At first, I felt reluctant to read Dispositions because so much of it I already see at work. Lane’s book takes you on an in-depth emotional rollercoaster ride: just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, things change. And that’s how it is, unfortunately, in the reality of adopting from the foster system. In many ways, the process is random, case-by-case, and everyone is fragile. Reading the book, I was reminded that the system often forgets about the adoptive parents. (. . .)

Brenda Craig, Social Worker for Family and Children Services, Human Services Agency, City and County of San Francisco

I found Lane’s book incredibly intense, sad, and joyful, all at the same time. . .  No matter how difficult the process was, Lane and his partner never gave up on the girls they were raising. They were very brave. At any given moment, their children could have been removed from their care, yet they went on with their life – the day-to-day routines and the family trips and the adventures – as a family. (. . .)

Betsy Jennings, MA, Early Childhood Service Coordinator, Harbor Regional Center (a State of California contracting agency)

Dispositions is a must-read for any prospective fost-adopt caregiver. From the court and visitation detail to the relationship pressures and daily life issues – it’s all riveting. The fost-adopt process is very often one mired in mystery. Unless a new caregiver has guidance or prior experience with the child welfare system, it can look incredibly complex, cumbersome, and even biased (. . .)

Jenny Serrano, MPA, Children’s Services Administrator, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services