Russian Adoption Handbook: How to
Adopt a Child from Russia, Ukraine and
Kazakhstan by John
Adopting a child can be
one of life's most rewarding experiences.
Unfortunately, complex policies, legal
risks, and fewer available children make
adopting domestically difficult.
International adoption offers a solution
to parents yearning for a child of their
American parents are now adopting over
5000 children a year from Russia and
Eastern Europe. John Maclean's The
Russian Adoption Handbook is a
comprehensive guide to adopting a child
From the pitfalls to the practical,
the rewards to the risks, The Russian
Adoption Handbook leads parents
through the maze of:
How the international adoption
How to start the process.
What you need to know before
traveling to Russia and Eastern
Making the most out of your trip-
the inside scoop on customs,
hotels, and food.
The children's homes, the courts,
and the questions that need to be
Medical issues, special adoption
doctors, and travel requirements.
Post adoption procedures, and
much, much more.
Practical, accurate, and written with
a father's sense of humor, The Russian
Adoption Handbook is the most
comprehensive and up-to-date guide to
Best Russian Adoption
Book EVER!, September 30, 2003
We just returned with our little girl
Emma Larisa from Moscow. This book was
our bible! Everything from what to pack,
what to ask our Dr's about. Everything
was in this book. I even tried to locate
the author to thank him for his book. We
were so prepared for the things that the
agency may not have told us. We brought
it on both trips, and read and reread it
many many times.
Thank you John Maclean for assisting us
in bringing our beautiful daughter home!
An incredible amount of
information, September 26, 2003
Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald from
Thumbs up for any researcher who can
put together a huge book like this and
successfully guide the prospective
adoptive parents through the thickets of
adoption in Russia and former republics.
The enormous amount of information is
broken down into manageable and user
friendly sections. We need books like
this to help us through the expensive,
bureaucratic adoption procedures and to
help guard us against the present bleak
portrait of Russia where many orphaned
children are neglected and profit-driven
adoption agencies in both countries do
not always reveal the children's physical
and mental impairments.
Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of
ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed
All You Ever Wanted to
Know about Adopting in Russia (and mo,
August 22, 2003
clnairgal from Grayslake,
This is an excellent book for those
planning or thinking of adopting a child
from Russia. It might actually have TOO
much information on the paperwork
involved in international adoption but
those sections can be skimmed through and
looked at when needed.
My husband and I learned a lot about what
to expect from the people in this country
by reading this book. It was easy to
follow (except the required paperwork
It is our Bible until we get our son from
Russia in a few months!
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