Kids, Teens Share Views on Adoption in New Book

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"Snowflakes, a Flurry of Adoption Stories by, for and about Children and Teens" reflects the experiences and feelings of young adoptees. All aspects of adoption are addressed, and poignant entries from young people range from fun, funny, and inspiring to sad and difficult. The reader sees the adoption experience from the point of view of youngsters as they transition from orphanage or foster home to new families. This recently released book is meaningful for adoptees and others connected to foster care and adoption.

"Snowflakes, a Flurry of Adoption Stories by, for and about Children and Teens," sheds light on all aspects of adoption, with many poignant stories contributed by young adoptees. Entries range from fun, funny, and inspiring to sad and difficult. The book’s release is timely; some stories reflect the challenges that youngsters face and the emotions they feel as they transition from orphanage or foster home to their new homes and families. This collection offers a new perspective in adoption literature, that of young adoptees.

One of the book’s student editors, Katie, tells about her life in Kazakhstan as a little girl, her mother’s death, and the time she spent in an orphanage before her adoption. Katie’s English teacher, Teresa Kelleher, compiled writings by young adoptees; at the same time, she helped Katie realize her dream of publishing her adoption story. The book made its debut just in time for National Adoption Month at the Midwest Adoption Conference near Chicago last November. Kelleher was a speaker at the conference on the topic of Adoption-Specific Language Issues.

"Snowflakes, a Flurry of Adoption Stories" allows prospective adoptive parents a peek into the world of adoptive families. “This collection is truly valuable and useful to a wide range of people. The last section about difficult times is very important so that families can understand that there may be bumps along the road. It is excellent reading for adoption staff and is very insightful for families and prospective adoptive parents,” says MaryLee Lane, founder of Hand in Hand Adoptions.

It also gives young adoptees the opportunity to read and reflect on what other children and teens have to say about adoption. It helps them realize they are not alone in their adoption experience.

Teresa Kelleher is known in the adoption community for her language series: "Adopting from Russia"; "Adopting from China ~ Mandarin"; and "Adopting from Latin America." She, her husband, and their three children – two biological daughters and one son adopted from Russia – are from Snowflake, Arizona. Kelleher donates 10% of profits from her books to orphanages all over the world and to causes in the U.S. that benefit children in need.

Please contact Teresa via email: tk(dot)pacifica(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone: 928.536.2013. She speaks regularly on the subject of adoption and is available for interviews. More information about her adoption-specific publications can be found on her web site: http://WorkNotes.com/AZ/AdoptingFromRussia/Kelleher. "Snowflakes, a Flurry of Adoption Stories by, for and about Children and Teens" is available on Amazon.com.

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