Canadian Council of Natural Mothers' Library
Adoption Healing...A Path to Recovery
Joe Soll is an adoptee and a therapist who has worked extensively with adopted individuals and others involved in adoption. This book summarizes what he has learned about the effects of adoption on those who are adopted, their first families and their adoptive families.
The book draws from many sources in examining the effects of adoption, including both published works and Joe's personal experiences. It is a hard book to read, because he speaks plainly about the harmful consequences done to a child when that child is separated from his or her mother and given to another family to raise. He explains the trauma of separation from the mother for the pre-verbal infant, the trauma of discovering or realizing that one is adopted and the fracturing that often occurs for children in dealing with these first two traumas.
The focus of the book is not on the difficulties faced by adopted individuals but on how to heal these children and adults and ultimately, this makes it a hopeful book. Each chapter includes
This structure allows one to quickly find the parts that are relevant, or to spiral through the topics for more thorough understanding.
If one is new to the issues in adoption, this is a good compendium of information to come up to date. If one has already read a lot in the area, this is an excellent resource because it combines many other more fragmentary sources of information in one book.
Reviewer: Sandra Falconer Pace
(2000) Baltimore, MD:
© The Canadian Council of Natural Mothers