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Books About Adoption: For Adults

Learn more about adoption, the processes, the issues families face and more ... below is an ever-growing list of books about adoption for adults. To purchase, or learn more about a particular book, click on the book's "Buy from" button. Also, check out our list of "Books About Adoption For Kids".


Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child
by: Laura Beauvais-Godwin
Discusses each step in the adoption process, from choosing an agency to bringing a child home.

The Open Adoption Experience
  The Open Adoption Experience - A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families
by: Lois Ruskai Melina
An authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship.
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Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft
  Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft
by: Mary Hopkins Best
Toddler Adoption is essential reading for anyone considering the adoption of a boy or girl falling within the one to three year age.
The Adoption Resource Book
  The Adoption Resource Book, 4th edition
by: Louis Gilman
This book contains all the information a couple or an individual needs to investigate adoption alternatives, arrange for and complete a successful adoption, and raise an adoptive family.
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Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families
  Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families
by: Patricia Irwin Johnston
Adopting: Sound Choices Strong Families offers expert guidance, insight and key understanding about adoption as a genuine, practical means for growing a family–perhaps even yours.

Are Those Kids Yours?
  Are Those Kids Yours?: American Families With Children Adopted From Other Countries
by: Cheri Register
The book addresses many central issues about international adoption.
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Complete Book of International Adoption
  The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child
by: Dawn Davenport
A valuable guide to helping parents manage the emotional roller coaster as well as the practical aspects that come with the international adoption decision and process.
Culture Keeping
  Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference
by: Heather Jacobson
Explores the practice by international adoptive parents, of incorporating aspects of their children’s cultures of origin into their families’ lives.
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Labours of Love
  Labours of Love: Canadians Talk About Adoption
by Deborah A. Brennan
Labours of Love chronicles the journeys of Canadians who have overcome heartbreaking obstacles to become parents.
Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Adoption
  Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Adoption: What Children Need to Know
by: Fanny Cohen Herlem
This handy, practical guide offers useful advice for parents, counselors and other professionals working with adopted children.

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Buy from Amazon
  Keys to Parenting an Adopted Child
by: Kathy Lancaster
Discusses family preparation, bonding and developmental stages to adjustment difficulties, attachment issues, inter-racial/international adoptions and more, this is a detailed and helpful guide for contemporary families.

Labor of the Heart
  Labor of the Heart: A Parent's Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption
by: Kathleen Whitten
As would-be parents cycle through the adoption process, they balance anxiety and fear with the life-altering decision of adoption.

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Connecting with Kids through Stories

Connecting With Kids Through Stories: Using Narratives To Facilitate Attachment In Adopted Children
by: Denise Lacher
Connecting with Kids through Stories is an accessible guide to Family Attachment Narrative Therapy for the parents of adopted or fostered children, and for the professionals who work with them.

Adoption Parenting
  Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
by: Jean MacLeod
Parenting adopted children requires parenting with an extra layer and this book helps you to understand where that extra layer falls.
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Raising Adopted Children

Raising Adopted Children, Revised Edition
by: Lois Ruskai Melina
Addresses the pressing adoption issues of today, such as open adoption, international adoption, and transracial adoption, and answers parents' most frequently asked questions.

Talking with Young Children About Adoption
  Talking with Young Children about Adoption
by: Ms. Mary Watkins
This book deals with questions youngsters ask about their adoption, contains revealing conversations between parents and their children.
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Attaching in Adoption

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents
by: Deborah D. Gray
Proper attachment is the most fundamental issue in a successful adoption. Attaching in Adoption provides solutions to a variety of specific attachment problems.


The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family
by: Karen Purvis
Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child. Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders.

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Adopting the Hurt Child
  Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids
by: Gregory C. Keck
This book reveals the real hope that hurting children can be healed through adoptive and foster parents, social workers, and others who care.
Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control
  Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control
by: Heather T. Forbes
Covers in detail the effects of trauma on the body-mind and how trauma alters children's behavioral responses.
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Damaged Angels
  Damaged Angels: An Adoptive Mother's Struggle to Understand the Tragic Toll of Alcohol in Pregnancy
by: Bonnie Buxton
Part heartfelt memoir, part practical guide, Damaged Angels recounts Bonnie Buxton's struggles to raise an adopted daughter whom she didn't realize was afflicted with fetal alcohol disorder.
Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love
  Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust & Love
by: Michael Orlans & Terry Levy
A guide designed to provide the information, tools, support, self-awareness and hope needed to help a wounded child heal emotional wounds and improve behaviorally, socially, and morally.
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