ADOPTION FOR SINGLES Second Edition is the first of a series of Singleandsatisfied.com books. It was written to walk single men and women through the process of adoption, whether domestic - private adoption of newborns, or children in foster care - or international. Single adults are w permitted to adopt in all 50 states, and with 129,000 waiting children in the foster care system, and an estimated 5 million orphans in Ethiopia alone, single parents couldn't be more needed. Read about: * Are you emotionally ready? What does it take to be a parent? * How much does it cost? (Hint: it can be as low as $0!) * What age child is best for you? What is available? Can you get a baby? (Read about two men who got a 14 month old son and newborn twins.) How about older children? Teenagers? * Where do you start? How long does the process take? Will anyone help you? How about after the adoption? * What do you need to do to prepare your life and home for a child? * Q&As with single adoptive parents, an adoption social worker; the founder of an adoption clinic, and the Executive Director of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. * A 100+ page Appendix of all of the countries tracked by the U.S. Department of State and their policies on adopting to American singles. * Web links to dozens of resources, including an agency directory prescreened for a willingness to work with singles, and forms to help with the process.
VICTORIA SOLSBERRY is a single woman, a psychiatric social worker, a public speaker and a personal and small business coach. She spends a great deal of her professional time helping high-functioning single adults make their lives exquisite and fulfilling. When presented with the choice of adopting a child or helping hundreds of other singles adopt, she, for the time being, chose to go for numbers! She lives across the river from Washington, D.C. in Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys the beauty of the nation's capital, fabulous friends, and a loving family. Victoria received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Social Work Degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and trained as a personal and business coach at MentorCoach in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to her private practice in counseling and coaching, Victoria has consulted with businesses and done critical incident debriefings after workplace traumas such as the State Department after the Lockerbee explosion and the Department of Defense after 9-11.