The Adoption Triad Asks:
Who am I really?
by Alice B. Davenport, M.S,
Porch Light Press, 2009
Las Cruces, NM
Reviewed by Barbara Free,
little book, self-published, is by a therapist in Las Cruces, NM, who attended
our recent conference. Although not an adoption triad member herself, Ms.
Davenport seems to have good insight into the various issues.
This is a good first book on adoption issues,
particularly for adoptive parents whose sons or daughters are searching or
considering searching for birth family. It would also be a helpful introduction
for therapists who have no training in long-term adoption issues (which most
therapists do not, unless theyve attended adoption conference such
as O.I.s or AAC conferences).
The author relates her own lack of training
or understanding, and her subsequent learning, so that she could competently
help others. She discusses the various issues birth parents, adoptees, and
adoptive parents might have, the experiences of newborns, and the need for
persons to know their full identity.
The book also has a good, if short, bibliography,
which would provide more reading that could prove valuable. One book not
mentioned that has been very helpful to many is The Other Mother,
by Carol Schaefer.
Copies of the book, or more information, can
be obtained by contacting the author at: Porch Light Press, 1300-G El Paseo
Rd. #126, Las Cruces, NM 88001, or e-mail at
She also welcomes thoughts and comments on
this or her other short books. Ms. Davenport is a welcome addition to our
New Mexico adoption scene and a good resource in Las Cruces.
Excerpted from the July 2011
edition of the Operation Identitiy Newsletter
© 2011 Operation Identity