The Avid Reader is pleased to welcome author Jean Minton and her debut work of nonfiction, All The Sweeter, in-store on Friday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m.
More about All The Sweeter:
Minton’s story begins with her work as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Malawi. She witnessed many children lose their parents to AIDS in the early 2000s, and 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.
All the Sweeter tells the stories of families who have adopted one or more children from the US foster care system. Each of the twelve families interviewed has a dedicated chapter in which at least one representative tells their family’s adoption story. Woven through these stories are topical chapters that explore the common challenges these families face, including the complications that accompany transracial adoptions, helping children understand adoption, relationships with birth parents, and raising a traumatized child. Informative and diverse in scope, Minton’s book provides a resource to families considering adoption, families in the process of adoption, and families who have already adopted children from foster care.
More about Jean Minton:
Jean 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 with family and friends.