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Only children have their own peculiar sets of benefits and problems. Growing up an only, adopted child, back in the mid-twentieth century when there were fewer adoptions and less information about how adoptions are best handled, presented an additional layer of challenges. Compared with today, in the 1940s, few working-class families adopted the babies of strangers. In addition, adopting agencies and physicians lacked the psychological and language tools needed to help guide adoptees and adopters when they encountered difficulties or resistance especially from other family members. As Carole’s memoir unfolds, she wonders who she really is, hungers for a sense of belonging, seeks her biological roots across decades, and explores the meaning and importance of family in her life. Her story speaks to every person who has ever felt, even for a moment, like an outcast among the people they love the most.
Carole Faye Kirchner Stice is a retired university teacher and author. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and instructional materials. Her fiction has appeared in Highlights for Children, Lady Bug and such literary journals as Kestrel. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.