Adoptive Parent Books

Real Parents Real Children
Bartels-Rabb, Lisa and Van Gulden, Holly. Crossroad Classic, 1995. Covers the development stages of a child’s life and how adoption may impact them.

The Adoption Decision:15 Things You Wnat to Know Before Adopting
Christianson, Laura. Harvest House, 2007. An adoption educator and adoptive mom addresses the 15 main emotional and spiritual issues adoptive parents need to go through before they begin their adoption journey.

Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforseen Challenges of Adoption
Foli, Karen and Thompson, John. Rodale, 2004. An overview of some of the post-adoption challenges facing parents and ways to handle them.

Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families
Johnston, Patricia Irwin. Perspectives Press 2008. A guide on how to prepare for your adoption, including practical advice on what you’ll need to do after you’ve made your decision.

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
MacLeod, Jean and Macrae, Sheena. Emk Press 2006. Tips and techniques for parents of adopted children.

Labor of the Heart: A Parent’s Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption
Whitten, Kathleen. M. Evans And Company Inc. 2008. Using the author’s own experience as a starting book, this book guides would-be adoptive parents through the many stages and emotional impacts involved in the adoption process.

Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption
Duxbury, Micky. Routledge, 2006. Based on interviews with over 100 adoption experts, birth and adoptive parents, and adopted children, this book shows how child-centred open adoption works and how you can make it work for you.

Adoption Without Fear
Gritter, James. San Antonio, Corona, 1989. Open adoption stories by parents who experienced them.

The Story of David
Howells, Dion. One family’s journey through open adoption and the healing relationship they had with the child’s teenage mother.

The Open Adoption Experience
Melina, Lois and Roszia, Sharon. Harpercollins Publishers 1993. A guide to the issues and concerns adoptive and birth families face through all stages of the open adoption experience, from making the decision through the child’s growing years.

The Open Adoption Book: A Guide to Adoption Without Tears
Rappaport, Bruce. Macmillan 1992. A guide to getting the most out of open adoption.

A Letter to Adoptive Parents on Open Adoption
Severson, Randolph. House of Tomorrow 1991. An introduction to open adoption and how to prepare for it.

Children of Open Adoption and Their Families
Silber, Kathleen and Dorner, Patricia. Corona Publishing Co. 1990. The effects of open adoption on children, from infancy to adolescence.

Blended Hearts, Broken Promises: An Open Adoption Gone Wrong
Kats, Linda. MileStones 2005. A birth family explains how they were duped and betrayed after agreeing to place their baby for adoption.

Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby
Silber, Kathleen and Speedlin, Phylis. Corona Publishing,1991. A guide to open adoption that includes letters by adoptive parents and birthparents.

My Special Family: A Children’s Book About Adoption
Silber, Kathleen and Parelskin, Debra. Taylor Publishing 1995. A workbook for children of open adoption to help them understand their ties to their adoptive parents and birth parents. Ages 4-8.

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