The Whole Life Adoption Book

Are you considering adoption as a way of building your family? Are you just starting the process? How much do you really know about parenting an adopted child? Are you planning to adopt transracial; if so, are you prepared to educate your child about race and racism? If you are considering adoption, then I have just the book to recommend to you. It’s The Whole Life Adoption Book by Jayne E. Schooler.

I just recently found this book, the original version fo which was published in 1993. In 2008, a revised and updated was published. This review is based on the 1993, which I still feel is an excellent resource for adoptive families, especially those just thinking about adoption or early in the process. This book will lay the foundation of the unique parenting journey you are considering.

The book is divided into four parents. The chapters in Part One deal with the unique challenges adoptive parents face, give 10 critical factors for success in building a healthy adoptive family, and talk about how to parent your family and friends for this journey. Part Two deals with attachment and strategies you can use to ease the transition for your child. Part Three covers communicating about adoption, including critical questions and answers for both parents and children and talking with our children about adoption. Then Part Four delves into growing up adopted, including giving our children what they need, helping teens resolve painful issues, birth family searches, and the special challenges that transracial adoption brings.

My favorite part of the book is The Cultural Heritage Plan by Pamela Severs. This plan lays out racial or cultural root activities that families can do from infancy through the teen years. The plan includes establishing relationships with people who share your child’s racial and cultural background; providing culturally appropriate toys, books, and puzzles; introducing culturally appropriate magazines; learning the child’s language of origin; and so much more.

This is one resource I wish I’d had when we were in process. It covers so much of the very important topics that touch the lives of adoptive families. Even if you’re an experienced adoptive family, I think you can still learn from this book. While I’ve already learned many of the lessons in this book (some of them the hard way), it was still a great refresher for me. Not to mention our family can use the Cultural Heritage Plan for years to come.

I encourage you to check this one out, no matter where you are on your adoption journey. I found the 1993 version at our library, but you can buy the revised and updated version from Amazon.com. In comparing the Table of Contents of the two editions, it appears that the chapter on transracial parenting is not included in the updated version. However, after reading one of the Amazon.com reviews it seems that there is extensive coverage of intercountry adoption in the new volume, but I can’t attest to that personally.

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