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?”

            Over twenty years ago, the State of Michigan recognized this problem, and from this concern arose four books. Let’s Celebrate Adoption, written expressly for Jewish families, appeared first and speaks to those who need adoption support or want to offer it.

            Let’s Celebrate Adoption: A Guide for the Jewish Community,was developed with the guidance of over 30 people: rabbis, therapists, adoptive parents, and grown adopted children. but offers “18 Steps of Kindness,” as well as “Ceremonies for Celebrating Adoption,” and “18 Resources.”

            Carolyn Flanders McPherson (Carolyn McPherson) wrote the text; Hillel (James E.) Rosenfeld, PhD, provided the charming illustrations.

            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.