We of the Hispanic community consider children our greatest treasure. All of us take responsibility for making sure every child has a loving home. This has resulted in many informal adoptions: children living with tíos, madrinos, and their abuelos.
Sadly, sometimes those involved in these informal adoptions have problems. It may be unclear what the responsibilities of foster parents and birth parents are. Sometimes medical procedures or travel require government documents. In these cases, legal adoption is the way we can provide good caring homes for the many children seeking forever families.
How can we support adoption? ¡Viva la adopción!was developed with the guidance of adoptive parents, religious leaders, social workers, and concerned citizens. Carolyn Flanders McPherson (Carolyn McPherson) distilled their best advice, and Maria Ruggiero donated the exquisite ornamentation.
In the years since this book first appeared, phone numbers and addresses may have changed, but the suggestions offered here are timeless.
¡Viva la adopción! A Guide to Adoption for Hispanic Christians and Their Congregations © 1993 by Carolyn Flanders McPherson and Maria Ruggiero
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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.