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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Adoption Reunion Handbook

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ISBN13: 9780470094228
ISBN: 0470094222
Published: April 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.99

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.

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About the authors. Preface. Foreword. Acknowledgements.
1. Introduction.
2. Taking the first step: Birth record information.
3. On the search trail.
4. Reunions with birth mothers.
5. Reunions with birth fathers.
6. Reunions with siblings.
7. The adoptive family and reunion.
8. Rejection and reunions that break down.
9. The search and reunion journey. Appendix: Information on search and reunion in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Further reading. Index.