Adoption Resources

Picture Books about Adoption

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis

Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey, by Kelly DiBenedetto,‎ Katie Gorczyca,‎ and Jennifer Eckert

Levi’s Family, by Elliot Riley

Katie Careful and the Very Sad Smile & Sophia Spikey Has a Very Big Problem, by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Foster Youth, by Diane Rene Christian & Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman

A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story, by John DeGarmo

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights, by Julie Nelson

How I Was Adopted, by Joanna Cole

A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza

I Don’t Have Your Eyes, by Carrie Kitze

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care, by Jennifer Wilgocki

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General Readings for Adults

Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Navigating the Teen Years, by Katie Naftzger

All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung

Open: An Adoption Story in Three Voices, by Alaina O’Connell, Alex Porter, and Sara O’Connell

Lionheart: The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families, by Jodie Hampshire,‎ Selina Smyth,‎ and Tammie Flinos,‎ with Robert Harris

It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion, and Open Adoption, edited by Brooke Randolph, LMHC

I’m On It:  What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption, A Guide For Relatives & Friends, by Elisabeth O’Toole

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, by Jean MacLeod & Dr. Sheena Macrae

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents, by Deborah Gray

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, by Debbie Riley & John Meeks (C.A.S.E.)

Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors, by Heather Forbes & B. Bryan Post

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Daniel Siegel

The Connected Child, by Karen Purvis & Dr. David Cross

The Family of Adoption, by Joyce Maguire Pavao

Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow, by Carol Kranowitz

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel Siegel & Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal & Grow, by Gregory Keck

Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years, by Patty Cogen

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, by Nancy Verrier

Adoption Awareness in School Assignments: A Guide for Parents and Educators, by Christine Mitchell

Adoptee Mental Health and Suicide: What’s the Connection, YouTube video with Nicole Sheppard

The Future of Healing: Shifting from Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement by Shawn Gitright

10 Tips for Teachers with Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

Readings on Transracial Adoption for Adults

Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space, by Diane Rene Christian

A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America, by Shaqif Abdussabur

Are Those Kids Yours?, by Cheri Register

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories, by Rita Simon & Rhonda Roorda

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dear Adoption, Let’s Really Look at Looks, by Mark Hagland (transracial adoptee & HCAF presenter)


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