‘Tis the season to create a holiday wish list! Hopeful and current adoptive parents need these ten books to curl up with, and here’s why:
Author Elisabeth O’Toole wrote this book for friends and relatives of the adoptive family to help them understand the adoption process. However, I think it’s a great read for anyone connected to adoption, including the hopeful parents. This honest and educational book is one you can refer to time and time again, and it makes a great gift for grandparents!
In 1928, Minka is raped at a picnic and becomes pregnant. The Waiting is the story of Minka’s baby being adopted and Minka’s prayer, to find her daughter again. The book spans eighty years of love, loss, and longing, and spoiler alert, there is a very happy ending. This is an excellent read for parents to learn about the points of view of an adoptee, a birth mother, and their extended family.
This is the number one book I recommend to families who are considering adoption. Ann Fessler interviews women who were coerced into placing their babies for adoption, forcing today’s adoptive family to remember why ethics in adoption are so important. Adoption’s history is unpleasant, to say the least, and impacted thousands of lives.
This anthology is a must-read for any family choosing to adopt transracially. The co-editor compiled the interviews they conducted with transracial adoptees, giving them a collective voice, and teaching hopeful parents what not to do, and perhaps more importantly, what to do in order to raise happy, healthy adoptees.
Adoptee Madeleine Melcher offers parents advice and encouragement on adoption. Her main message is that we need to first and foremost listen to our children’s needs and respond to those needs. This is a one-of-a-kind book where an adoptee directly addresses those who choose to adopt.
Julie Gumm, mother by adoption, offers parents a practical plan to financially prepare and pay for the adoption process. She covers everything from saving, (creative) fundraising, planning, and applying for available adoption grants. This easy-to-read and apply adoption book is essential to any hopeful parent.
Written by three trauma and psychological experts, The Connected Child is well-known in the adoption community. Whether your child was adopted at birth, as a toddler, or older, the well-researched information in the book truly does bring “hope” and “healing”, as well as understanding, to the otherwise complicated matter of attachment. Full of practical advice for parents, I highly recommend that every adoptive parent read this book.
This book, though twenty years old, is full of advice for parents who choose to adopt. They cover parenting and adoption related topics from the child’s infancy through adulthood. This book can be referred to time and time again: a classic. Because transparency and education never get old.
This book was gifted to me during our first adoption wait, and its raw honesty and humor was gripping. There is a place for education books, but there is also space for the hard and real feelings parents who hope to adopt have. I highly recommend reading this, whether you are in the trenches of your wait or have already adopted.
When we were waiting to adopt for the first time, I realized there were no books on the market that encouraged and educated families choosing to adopt transracially. After transracially adopting our third child, I released my well-researched book for families in the same position as ourselves: craving information and practical advice. My book includes resource suggestions, practical application exercises, discussion questions, and much more.
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