Book Review: ‘Adoption and Fostering – A Parent’s Guide by Holly Noseda

The premise
A short, straightforward ‘handbook’ to the adoption process and what to expect at each stage. It covers topics including ‘managing expectations’, ‘life story work’, ‘contact with birth family’ and ‘post-adoption support’.

My response
A very quick read, but no less useful because of that. Reasonably up-to-date (though it still refers to ‘Form F’ – now the Prospective Adopters’ Report) and very practical, I appreciated the tone and format of the book which has lots of bullet points, statistics, and information. It would be a good introduction for someone new to adoption or for friends and family of adopters.

Quotation
‘Often, it’s not your own expectations about timescale that cause feelings of frustration – after all, you will hopefully have heard the lowdown on this at your preparation group. No, it’s often your over-zealous friends and family who know what a great parent you’d be and wonder why it’s taking everyone else so long to realise it!’ (p43)

What I found particularly useful
The shopping list to help parents prepare for placement of children at different ages is helpful (p66). The statistics are also interesting. Overall, it’s realistic and practical.

Conclusion
A short, easy read, making it a great overview of the process. Helpful lists and statistics. Would benefit from an update and a more thorough proofread – there are a handful of typos throughout.

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