Suggested Reading List
This book is only available as a downloadable PDF. It is a provocative, expose and documentary of the shocking story of America’s failed foster care, adoption and prison system.
For ordering visit: http://adoptionsupport.org/store/wise-up-sm-powerbook/. An interactive manual and coloring book for school age children to help teach them how to handle questions about adoption with peers.
Helpful in increasing parent’s understanding of what their adoptive children may feel about being adopted. Also a great book for adoptees to increase self-understanding. Written by an adult adoptee, the book offers useful information.
This is an excellent book that sheds light on the how society and its norms and moral dilemmas of the time shaped the world of secrecy for birthmothers and in adoption practice. Ann Fessler, an adult adoptee, talked to more than 100 of the estimated 1.5 million women who relinquished children for adoption during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. She brings to light how the myths and societal pressures to relinquish their unborn children shaped and changed their lives. A must read.
An insightful self-exploration of life as an adopted person. The author gives readers a deep, personal journey about how she believes having been relinquished and adopted has affected her life.
An inspiring memoir that captures the author’s spiritual beliefs and how these beliefs helped her heal and find her daughter. Beautifully written and very moving story.
An excellent book for parents who have difficult life histories to tell their adopted children. It also explains to all adoptive parents how and when to give their adopted children birth information.
Written by a psychologist who has been in private practice treating adopted children. He is the leading expert in the Adopted Child Syndrome, a theory that has been used as a defense for adopted children who have committed murder.
This heart-warming children’s book gives a glimpse into adoption from the biological mother’s perspective. It takes the reader on a journey with a young mother as she comes to the difficult decision of choosing adoption and the struggles to do what she believes is best for the baby growing inside of her.
The author, an adopted person and therapist describes the developmental stages and challenges for adopted people. Facilitates parent’s ability to normalize the developmental milestones that all families and adopted children pass through. Factual case studies illustrate the stages.
Working with adopted adolescents is complex. The key to successful therapy and healthy development is to help the adolescent discover and accept the person within.
A moving story of a woman’s unplanned teenage pregnancy and how the impact of relinquishing her child in the closed adoption system profoundly affected her life. The author writes about how she began to heal and how it transformed her life as she became a social worker and advocate for adoption reform. She helps us understand why ungrieved losses are so life altering for the birthmother.
A powerfully and beautifully written story of a birthmother’s search and reunion with the son that she relinquished for adoption in the closed adoption system.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy at twenty-two, this book chronicles a birth mother’s account of her decision to surrender her son in an open adoption and of their relationship over the twelve years that follow.
An informative look at what the authors describe as seven issues that all members of the adoption triad must address.
Written by an adult adoptee as a personal story of search and reunion. This book is particularly useful for those who are searching as the author shares valuable search techniques.
An incredibly compelling look at what the unborn child knows and experiences while in utero.
This groundbreaking book still continues to shed enormous light on the effects of adoption on children. Written by an adoptive mother who gained insight into the innermost feelings of her adoptive daughter as she raised one child by birth and one by adoption. A must read.
In this book the author focus is on helping adoptees find their authentic Self, a self which ahs been distorted by living without genetic markers and mirroring as they grew up in non biological families. The other is to help them go beyond the victimhood of their beginning of life and come into their own power and sense of responsibility.