Twice a Daughter quickly draws readers into an emotional journey as author, Julie Ryan McGue, searches for her birth parents in order to answer potentially life-saving questions about her medical history. Julie’s vulnerability in expressing the widely varying feelings and thoughts she experienced throughout her several years long search allows readers to gain a much deeper understanding of adoptees’ experiences and of the issues related to identity, policies on access to adoption records, and the myriad of emotions, loss, and joy related adoption and birth family search and reunion. Her writing style results in a page-turner of a book that kept me longing for answers alongside her and her sister. While she expresses ways in which both her adoptive and birth parents hurt her, she also shows compassion and understanding towards them. This beautiful, hopeful, and simultaneously heartbreaking book can hopefully change hearts and minds about issues related to openness in adoption and relationships between birth and adoptive families and adoptees.
The target audience is not necessarily specific to any group of people as it is a powerful memoir any reader could gain insight from. This book would be beneficial for adoptive parents, adult adoptees (or possibly young adults), and birth parents to…
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Margie Fink: Development Director
Margie received her degree in psychology and has worked in various social work capacities. Margie has been chosen in the past to speak on Capitol Hill about the Adoption Tax Credit. She is a witty foster/adoptive mom who is able to give kids from hard places loving structure while providing unbelievable homemade cooking. Margie co-founded Community Kids, a resource and networking 501(c)3 created to assist foster, adoptive, and relative caregiver families.
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**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.