Let’s Celebrate Adoption

“We are adopting a child, and our family is unwilling to help. We need adoption support. Where can we go? Who will help us?”

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            Twenty years ago, the State of Michigan tackled this problem, and from this concern arose four books. Let’s Celebrate Adoption, written expressly with Jewish families in mind, appeared first and speaks to those who need help or want to offer it.

            Let’s Celebrate Adoption: A Guide for the Jewish Community, was written with the guidance of rabbis, therapists, adoptive parents, and grown adopted children. This small book is not intended to be an exhaustive volume examination of adoption, but offers “18 Steps of Kindness,” as well as “Ceremonies for Celebrating Adoption,” and “18 Resources.”

            The text is by Carolyn Flanders McPherson (Carolyn McPherson); Hillel (James E.) Rosenfeld, PhD, provided the illustrations. Other books in this series are Jumoke (for African Americans), Our Native American Child, and Viva la adopción! (in English and Spanish).

            In the years since this book first appeared, phone numbers and addresses may have changed, but the suggestions offered here are timeless.


Let’s Celebrate Adoption! A Guide for the Jewish Community © 1993 by Carolyn Flanders McPherson and Hillel (James E.) Rosenfeld

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Let’s Celebrate Adoption!

The views expressed in these books are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Michigan Department of Mental Health.

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These guidebooks were written for the Michigan Post Adoption Services System.  They were funded in part by: Adoption Opportunities Grant #90-CO-0553 awarded to the Michigan Department of Mental Health by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families; by the Michigan Department of Mental Health; and originally printed with a grant from an anonymous benefactor.