23: Voices of Adopted Youth is a powerful glimpse of adopted youth's thoughts on how adoption has impacted their lives. Through their own voices, twenty-three youths share heartfelt and profound stories about relationships with parents and birth parents and how ultimately, these affect their sense of identity, self-image, relationships with siblings and friends, and expectations of self and others. They acknowledge the uniqueness of adoption and emphasize the importance of knowing who they are born to and their right to explore that option. Despite experiences of confusion, anger, frustration, and sadness, these youth were all grateful to have been adopted into their families. Each youth voice authentically displays raw wisdom, insight, and passion and provides the reader with an enhanced understanding of the adoptee experience, parenting an adopted child, and parenting in general.
"Important powerful insights for all parents to know the organic needs of any children: honesty, trust, and security - basically the unconditional love to flourish in their mental and physical development"- Gary Ratson MD, author The Meaning of Health and The Painful Truth.
"I love this book!!! As a long time adoption practitioner, I appreciate how candid and honest the youth are, particularly regarding their relationships with their birth and adoptive parents. This is a must-read for adoptive parents so I will be giving a copy to all of my clients" - Helen Dawkes-Brown, RSW, Adoption Social Worker
"I really loved this book! Listening to the voices of adoptees who are young adults was so powerful and meaningful to me as an adoptive parent to a pre-schooler. The lessons these adoptees share are diverse and sometimes even contradict themselves and each other- but that's exactly the kind of complexity that adoption brings. There is no list of simple rules for parenting adopted children because each child is so unique (as their families and histories are too). This book captures that point beautifully. These young adults are an absolute pleasure to learn from. Lori Rosove did a great job of capturing their hearts, pain, fears, and vulnerability" - Patti K.