In the first part of this article, psychologist Don Crowe, PHD, and his wife Nancy had been unable to conceive and unable to locate a good fit for adoption in China. Their decision to adopt overseas reflected a broader demographic trend. The number of Americans adopting internationally increased from 7,000 in 1990 to 23,000 by 2004. After finding no help in China, the Crowes looked to Guatemala, and were able to complete the adoption of their daughter, Rose Marie, within a year. The youngest of four children, Rose Marie’s mother was a woman living destitute on the street.
From the start, Don and Nancy did their utmost to make their new daughter feel well-loved. A particularly meaningful part of the adoption process for the couple was creating a hardbound book that told the story, in pictures and words, of Rose Marie’s adoption. Don Crowe, PHD, and his wife emphasize the lengthy nature of their search for Rose Marie and compare finding their adopted daughter to discovering treasure at the end of a rainbow.