There is still so much education to be done. First serial to Ladies' Home Journal. It was tough to remain objective as I read the remainder of the book, which is very well written and quite interesting. And, it wasn't all that long ago. In the Broken Cord, Dorris shares some of his experiences—with self-deprecating humor as well as love, frustration, and heartbreak. Statistically, some of us would escape this night with our child and our lives intact, but not all. End your research paper worries in less than 5 Minutes! But this is also the story of a father and son, and most poignant, for this reader, is the relationship between them that is a thread throughout the book.
Look him up and you'll see what I mean. Michael Dorris raises many issues within his book The Broken Cord. In 1971, Michael Dorris became one of the first unmarried men in the United States to legally adopt a very young child, and affectionate Sioux Indian he named Adam. Some of the historical context was quite telling too -- at one point the American Medical Association encouraged pregnant women to drink. Miller David Norwell, an anthropology professor, wants to adopt a child even though he is single. Sight unseen, anthropologist David Moore adopts a Native American child named Adam. Meanwhile, he adopted another Indian boy, and then a girl, both normal children.
There is also discussion of support--of failing funding for preventative measures, of ideas bandied about in modeling good drinking behavior for the young as in, not binge drinking, drinking to blindness, but instead, social responsibility and treatment centers. It was so painful to learn about. There is still so much education to be done. Since I plan to have my own children within the next 7-10 years Dorris's accounts related to raising children and Adam's struggles growing up shed some new light on being a parent for me. The author adopted Adam when he was single.
If this is a living hell for the father, it can be no less so for the son. The damage done, it turns out, is irreversible; Adam is almost maddeningly unable to learn simple tasks and responsibilities. It also does feel a little bit dated to me, and a little bit on nuanced about fetal alcohol exposures, they also gave me some perspective on where those very extreme anti alcohol views came from. Since I plan to have my own children within the next 7-10 years Dorris's accounts related to raising children and Adam's struggles growing up shed some new light on being a parent for me. Look him up and you'll see what I mean.
The reactions I have gotten here amongst this group of vacationers to the idea that any drinking while pregnant is a bad idea astound me -- you'd think I was suggested they not eat! The final chapter is written by Adam. To that extent, this is almost a textbook on the subject. It broke my heart, but it gave me hope,as well. He overcame those problems more than most people thought he would be able to do. I do think the author could have shortened the book, but it was obvious that this topic is very important, especially to him, and so he must have felt impelled to keep putting data that felt redundant to me into the book.
He was failure thrive when I adopted him at the age of 3 and half. Routine and not logic emphasized in order to preserve basic safety. Why Norwell wanted to complicate his life with an unknown factor like an adoptive child was never explained. Unfortunately, I decided to look up some more information on Michael Dorris and discovered the rather unsavoury events that occurred after the publication of this book: his divorce, Adam's death, accusations of abuse from his daughters, his second son Sava's attempts to sue him and ultimately Dorris's suicide in 1997. He visits reservations where this condition, while perhaps not defined as a medical condition, is unfortunately not uncommon and observed anecdotally.
Along the way the good doctor managed to attract a wifey to share in all the hell the little one was dishing out. This is not an impulsive or naïve decision—but it is seems not inconsistent with his exceptional Type A personality. It was the first book recommended to me by the school psychologist when they determined that my adopted son's learning disabilities were the result of his bio-mother's continued alcohol and drug consumption during her entire pregnancy. A committed and ambitious academic and parent, Dorris manages parenting along with his increasingly demanding academic responsibilities—teaching, conducting and publishing research, recruiting and mentoring Native American students, and promoting and developing the curriculum for a Native American studies program. A television movie adapted from writer Michael Dorris's account of how his adopted Sioux Indian son was born brain-damaged due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Adam was never really described as a gift or a blessing.
As a single teacher in an experimental college, in his mid-20s, Michael, who has Indian the term he prefers to Native American ancestry, decided he wanted to be a father. It was so painful to learn about. As Michael struggles to help Adam, he discovers that Adam's parents were alcoholics, that his mother died of alcohol poisoning and his father's death was also alcohol related. It took me a while to read it because of all the facts. How devasting to find out that your child has a totally preventable disease that has no cure! He also chronicles the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome on their adopted son and on the Native American community as a whole.