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Adopting in America : how to adopt within one year /

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Language: English
Published: WordSlinger Press, 2004
Edition: Fourth revised edition.
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The nation's most successful adoption attorney fully explains every aspect of adoption for prospective patents, including: - twelve types of adoption- insiders' strategies for adoption success- how to spot red flags around a risky adoption- adoption myths- lists every child-placing agency in each state- biographies of adoption attorneys- reviews of each state's unique adoption laws and procedures (When is the consent signed by the birth mother? How long does she have to change her mind?)


Introductionp. 5
1.Selecting a Method of Adoption that Works for Youp. 9
Agency Adoption
Private Agency Adoption
Public Agency Adoption
The Foster Parent Shortcut
Independent Adoption
Nonresident Independent Adoption
Identified Adoption
International Adoption
2.Techniques to Quickly Locate a Baby for Adoptionp. 57
The Role of the Adoption Attorney
Selecting an Adoption Attorney
Networking with a Photo-Resume Letter
Preparing a Photo-Resume Letter
General Mail-Out Networking
Personal Networking
The Cover Letter
Starting Your Networking Campaign
3.Arranging a Successful Adoptionp. 89
Working with a Birth Mother
Handling a Birth Mother's Initial Call
Meeting a Birth Mother in Person
Key Issues to Explore
Post-Birth Contact with Your Birth Mother
4.What Happens at the Hospitalp. 111
What to Do Before the Birth
Medical Issues and Reducing Costs
Hospital Notification
Your Role at the Time of Birth
What Happens After the Birth
5.The Legal Issues in Adoption: Step-By-Stepp. 121
The Petition for Adoption
Filing the Petition for Adoption
The Role of Social Services
The Birth Mother's Consent to the Adoption
Can the Birth Mother Change Her Mind?
The Rights of the Birth Father
Marital Fathers
Non-Marital Fathers
A Nonmarital Father's Right to Object
When Consent Is Not Required
The Indian Child Welfare Act
The Interstate Compact
Financial Assistance to the Birth Mother
The Finalization of the Adoption
6.State-by-State Reviewp. 143
State Information
Adoption Attorney Information
Licensed Private Adoption Agencies
Conclusionp. 345
AHelpful Organizations and Publicationsp. 346
BSample Photo-Resume Letterp. 348
CSample Cover Letterp. 349
Suggested Readingp. 350
Indexp. 351

Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

No touchy-feely paean to the joys of adopting, Hicks?s book is a nuts-and-bolts, practical guide to the entire process of adopting a child. Hicks, an adoption attorney, begins by debunking the myth that an adoption agency is necessary, reminding readers of the 11 other ways they can adopt, whether through public or county adoption agencies, independent adoption or numerous other routes. His educational and empowering book goes on to explain how adoptive parents should select a method of adoption, quickly locate a baby for adoption, arrange a successful adoption (including working with a birth mother and handling the initial meeting), and handle medical and legal issues. Hicks ends with a state-by-state review of adoption, where he provides each state?s laws and procedures (they vary widely). The author is able to present no-nonsense, matter-of-fact advice while using a compassionate approach that will bolster the confidence of parents who seek to adopt. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Review

Hicks, a renowned adoption attorney, has updated his hallmark reference work, first published more than a decade ago. In Part 1, the author tackles critical adoption issues, beginning with the various kinds of adoption. While Hicks evaluates foster parenting and independent, international, and private and public agency adoptions, they get short shrift compared with independent adoption. Hicks then moves on to techniques for quickly locating a baby and arranging a successful adoption, even discussing what adoptive parents need to know about hospital and medical matters before and after the infant's birth. Finally, he supplies useful legal information, especially concerning the issue of consent on the part of the birth parents. Recommended for public libraries, though Brette McWhorter Sember's The Complete Adoption & Fertility Guide (see next page) may be a better choice given its more balanced discussion of adoption options. This is best for readers wishing to learn more about independent adoption. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Randall B. Hicks is an attorney in Southern California whose career is dedicated to helping families adopt quickly, ethically and affordably. He has completed more than 800 domestic and international adoptions and is considered one of the nation's leading adoption attorneys and authors. He hosted the PBS series Adoption Forum and is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

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