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Adopting: The Real Story by Ann Morris

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends Ann Morris’ “Adopting – The Real Story” as a fascinating 5 star read for anyone with an interest in adoption.

Ann Morris has updated her earlier book The Adoption Experience which was published in 1999.  I found this an emotional and highly insightful book which shares a wide range of voices and experiences, good and bad, but anyone considering adoption would find this a very useful tool.

Adoption touches so many people on a daily basis, be it as birth parent, adoptee or adopter.  Processes may have changed over the years but human feelings are still as raw and scary as ever – on all fronts.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book ahead of publication.


“Who makes adoption a success? We do: the kids and parents in the new family as we change shape to accommodate each other.”

With more than 70 real life stories, revealing moments of vulnerability and moments of joy, this book provides an authentic insight into adoption.

These stories take the reader on a journey through every stage of the adoption process, from making the initial decision to adopt to hearing from adoptees, and offer an informative and emotive account of the reality of families’ experiences along the way. It includes chapters on adopting children of all ages as well as sibling groups; adopting as a single parent; adopting as a same sex couple; adopting emotionally and physically abused children; the nightmare of adoption breaking down; contact with birth parents; tracing and social media and more.

Adopting: Real Life Stories will be an informative and refreshing read for adopters, potential adopters, professionals and all those whose lives have in some way been touched by adoption or want to know more about it.

AUTHOR Ann Morris
BOOK TITLE Adopting: Real Life Stories
PUBLISHER Jessica Kingsley Publishers
PRINT LENGTH 288 pages
ISBN 9781849056601






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