This is a seemingly informative but finally skewed primer on adoption. The author is a lawyer who happens to own three private adoption agencies. The problem is that you have to know something about adoption to evaluate the book's shortcomings, and most of the people who will likely buy it do so to learn. Their lack of information and years spent battling fertility problems make them a particularly vulnerable audience.
Sullivan is an advocate for the adoptive parents, and in a can-do manner, he examines the myriad ways, beyond the biological, in which people can bring a child into their lives. He is frank about all the work adoptive parents have to do--from the emotional acceptance of their inability to conceive to the nuts and bolts of finding a child. He acknowledges that there are wrong reasons for adoption, and challenges would-be parents to walk away if their motives are less than pure.
Would that human behavior were as straightforward as the author's descriptions of it. But this book does not dwell on the ramifications, social or emotional, of adoption; Sullivan is interested in finding solutions. Only a reader who has had, or knows of, a bad experience will spy the subtle sadness between the lines, the economic realities that have turned much adoption into a best-that-money-can-buy proposition.