Book Review: The ABA Consumer Guide to Adopting a Child by Robert & Jeffrey Kasky

Release Date: May 7, 2016
Publisher: American Bar Association
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224 pages
Genre: Adoption
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Adopting a child is an extraordinarily important decision. In this authoritative guide, adoption experts Robert and Jeffrey Kasky provide all the information needed to navigate the adoption process and to successfully adopt a child. The book discusses the various types of adoptions; alerts readers to adoption scams; and guides readers in selecting a reputable attorney or adoption agency. Highlights include:
  • The rights of the birth mother, birth father, and the issues involved in an open versus a closed adoption.
  • The costs associated with adoption
  • Stories of actual adoptions that exemplify key points 


Aside from the hideous title this is actually a very informative book.  There were a few things that I found incorrect in the book regarding private adoptions in all states when not all states allow private adoptions (like Delaware). However there is a disclaimer at the beginning about the authors basing the book on Florida law.  But other than a few things I thought this book was really useful in regard to describing the process of adoption.

The stories throughout the book of real situations were really good and found them to be very true to what I have experienced while working in the adoption field for so long. I also really appreciated that the authors really seemed to endorse prospective adoptive parents to keep their word and not promise something to a pregnant woman that they have no intention on following through with just to obtain a child.  

However I did have a hard time with the fact that the ABA is endorsing this book that has a grotesque title that almost seems to be promoting the image of baby selling. I also found that while the authors kept saying they didn't want you to contact them for help it was almost another way of plugging their business.  Overall though this book has a lot of good information despite its flaws.