We African Americans are devoted to our children and we excel at finding homes for every precious child.

Sadly, sometimes these informal adoptions have difficulties. 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 guardianship and adoption are ways we can provide good caring homes for the many children looking for forever families.

Jumoke! was developed with the guidance of over 30 people: social workers, adoption specialists, foster and adoptive parents, and adoptees. This small book is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of adoption, but offers “Steps of Kindness,” “Ceremonies for Celebrating Adoption,” and “Resources.”

How can we support these adopting families? Carolyn Flanders McPherson (Carolyn McPherson) has distilled the best advice of over 30 wise people, and Testimonie Tate and Jametta Boyce Lilly have provided original poetry and photography.

            In the years since this book first appeared, phone numbers and addresses may have changed, but the suggestions offered here are timeless.


Jumoke! Everyone Loves the Child: A Guide to Adoption Support for African American Christians © 1994 by Carolyn Flanders McPherson

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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.