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Butterflies in the Wind: The Truth About Latin American Adoption

Biography of a Family With White and Hispanic Children

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Book Classifications:Literature, Inspiration and Relationships, Social Science, Parenting and Family, Children, Self-improvement, Romance, Religion, Science and Nature, History and Biography, Entertainment, Reference, Travel

Compiled from eighteen years of notes, and written with humor, the book provides guidance, examples, and helpful ideas for promoting both cultures.

Raising Hispanic children to adulthood in a white family is not found in textbooks. Cross-cultural, transracial and adoption issues surface at different times in adoptive families. The adjustment of an older institutionalized child is a moving story on its own. A reality check on what it is like raising children of a different culture and race, the book exposes the frightening conditions facing today’s kids in public schools. Jean and her husband are faced with challenge after challenge, especially during the teen-age years. Their patience, determination, and unconditional love for their kids are heartfelt.
 - Jo-Anne Weaver

We adopted our lovely and vivacious daughter thirty years ago and I sometimes find it hard to explain to her our journey and our mission to adopt her. But Jean Nelson Erichsen has helped me by writing this book. She has a special knack for putting into words, the many feelings, thoughts and struggles of parents and children. Her love and compassion for children shows through in many delightful anecdotes (I found my self laughing out loud while reading the section on 'teen' challenges). I appreciate her no-nonsense, unwavering approach to child rearing. The challenges of raising kids were tough. But discussing the challenges never seems to take away from the main message of the book, that children are treasures to be protected, nourished and cherished in a family.
                             - Patricia, adoptive parent and registered nurse

Soft cover, 355 pages, photos
ISBN 0-595-32393-6

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