Many families find it helpful to research the area of adoption before, during and after the adoption. There are many resources available online or in print. Here are some recommended books and websites that may help you prepare for this journey.
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Making Sense of Adoption
By Lois Melina. Conversations and activities for families formed through adoption, donor insemination, surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization.
Raising Adopted Children
By Lois Melina. A classic. Covers the basics of parenting after adoption - the transition to adoptive parenting, bonding and attachment, talking with children about adoption, sexuality, adolescence and transracial adoption.
Toddler Adoption, The Weaver’s Craft
By Mary Hopkins-Best. A look at the unique challenges of parenting a child who arrives in the adoptive family older than infancy but younger than kindergarten age. This helpful guide offers support and practical tools for transitioning and promoting attachment
Real Parents, Real Children
By Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb. One of the leading adoption experts covers infancy through adulthood, nurturing positive identity, building healthy family, talking about birth parents, international, interracial, and same-race adoptions.
20 Things Adopted Kids Wishes Their Families Knew
By adoptee and author Sherrie Eldridge. She talks about mourning birth parents, identity issues, suggestions for discussing adoption with kids, and more.
A Child’s Journey Through Placement
By Vera Fahlberg Provides the foundations and resources and tools to help professionals, parents and others who care for children to help them along the road to adulthood.
Adopting the Older Child
By Claudia L. Jewett. Explains what's in store for those who open their hearts to a waiting child
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