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Growing up in Adoption Stories from an Indian Perspective

Author Name: Roxana Kalyanvala | Format: Paperback | Genre : Families & Relationships | Other Details

What does it take to keep a family together; a family completed through adoption? Love, patience, compassion, understanding—a little of everything maybe.

The book elucidates real-life adoption experiences through the voices of adoptive families and adult adoptees as they share their moments of joy, sadness, challenges, pain, fulfilment and much more.

It touches upon grief and loss and the stark realities of adoption. Adoptive parents share their experiences of how they let their adopted children know that they were adopted and how they handled “root search” which are crucial issues when it comes to understanding adoption. Also included are candid accounts from adult adoptees on ‘Growing up in Adoption’.

By providing glimpses of the world of adoption, the author aims to aid prospective and current adopting individuals to understand the thought process of adoptive children and be better prepared as parents. Are you looking to adopt? Don’t forget to take a look at the questionnaire to test your readiness for adoption. #adoptionmakesafamily

“This book is a welcome contribution to the small body of literature on adoption in India.” 

–       Dr. Shalini Bharat, Director and Vice-Chancellor of Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

“This book has a mission not just to educate but it will be a support through your pilgrimage as a parent.”

–       Dr. Aloma Lobo, Adoptive Parent and former Chairperson of the Central Adoption Resource Authority and the Adoption Coordinating Agency, Karnataka.

Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra works towards making a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families since 1979.

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Roxana Kalyanvala

Roxana Kalyanvala is a social worker and counsellor. She joined Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK is a charitable trust working holistically with babies, young children and their families for over four decades) in 1983 as a social worker upon completing her Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Having worked in the field of adoption for over 36 years, she has administered and counselled persons coming forward for adoption and interacted with several adoptees. In 2000, she took over as the executive director of BSSK and oversaw the adoption programme among other responsibilities at the NGO.

Roxana served as a committee member of the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and has also lent her expertise in preparing training modules on adoption-related aspects. She has written several papers and has been invited at various national and international forums to present papers pertaining to child care and adoption.

Along with her team members, Roxana has conducted research studies on domestic and international adoptions. Her writings on adoption have appeared in various journals. She believes that it is a beautiful thing when one's career and passion come together.

Roxana retired from BSSK in 2019 and lives with her family in Pune. She can be contacted at roxana.kalyanvala@gmail.com.

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