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By: Sally Lewer Ahern

'Adoptive Mother 101'

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Another woman, whose name you know, gave birth to your son. How on earth do you deal with that?

How do you deal with people looking at you, and then looking at your son, and you see the moment in their eyes when it registers that you do not look like each other?

Sally Lewer Ahern’s memoir, 'Adoptive Mother 101', is a moving and uplifting account of the complex and emotionally gruelling odyssey of adopting her son, Carlos, from Guatemala, when he was almost three years old.

It is a story of love, of creating her family through intercountry adoption.

Told via a series of vignettes from the portholes of her intercountry adoption quest, 'Adoptive Mother 101' is not only about the bumpy road which is intercountry adoption, it’s about clutching on to mercurial hope, clinging to vicarious dreams … and to trusting blindly and determinedly in the unpredictability of the Universe.  

Not only for those with an interest in intercountry adoption – it’s for anyone, anywhere, who has ever had hopes and dreams.

Sally Lewer Ahern is a former corporate recruitment professional and authorised marriage celebrant.


Sally’s non-fiction has appeared in publications including the Melbourne Age, Link National Disability Magazine and The Weekend Australian.


Sally lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, Mark; son, Carlos; two Toy Poodles, and a Burmese cat.

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