Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-5381-0802-4 • Hardback • January 2018 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
978-1-5381-7423-4 • Paperback • September 2022 • $24.00 • (£17.99)
978-1-5381-0803-1 • eBook • January 2018 • $22.50 • (£16.99)
Anne Moody has enjoyed a long career in child welfare work and adoption counseling. Since the early 1980s, she has worked to improve upon the infant adoption process for both birth and adoptive parents. Anne is the Director of Adoption Connections in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and is also an adoptive parent.
Part One: Foster Care
1. Why Do I Want This Job?
2. Service Plans
3. Who Are These Parents and Children?
4. Foster Home Highs and Lows
5. The Cycle of Dysfunction
6. Boy Troubles
7. Termination of Parental Rights
8. Making My Escape
Part Two: Agency Adoption
9. The Home Study Process
10. Adoption Is the Good Thing That Happens
11. Adoption Disruptions
12. “Doing Good” Isn’t Always Good
13. The Need for Open Adoption
14. Finding Just The Right Home
Part Three: Adoptive Parenthood and Sisterhood
15. Children Are Exactly Who They Are Meant To Be
16. How to Talk About Adoption
17. A Homeland Tour: Honoring Your Child’s Heritage
18. A Sister’s Journey of the Heart
19. Awkward (and Worse) Encounters for Adoptive Families
20. Jocelyn’s Birth Mother
Part Four: Adoption Connections
21. Our Own Adoption Agency
22. Birth Parent Counseling Etiquette
23. Two Open Adoptions
24. Choosing an Adoptive Family
25. Money Matters
27. Can Foster Care and Adoption Work Together?
Part Five: Changes
28. A Battle for Gay Adoption
29. Baby Brokers
30. The Ethics of International Adoption
31. The Ethics of Foster Care
As a young 20-something with a master’s degree in social work, Moody took a job as a child-welfare caseworker that introduced her to the world of adoptions and foster care, beginning a lifelong commitment that is chronicled in this compassionate work. Moody touches on the adoption sector’s ugly side, such as ‘baby buying’ and profit-driven adoption facilitators. She takes care to counterbalance these negatives, however, by also detailing the positive changes that have occurred in the field over the course of her career. These include the increasing acceptance of ‘open adoptions,’ in which birth parents are allowed to play some role in their children’s lives, and of same-sex couples as adopters. Throughout, Moody shares the personal experiences of many children and parents (whose identities are protected), some happy, some sad. The author also recalls her commitment at 13 to eventually become an adoptive parent, a dream she made real 23 years later. Moody's experiences certainly inform her practical approach, which touches on subjects including how to talk about adoption with children and how adoptive families can present themselves to the outside world. For any family that has faced the difficult issues of adoption or fostering from any perspective, Moody's book will be a valuable tool.
— Publishers Weekly
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
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 of foster care and adoption, and helps the reader draw valuable lessons from her experience. Her stories are moving, instructive, and unforgettable, told in a voice that fills the reader with respect and trust.
— Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood
With the tenderness of memoir and the reach of great nonfiction, Anne Moody’s The Children Money Can Buy 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
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 fair and well-considered view of the matters at hand, and her persona on the page is inviting and winning. Anne’s work sheds new light on an important topic we rarely hear about. What Anne has to say stands a good chance to make this world a better place.
— David Guterson, Author of Snow Falling on Cedars and The Final Case