Driven by a genuine desire to offer a child from a disadvantaged background a stable, loving home Francesca and her husband Rick set out to adopt a baby. They expected it to be difficult. But they didn't expect it to be so utterly confused, unclear and inhumane.

Deemed “Too white” to adopt any of the children in care in the UK, they set off to Mexico, on a journey that will test every bit of their resolve, stamina and sense of humor.

Packed with a series of nail biting unexpected twists and turns it’s a story where we see the couple discover a land stuck amusingly in the 1970s, but one that despite its social and political troubles, is compassionate and warm. Their road trip brings them into contact with a cast of characters straight from central casting, from a sleazy lawyer offering babies on order in Starbucks to cowboys, a madwoman with a child to sell and an improbably glamorous Catholic matriarch.

About the author

Francesca was born and grew up in Rome were she studied languages and politics. She then lived in France, Holland, Mexico and currently resides in London where she graduated in Economics and obtained a Msc in Corporate Responsibility. She lives with her husband Rick and their daughter Gaia and is the founder and CEO of a sustainability consultancy Wecare and a campaigning organisation Adoption With Humanity.

Selected reviews

“ A book that goes way beyond the personal experience of the author and intelligently challenges the assumptions and consequent flaws of the adoption system both in the UK and internationally. Thoughtful but unsentimental, Francesca has a knack for giving you an understanding of the situations she encountered and of what happens to people in the adoption process and does it in a compelling way”

The Daily Express

“ This moving account of a couple's quest to adopt a child from Mexico shows the determination and energy needed to navigate the complex and frustrating system of intercountry adoption. The story, told with honesty and humour, also challenges some of the fashionable theories about children and cultural identity, theories that often get in the way of them finding a loving home.”

The Times

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