The Girls Who Went Away

The Girls Who Went Away Author Ann Fessler
ISBN-10 9781101644294
Year 2007-06-26
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

The Girls Who Went Away

The Girls Who Went Away Author Ann Fessler
ISBN-10 1439559988
Year 2008-10-08
Pages 362
Language en
Publisher
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Describes how countless single women were compelled to give up their children for adoption in the years prior to Roe v. Wade, and how their situations were compromised by limited birth control options and the unavailability of safe abortions.

The Girls Who Went Away

The Girls Who Went Away Author Ann Fessler
ISBN-10 9780143038979
Year 2007
Pages 362
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Describes how countless single women were compelled to give up their children for adoption in the years prior to Roe v. Wade, and how their situations were compromised by limited birth control options and the unavailability of safe abortions.

Failure to Flourish

Failure to Flourish Author Clare Huntington
ISBN-10 9780190212209
Year 2014-05-20
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individuals and society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America. Failure to Flourish contends that we must re-orient the legal system to help families avoid crises and, when conflicts arise, intervene in a manner that heals relationships. To understand how wrong our family law system has gone and what we need to repair it, Failure to Flourish takes us from ancient Greece to cutting-edge psychological research, and from the chaotic corridors of local family courts to a quiet revolution under way in how services are provided to families in need. Incorporating the latest insights of positive psychology and social science research, the book sets forth a new, more emotionally intelligent vision for a legal system that not only resolves conflict but actively encourages the healthy relationships that are at the core of a stable society.

Babies Without Borders

Babies Without Borders Author Karen Dubinsky
ISBN-10 9781442610194
Year 2010
Pages 199
Language en
Publisher University of Toronto Press
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International adoptions are both high-profile and controversial, with the celebrity adoptions and critically acclaimed movies such as Casa de los babys of recent years increasing media coverage and influencing public opinion. Neither celebrating nor condemning cross-cultural adoption, Karen Dubinsky considers the political symbolism of children in her examination of adoption and migration controversies in North America, Cuba, and Guatemala. Babies Without Borders tells the interrelated stories of Cuban children caught in Operation Peter Pan, adopted Black and Native American children who became icons in the Sixties, and Guatemalan children whose 'disappearance' today in transnational adoption networks echoes their fate during the country's brutal civil war. Drawing from extensive research as well as from her critical observations as an adoptive parent, Karen Dubinsky aims to move adoption debates beyond the current dichotomy of 'imperialist kidnap' versus 'humanitarian rescue.' Integrating the personal with the scholarly, Babies Without Borders exposes what happens when children bear the weight of adult political conflicts.

Promise to Cherish

Promise to Cherish Author Elizabeth Byler Younts
ISBN-10 9781476735047
Year 2014-10-07
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes. It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community. Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life. Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?

Wake Up Little Susie

Wake Up Little Susie Author Rickie Solinger
ISBN-10 9781135292164
Year 2013-10-15
Pages 360
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Adoption Reunion Handbook

The Adoption Reunion Handbook Author Elizabeth Trinder
ISBN-10 9780470094235
Year 2004-11-19
Pages 174
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The book describes the experiences that people have had when tracing their birth parents, as well as offering practical advice on how to go about searching and what to expect emotionally. Each section has an advice box which summarizes key points, notes issues to pay particular attention to, or offers draft letters that readers can adapt for their own needs. The appendix contains useful addresses and weblinks, and includes checklists for searching and for the reunion. Chapters include reunion with birth fathers and birth siblings, as well as with birth mothers, the relationship with the adoptive family and dealing with reunions that break down.

Kinship by Design

Kinship by Design Author Ellen Herman
ISBN-10 9780226328072
Year 2009-08-01
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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What constitutes a family? Tracing the dramatic evolution of Americans’ answer to this question over the past century, Kinship by Design provides the fullest account to date of modern adoption’s history. Beginning in the early 1900s, when children were still transferred between households by a variety of unregulated private arrangements, Ellen Herman details efforts by the U.S. Children’s Bureau and the Child Welfare League of America to establish adoption standards in law and practice. She goes on to trace Americans’ shifting ideas about matching children with physically or intellectually similar parents, revealing how research in developmental science and technology shaped adoption as it navigated the nature-nurture debate. Concluding with an insightful analysis of the revolution that ushered in special needs, transracial, and international adoptions, Kinship by Design ultimately situates the practice as both a different way to make a family and a universal story about love, loss, identity, and belonging. In doing so, this volume provides a new vantage point from which to view twentieth-century America, revealing as much about social welfare, statecraft, and science as it does about childhood, family, and private life.

The Baby Thief

The Baby Thief Author Barbara Bisantz Raymond
ISBN-10 9780786733743
Year 2009-04-29
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Da Capo Press
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For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee — selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, The Baby Thief is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.

Reunited

Reunited Author Pamela Slaton
ISBN-10 9781250012135
Year 2012-05-08
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
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As seen on "20/20"! In this poignant and heartwarming narrative, renowned genealogist Pamela Slaton tells the most striking stories from her incredibly successful career of reconnecting adoptees with long-lost birth parents After a traumatic reunion with her own birth mother, Pamela Slaton realized two things: That she wanted to help other adoptees have happier reunions with their birth families, and that she had the unique skill to do so – a strong ability to find what others could not. Reunited shares the riveting stories of some of Pam's most powerful cases from her long career as an investigative genealogist, and the lessons learned along the way. From the identical twins separated at birth, unknowingly part of a secret study on development, to the man who finally met his birth mother just in the nick of time, Reunited is a collection of these unforgettable moments, told by the woman who orchestrated and witnessed them first-hand. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, they will move anyone who knows the true life-affirming power of family.

The Same Smile

The Same Smile Author Susan Mello Souza
ISBN-10 0972510001
Year 2002
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher
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This compelling, heartwarming story of love lost and found will make you smile, it will also make you cry, but mostly, it will make you understand. Told, as never before, in the blended voices of both birth mother, Susan and her "found" daughter, Joanne, it promises to pull you in from the "get-go." Experience Susan's extraordinary thirty-year journey from relinquishment to search, culminating with the emotionally charged rollercoaster rid of reunion. "Susan is sixteen, unmarried and pregnant and about to make a choice no woman should ever be forced to make - surrender the precious child she is carrying to adoption. A promise is made, and then, years later, the promise is broken when, yet again, tragedy strikes in her life." This is her true story... Rating -- 5 Stars. Pros -- Very well-written - Flowing story line - A "feel-good" book. Cons -- None. "This wonderfully human story of a 60's relinquishment and a family reunited is told in the blended voices of mother and (found) daughter. Instead of a tragic account of the loss of a child to adoption, compounded by the death of a subsequent child to leukemia, this book is a triumph of strength. The losses are not diminished, the emotional scars are still there, but author Souza's story is forward-looking and encouraging. The added voice of her (found) daughter adds another dimension, with her (Joanne's) honest expression of her initial discomfort, and her growing closeness with her new-found family. The "happily-ever-after" ending is well-deserved, paid for in tears and anguish. "The Same Smile" is an apt title, as seen in the photographs of Souza with her three daughters, but after reading the book, I think the title "The Same Heart" would have been equally appropriate." Nancy Ashe -- Book guide/reviewer. Distributed by Baker and Taylor.