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.
Confessions of a Lost Mother Barton, Elisa. Elisa Barton 2006. Twenty years after she placed her baby for adoption, a birth mother answers the question “What was it like, giving up a child?”
Birth Fathers and Their Adoption Experiences Clapton, Gary. Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2002. Thirty birth fathers recall their experiences and the impact it had on their lives.
Because I Loved You: A Birthmother’s View of Open Adoption Dischler, Patricia. Goblin Fern Press 2006. The regret and pain a birth mother faced after placing her son for adoption and how she replaced it with love and understanding.
How to Open an Adoption: A Guide for Parents and Birthparents of Minors Dorner, Patricia. R-Squared Press 1997. How to get the most out of your open adoption.
Following the Tambourine Man: A Birthmother’s Memoir Ellerby, Janet. Syracuse University Press 2007. One woman’s story on how she went from a protected and privileged childhood to an unplanned pregnancy and adoption.
The Girl Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade.
Fessler, Ann. Penguin Press 2006. Women who were forced to give up their babies for adoption from the 1950s through the early ’70s talk about the choices they had to make and the aftereffects.
I Choose This Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption Fieker, Sharon and Smith, Lori. Tate Publishing & Enterprises 2006. A birth mother looks back on why she placed her baby daughter for adoption and how she and the circumstances behind her placement changed over the years.
The Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption Forge, Leslie and Mosconi, Gail. Third Choice Books, 2004. A guide for prospective birthparents dealing with the complex issues involved in placing a baby ranging from what to expect during your pregnancy to how to deal with your emotions afterwards.
To Keera with Love: Abortion, Adoption, or Keeping the Baby, the Story of One Teen’s Choice Heckert, Connie. Sheed & Ward, 1989. The journey of one teen as she goes from a happy and protected home environment to becoming a mother too soon and the decisions she made along the way for herself and her child.
Reunion: A Year in Letters Between a Birthmother and the Daughter She Couldn’t Keep Hern, Katie. Seal Press 1999. Letters trace the post-reunion relationship between a birth mother and the daughter she placed for adoption 26 years earlier.
Dancing Naked Hrdlitschka, Shelley. Orca Book Publishers, 2002. Sixteen and pregnant, Kia faces the most difficult decision of her life and realizes that life isn’t as simple as she thought it was.
Soul Connection: Memoir of a Birthmother’s Healing Journey Hughes, Ann. Otto Bay Books 1999. A birthmother reunites with her son through the help of astrology.
Birthmothers: Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories Jones, Merry. iUniverse.com, 2000. Birth mothers recount their reasons and the emotions behind their decision to place their babies for adoption.
Thank You Son for Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story Kane, Beth. Hushion House 1999. Fifty years after she placed her son for adoption, a birthmother reunites with him.
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.
Motherhood Silenced: The Experiences of Natural Mothers on Adoption Reunion Kelly, Ruth. Liffey Press 2006.Through their own accounts, this book examines the impact of adoption and reunion on a group of birth mothers.
Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter Lifton, Betty Jean. Other Press 2006. Life as an adoptee when talking about adoption and one’s birth parents was considered taboo.
Healing the Hole in a Heart: One Birthmother’s Journey into the Adoption Triangle
Mac Isaac, Nancy. Mac Isaac Enterprises 1998. A guide to getting the most out of your reunion and building relationships with all members of the triad.
Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey McElmurray, Karen. University of Georgia Press 2006. In a work of creative non-fiction, a birth mother explains how she survived being coerced into placing her child for adoption and the reunion that followed.
Shadow Mothers: Stories of Adoption and Reunion McKay, Linda. North Star Press of St. Cloud, 1998. A birth mother tells her story and the story of nine other birth mothers who placed their babies for adoption, and the ups and downs that followed.
Returned with Love: I Gave My Baby Away – A Story of the Pain and Joy of Adoption Page, Kathryn. Winepress, 2005. The story of one birthparent who turned her life around with the help of religion after placing her baby for adoption..
Cooperative Adoption: A Handbook Rillera, Mary Jo and Kaplan, Sharon. Triadoption Library, Inc. 1985. A handbook for birth parents and adopting parents on how to build healthy relationships in open adoption.
Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief Robinson, Evelyn. Clova Publications, 2005. How one woman who placed her son for adoption in the ‘70s dealt with her grief and the obstacles she had to overcome en route to her search and reunion.
Saying Goodbye to a Baby: Volume 1–The Birthparent’s Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption
Roles, Patricia. Child Welfare League of America 1989. Strategies on how to deal with the post-placement loss and separation of your child.
The Other Mother: A Woman’s Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption
Schaefer, Carol. Soho Press, 1992. A first personal account by a birth mother on her decision not to parent her child and what others can learn from it.
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, and between the birth parents and their children.
Adoption Healing… A Path to Recovery for Mothers Who Lost Children to Adoption Soll, Joseph. Gateway Press, 2003. The emotional, psychological and physical fallout suffered by women who were forced to give up their babies for adoption and how to deal with the loss and pain.
The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever Stern, Daniel and Bruschweiler-Stern, Nadia. Basic Books 1999. A infant psychiatrist explains the impact that becoming a mother has on women’s lives.