Adoption through the eyes of a child: ‘Maybe because’ book launched for National Adoption Awareness Week
A book explaining the meaning of adoption told from a child’s perspective has been published in time for National Adoption Awareness Week.
Maybe because, written by Aimee Garcia-Tice and illustrated by Serena Geddes tells the story of a little boy explaining to his friend why he was adopted.
Aimee wrote the book based on her experience of explaining to her two young boys why they were adopted.
‘I am hoping the book can help all families start a discussion about adoption,’ commented Aimee.
‘After reading the book, people should be able to understand that being adopted doesn’t define who you are – it is a part of you but so are all the other wonderful things that make you unique.
‘All children adopted or not will enjoy reading the book and talking about what makes them special.’
In Australia Maybe because is being sold exclusively through Berkelouw Bookstore (706-708 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay) and between 11am and 12 noon on 6th November 2010 Aimee and Serena will be signing copies at the store.
Maybe because is published by Bacon and Eggs Media and is available from Berkelouw Books and Amazon. RRP in Australia $14.95
Albert Garlando, adoptee and adoptive father, a Christian Minister in Grace Chinese Christian Church, Kogarah commented ‘There is a huge gap in positive adoption stories here in Australia.
‘Aimee has given us a great resource to encourage and continue the adoption conversation as well as providing our families with one of the most fundamental and important resources in life – the knowledge that you are not alone.’
The book has been recommended by the organising committee of the National Adoption Awareness Week.
‘Every child deserves a family,’ commented Paul Harapin, Chairman of NAAW, ‘and we try to encourage empathy and understanding by the community on how diverse and different those families can be.
‘All children should feel loved and accepted, no matter the constitution of their family and this book highlights tolerance while creating an opportunity to discuss the topic.
‘It is disappointing that Australia has one of the lowest adoption rates in the world while there are about 15 million orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.
‘But for those children that are fortunate enough to have been adopted and to live in Australia we hope this book helps them and others understand how special they are.’
About the author
Aimee Garcia-Tice is an educator and author who is married with two adoptive sons ages six and three. The author and her family live in Sydney, Australia.
Bacon and Eggs Media
Bacon and Eggs Media is a boutique press devoted to producing exceptional works for children.
National Adoption Awareness Week
National Adoption Awareness Week runs from the 8-14th November and a number of national and community activities will take place to raise funds and awareness.
‘It is hoped that at a minimum, people will stop and be grateful for the families they have and consider those orphans that are not as fortunate,’ commented Mr Harapin.
Further information about activities that people can support or get involved in can be found on the NAAW website – www.adoptionawarenessweek.com.au.
For further information: Fiona Tigar
Tel: 0421 610624