“Books about adopting children from foster care are few and far between. Ones that are as thoughtfully and skillfully written as All the Sweeter are rarer still. This is a true find for anyone thinking of providing a family for a child (or children) in care who truly needs one. My sincere thanks to the author for this important contribution.” -Adam Pertman, President of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, author of Adoption Nation and adoptive father
“Being part of a family that adopted 14 children and having worked at and led foster-to-adopt organizations for over six years, thereby witnessing hundreds of families make their way through the fost-adopt process, I can confidently recommend this book. Every family will find examples in the stories told by the All the Sweeter families that will provide guidance on how to navigate the inevitable and often unexpected situations that arise on the foster-to-adopt journey.” -Doni DeBolt, Director of Community Relations at Lilliput Families and former Executive Director of Adopt a Special Kid (AASK)
“As a pediatrician who works with many children in foster care, I know how helpful these stories will be to professionals who work with these families. We don’t often get to hear in such rich detail the “arc” of a child’s journey, especially from multiple perspectives. As an adoptive mother, I identified with many of the parents in this book and picked up some pearls of wisdom about how to manage challenging moments.” -Dr. Amy Whittle, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco & adoptive mother
Jean Minton witnessed many children lose their parents to AIDS in the early 2000s as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Malawi. This experience opened her eyes to the possibility of adopting. In San Francisco a decade later, she volunteered on the board of directors for Adopt A Special Kid (AASK), a foster-to-adopt agency. AASK’s mission captured her heart and cemented her desire to create her own forever family with the help of the foster-to-adopt process. As she considered starting a family, she sought resources to help understand the foster-to-adopt process. She didn’t find quite what she wanted―so decided to write it herself. Minton earned a Bachelor of Science at Duke University and her MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She lives in Sacramento, California, works in healthcare administration, and is a Board Member for Lilliput Children’s Services (a similar organization to AASK). She spends much of her time outdoors and with family and friends.
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