Our Son from Afar
The Long Road to Adoption
By Alex Bemrose
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
218 pages, Illustrated
This is the moving story of an unusual family of three. A family that started out as a childless couple in England and, thousands of miles across the ocean, a baby whose Guatemalan birth mother was unable to provide for him. It is the story of meeting insurmountable obstacles – both to having a baby of their own and to adopting domestically – where Dominic and Alex embark on a frustrating, lengthy, emotional but ultimately victorious journey on the road to intercountry adoption. After considering a number of other countries with abandoned and relinquished children, they narrow their search to Guatemala in Central America.
For convenience, they think of their future adoptive son as ‘José’, until such time as they learn the name of the little one to be handed over to them. Then one day a baby born to a young mother is indeed referred to them for adoption . . . and his name is José! Was a child ever more longed for, fought for, or waited for with such huge anticipation? Alex Bemrose’s candid account of the highs and lows — more lows than highs, she confesses — in her and Dominic’s ultimately triumphant quest to bring little José home to England will leave you without much doubt!
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