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We're All Not the Same, But We're Still Family: An Adoption and Birth Family Story by Theresa Fraser and Eric E W Fraser
Written for adoptive families to explore the benefits of adoption openness.
"This short story about a boy who was adopted is heart warming. With the help of his adoptive parents he was able to connect with his birth family. There is a section at the end that gives advice on how to go about doing this for parents. It is extremely informative and in my opinion helpful. I would like to note here that the book was written by the boy with the help of his Mom!" reviews Miki's Hope
"This book provides a sweet story of Deshaun, a young boy with a desire to meet his birth father. Because of the openness of all involved, he finds answers and comfort, and senses the true meaning of ‘family.’ The story is short, but the meaning and sentiments stay with you long after you finish reading." reviews Cover Lover Book Review
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This story was written for adoptive families to explore the benefits of adoption openness. The main character, Deshaun, loves his family but always wondered about his biological family. Does he look like them? Did they love him? With the support of his adoptive parents, Deshaun gets to meet his biological family. They develop an ongoing relationship, so Deshaun feels more stable in his adoptive family, but also develops a comfortable relationship with his birth family. Deshaun and his family are reminded (as we all are) that family can include biological, adopted, foster and kin members.
After reading this book, a child and their family will be able to:
- Discuss feelings about adoption
- Imagine what openness might mean for them
- Acknowledge similarities and differences among family members
- Discuss if an expanded sense of family is possible for their circumstances
From Loving Healing Press