With the tenderness of memoir and the reach of great nonfiction, Anne Moody examines the modern history of adoption from every angle. Moody draws on her own experiences to give us a book that is not just exhaustively researched, but personally lived. The result is deeply informative, yes, but also an intimate glimpse inside the adoption experience.
– CLAIRE DEDERER, AUTHOR OF POSER: MY LIFE IN TWENTY-THREE YOGA POSES
Anne Moody’s insightful book captures the dynamic world of adoption. From her vantage point as a social worker and an adoptive mom, she provides compelling behind-the-scenes anecdotes that span state, international and domestic adoption. It’s a great read for anyone exploring adoption.
– SHARI LEVINE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OPEN ADOPTION AND FAMILY SERVICES
I’ve read a lot of books on adoption and the foster care system, but none by an author with the breadth and depth of experience Anne has…she presents a very fair and well considered view of the matters at hand, and her persona on the page is inviting and winning…This book will make a significant contribution to the literature on adoption. What Anne has to say stands a good chance to make this world a better place.
– DAVID GUTERSON, AUTHOR OF SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
- ERIN, ADOPTIVE MOTHER
ANNE'S BOOK IS A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE DIPPING THEIR TOES INTO THE ADOPTION WATERS. IT IS AN INCREDIBLY CONFUSING WORLD RIFE WITH MISPERCEPTIONS. ANNE SHEDS LIGHT ON ALL THE POTENTIAL EXPERIENCES THAT RANGE FROM DEVASTATING SHOCK TO INCREDIBLE HAPPINESS.
Anne Moody has enjoyed a long career as a counselor, focused first on the U.S. foster care system, then on both domestic and international adoption. Anne is the Director of Adoption Connections, based on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and is also an adoptive parent. Both her professional and personal background inform her work as an adoption specialist who advises clients on all aspects of the adoption experience.
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YOUR STORY TOLD
Many books addressed to the counselors, social workers, teachers, attorneys and others concerned with child welfare and adoption issues are written in a dry, pseudo-academic style. Not this book. Professionals in this industry can breathe a sigh of relief – finally having “their” story told.
AN INDUSTRY EXPOSED
For socially or civically engaged individuals, regardless of whether they possess a personal connection to adoption…this book is for people who find the subject of foster care and adoption fascinating, and for people who are interested in righting the great wrongs in the industry.
– REBECCA WELLS, AUTHOR OF DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YAYA SISTERHOOD
"ANNE MOODY'S WRITING HELPS OPEN WIDE THE HEART. A PERFECTLY ARRANGED MIXTURE OF MEMOIR AND ANALYSIS, THE CHILDREN MONEY CAN BUY LOOKS BACK OVER THE AUTHOR'S LONG CAREER OF HELPING PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE SHIFTING AND CONFUSING LANDSCAPE FROM HER EXPERIENCE. HER STORIES ARE MOVING, INSTRUCTIVE, AND UNFORGETTABLE, TOLD IN A VOICE THAT FILLS THE READER WITH RESPECT AND TRUST."
THE CHILDREN MONEY CAN BUY
STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES OF FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION
The Children Money Can Buy covers decades of dramatic societal change in foster care and adoption, including the pendulum swings in attitudes toward open adoption and birth parents, the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian adoption, the proliferation of unregulated adoption facilitators in the U.S., ethical concerns related to international adoption, and the role money inevitably plays in the foster care and adoption systems. Special attention is given to the practice of “baby brokering” and the accompanying financial incentives encouraging birth mothers to relinquish their babies (or pretend that they are planning to relinquish) that permeate much of U.S. infant adoption today.