Single Adoptive Parents

Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories

By Lee Varon & Sherry Fine

Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories is based on a study of singles who have adopted children before 1996. It presents true-life experiences of single adoptive parents – both the joys and the challenges. The topics address frequent concerns of prospective single adoptive parents, including: making the decision to adopt, finding time for oneself, parenting on a single income, juggling career and parenting, specials needs of single adoptive families, and creating a solid support network for ourselves and our children. The final chapter is a collection of commentaries by (now) adults adopted by single parents. The book includes a history of single parent adoption in the U.S. as well as resources for single adoptive parents.


Sherry and Lee are experts in the area of single parent adoption. They have studied the issue intensely, listen to both adoptees and parents, and most importantly they have lived it. This an important book for all those impacted by single parent adoption.
–Betsy Burch, Founder and Former Director of S. P. A. C. E. (Single Parent Adoption of Children Everywhere)

Whether you are a single person who has adopted or is contemplating adoption, Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories is a wonderful resource. Single parents, in their own words, discuss their decision to adopt, and share the joys and the challenges of parenting.
–Jane Mattes, LCSW. Director, Single Mothers by Choice

Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories is compelling and insightful. It fills a niche and a need for the people whom the title describes (as well as anyone connected to them), to be sure, but I also recommend this important book to anyone who cares about family issues – or simply wants to better understand the changing world around them.
–Adam Pertman, Executive Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Lee Varon and Sherry Fine have been helping the world of adoption for years with their books and video tapes about the joys and challenges of single parenthood in adoption. Most of the two parent families that we see have enough challenges and require a repertoire of skills in order to parent children who have suffered loss, trauma and neglect, but for a single parent the need for multitasking and a strong support network is even more of a requirement. Sherry and Lee are part of that support network, and I rarely see a single parent adoptive family that I don’t recommend their books and tapes to! This newest book is a another major resource.
–Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, CEO and Founder, Center for Family Connections.