As would-be parents cycle through the adoption process, they balance anxiety and fear with the life-altering decision of adoption. The emotional toll of this dance can be completely overwhelming and can confuse parents while navigating the decisions of how to expand their families. Utilizing extensive research and the author's own experience, Labor of the Heart does not gloss over the realties of the adoption process, but rather leads parents through the many stages and emotional impacts the process involves.
Kathleen Whitten, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and widely published journalist. She works in psychiatric medicine at the University of Virginia where her clients are primarily foster and adoptive families. She and her husband were one of the first two American couples to adopt a child from Vinh Long, Vietnam, in 1997. She lives in Virginia.