other Relatives [Paperback]

Hedi Argent
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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6 Jan 2004
'Everybody should try to have a grandmother of grandfather or aunt or uncle, especially if they don't have television, because they are the only grown-ups who have spare time to spend with us.' Grandparents and other relatives who become related by adoption can play an invaluable role in the life of the adopted child. When a child enters a new family with its own established lifestyle and ways of doing things - all of which could be overwhelming and confusing - grandparents and other relatives can help to guide the new child through what may seem to be an incomprehensible maze of values, standards and behaviours. This handbook introduces grandparents-to-be and other relatives to information about adoption today. It offers facts about the children needing adoption, processes and procedures and, most importantly, discusses how the wider family can support and be involved in building a family through adoption. Quotes and snippets from family stories add immediacy to this accessible and informative guide, which also includes a contribution from grandparents. If members of your family are considering adopting a child or children, this is the book for you!
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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) (6 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903699398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903699393
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro for family and friends 8 Nov 2006
By IVF Mum
I bought this book as my parents wanted to find out what they could do to support my husband and I through the adoption process. Since buying a copy for them I have been back and bought another 6 copies for all our relatives and closest friends, as it's relevant to anyone who will be involved in the life of the children we adopt.

It would be good to go into a bit more depth on some topics, but as an introduction it's great, and will give the people we are closest to a good appreciation for the process we are going through, but more importantly for the kind of issues that the children we adopt may face, and what role they can play in their lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Involvement in Adoption 1 May 2009
A mine of useful information/helpful hints for anyone about to be involved in the potentially complex but highly rewarding process of adoption.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introductory book 26 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With 3 sets of assorted parents all obviously concerned that their lives are going to be hugely impacted by our starting the adoption process, this book has been ideal as a way to offer them an insight into the process and how it will affect them.
Having read it myself first I found it clear and covered all the basics in an honest but reassuring manner. It isn't as in depth as I am sure other books would be, and I think therefore the price includes a mark up for BAAF's fundraising department. But it gives them enough of a flavour to feel confident of where to go next in their reading. This is important as the formal adoption process offers relatives no training or preparation despite their input being huge!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant buy 23 Mar 2010
great to get the family involved in your adoption proccess and to allow them to deal with feelings that they may also have as relatives. my whole family thought this was a great little book and not too long to be daunting! well worth buying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Related by Adoption 28 May 2012
By Ann
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book very informative and helpful as our daughter and son-in-law have recently gone through the adoption process. It will help us in our understanding of the adjustment needed for our new little grandchild and our relationship with the family. I can recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and insightful 25 April 2011
As new adoptive grandparents, this book was very helpful in helping us to look at issues from the children's point of view. I particularly appreciated the reminder that their 'history' as they come into the family could be recorded and could help root them securely as they grow. It is written in a friendly and accessible way. The book is very useful for aunts, uncles and cousins and all the wider family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The family liked it 18 Aug 2010
Bought this book for our parents and family on both sides. All have said it was helpfull and they liked it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Related by Adoption 5 Jan 2010
I found this book very informative covering all types of queries you may have. It gave you a good insite to the problems you might experience or the adopted parents are going through. I liked the book as there wasn't to much non essential infomation in it and was an easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If you have relatives and don't know where to start in explaining the ins and the outs of adopting a child, it is a god send and perfect Christmas present!
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Did the job
Bought this for my family as an introduction to our plans to adopt. They devoured it in less than a day and found it extremely helpful, answering many of the questions that they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by catrin thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars New updated edition now available.
This edition has now been replaced by a 2014 edition, which has been fully revised and updated. The ISBN of the new edition is 9781910039038.
Published 1 month ago by Charlie Hore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info
We have an imminent adoption in the family and I wanted to do so research to understand this. It is written most for the purpose of grandparents but most things apply to others. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracey Obbard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to give to grandparents
Simple format, a quick read and a good starting point for more in-depth discussion. My parents did find it useful.
Published 4 months ago by nicola
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
It was just what I expected it to be - a good preparation for adopting a child into our family.
I'd recommend it to aunties,uncles & cousins as well as grandparents.
Published 5 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars great for grandparents
Great book explains the whole process so it's easy to understand better than we could ourselves. It's helped both our parents to understand and see how they can help.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. S. J. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for families going through adoption
Both my parents have read (and since quoted chunks of) this book.

Really useful and simple, great for support network.
Published 8 months ago by mrs deborah J browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling part of the process!
This book was recommended to us as prospective adoptive grandparents and was hugely helpful. Often, in this situation, you feel distant from the process that your loved ones are... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jooles47
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reference and reassurance
This item was for a gift. I believe my parents used this as a reference point and was good for a reference point.
Published 10 months ago by Ms. K. A. Sharman
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