- Attitudes to Adoption
A series of books with articles by individuals from different groups, talking about their experiences before, during, and after the adoption process.
These books represent differing views and opinions from people here in the UK and abroad. Each has unique adoption stories to share. They will be recommended to potential adopters and their extended families and aim to help people who are starting the adoption journey.
The aim is to recognise that it’s okay to have different thoughts around adoption, both positive and negative. It is also okay for thoughts to change over different points of the process.
This series is honest, relevant, sometimes blunt, and invaluable to those who are part of an adoption journey.
1 - Birth Family
Without them there would be no adoption. Having a child removed or making the decision to place your child for adoption can be a traumatic experience, and stems from many causes. Each birth family member has their own story to tell. Do we, as adopters, always understand what goes on ‘behind the scenes’?
2 - Mums
We're all supposed to love our kids unconditionally, right? Wrong. Adopting mums talk about their own personal experiences. You may be surprised to find out you're not alone in how you feel/have felt at times. These mums talk about trauma, attachment, and many other adoption-related issues. Like how they have survived schools, non-adoptive friends, and the need for copious amounts of chocolate and alcohol.
3 - Dads
It's a hard job. Men are so often categorised as not being in touch with their own emotions and feelings. Well, here's a group of dads that do talk about the subject. Some of these men have returned to work, while some have become the stay-at-home dads.
4 - Grandparents
Grandparents can be an essential part of the adoption journey. Their help and support, both emotional and physical, is invaluable to both their own children and the new grandchild. This book will help grandparents to realise that they are not alone, and that many of their worries and fears are perfectly natural.
5 - Professionals
Often typecast as 'The Bad Guys' in the adoption story. The many professionals in the adoption journey are human beings with feelings and emotions too. Here you get the opportunity to hear their stories.
6 - Foster Carers
Some of the most important and influential people during the adoption journey. Where would we be without them?
The job that so many of us say “I couldn’t do what you do.” How do they manage their feelings and emotions? How do they prepare children for adoption? What about long term foster carers, single foster carers and those that foster many children with special needs? How do birth children feel about their parents fostering? Now you can hear directly from Foster Carers and their children about their experiences, both the positives and the negatives.
7 - Adoptees
The journey has always been about them. How has the trauma affected them, and how are they managing now? Here we read their stories; the truth of what some adoptees really feel about being adopted.
Do you have a story to tell?
The author is looking for contributions - named or anonymous - and if you'd like to share yours, please contact Elizabeth Archer via us here at Wordcatcher Publishing - please read below before getting in touch.
Conditions for entry into the series - your submission assumes that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms.
1. This is a collection of real accounts of people's experiences, you should supply only your experiences, not a work of fiction.
2. You give the Author and Publisher the non-exclusive right to publish your story in print and electronic formats worldwide.
3. Your story may be edited and/or proofread to remove potentially defamatory remarks, for readability, and to correct errors, without referring back to you. Edits will always be performed sensitively.
4. Your story may be published anonymously, however we must hold genuine contact details for every author, otherwise we cannot legally publish. Please state from the outset whether you wish to remain anonymous, and you can choose a pen name and fictitious location, or we will choose these at random.
5. No royalties are due to contributors.