Adoption Books: Search and Reunion

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Books guiding us through search and reunion range from those that tackle the entire process to those devoted to one narrow area. The best books will be based on solid principles that can be adapted to changing laws and methods. Here are several that are up to the challenge.

1) Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion
In presenting her own search and reunion story, the author looks at search strategies that take into account inconsistent and ill-conceived laws, as well as the varied emotions of reunion. Author: Jean A. Strauss.

2) The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide
The authors - a reunited birthmother and adoptive mother of three, and a reunited adoptee - have combined their considerable experience as educators and speakers to produce this step-by-step guide. Authors: Julie Jarrell Bailey and Lynn N. Giddens, M.A.

3) A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots
Katy Robinson’s book about her personal search for her Korean birth family includes quite a bit of information about in-country resources, in addition to the fabulous account of her own journey.

4) Adoption Searches Made Easier
Joseph Culligan, a licensed private investigator, provides a wealth of traditional search techniques and tips based on his own successes in finding people.

5) Naked in Cyberspace: How To Find Personal Information Online
A great guide to finding people using the Internet. This isn’t adoption-specific. It isn’t a spy book, and you don’t have to be a Web expert to use it. The Table of Contents includes just about every type of search possible and the text shows you how to do it. Author: Carole Lane.

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