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A Dream Come True by Adorable Adoptees (Jessica Rose, Nicole and Sarah Dankert) These three teens, all adopted from Korea, created a memory book especially for adopted children. Notebook-style binder, with Velcro-closure and cute artwork, allows for customization.
A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China by Chris Winston Part memoir, part parenting guide, this book shares how a mother worked to meet her children's needs and, in doing so, birthed a new kind of community.
Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings by Marge Eaton Heegaard
Adopting the Older Child by Claudia L. Jewett
Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers edited by Lansing Wood and Nancy Ng
Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS Book's conversational tone and wealth of information is geared to help family members become adoption experts (and advocates!) in no time.
Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings by Cindy Probst New, easy-to-read workbook for international adoptive parents and waiting parents who wish to document their children's early lives for them in the form of a lifebook. Through exercises and the text, readers become more comfortable telling children the truth about their beginnings while emphasizing their strengths and resilience.
Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families and America by Adam Pertman
Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae
All about Me by Lynn Burwash and Cie McMullin Provides opportunities for parents and young children to have frank, meaningful discussions about adoption...kids can participate by drawing and/ or filling in the blanks using their own washable crayons and markers.
Are These Kids Yours? American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries by Cheri Register Author discusses issues related to parenting an adoptive child in a caring, thorough manner. If you read only one or two adoption books, make this one a priority.
Becoming Attached - First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love by Robert Karen, Ph.D
Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child's Lifestory by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk Guides parents in the creation of a lifebook for their children that explores their birth heritage and their spiritual heritage as well.
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, and Robin Henig Illustrates common developmental pathways of adoptees as they occur throughout the life span. Five themes run throughout this book: the experience of adoptees, developmental perspectives, normality, search for self, and sense of loss.
Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens by Debbie Riley with John Meeks
Birth is More Than Once: the Inner World of Adopted Korean Children by H. Sook Wilkinson, Ph.D
Bring My Sons from Afar by Bertha Holt
Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America by Mia Tuan and Jiannbin Lee Shiao
Culture Keeping; White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference by Heather Jacobson Examines adoptions from China and Russia through the lens of integration of aspects of culture of child's origin into the family's life.
Designing Rituals of Adoption for the Religious and Secular Community by Mary Martin Mason Guide for designing welcoming ceremonies, adoption anniversaries, finalizations, baptisms, naming ceremonies . . . for all types of families and adoptions. Focuses on techniques to validate these families.