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Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: an Anthology. Edited by Laura Dennis, $21.95

This anthology gives voice to the wide experiences of adoptees and those who love them; examining the emotional, psychological and logistical effects of adoption reunion. Primarily adult adoptee voices, we also hear from adoptive parents, first moms and mental health professionals, all weighing in on their experience with reunion. The stories run the gamut, and I think even non-adopted people are likely to find something in here to which they can relate.

The memories of adoption reunion in this anthology are joyous and regretful; nostalgic and fresh; angry and accepting. They show pain, but they also tell of resilience and strength in the face of incredible loss. In short, the essays of this anthology relate the human experience: raw, resilient, and most of all real.


The Open Adoption Experience: a Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families. Lois Ruskai Melina & S. Kaplan Roszia, $21.00

Two leading experts provide an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship.

 


The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole. Lori Holden & Crystal Hass, $29.95

There are many resources on why to do open adoption, but what about how? Open adoption isn't just something parents do when they exchange photos, send emails, share a visit. It's a lifestyle that may feel intrusive at times, be difficult or inconvenient at other times. Tensions can arise even in the best of circumstances. But knowing how to handle these situations and how to continue to make arrangements work for the child involved is paramount. This book offers readers the tools and the insight to do just that. It covers common open-adoption situations and how real families have navigated typical issues successfully. Like all useful parenting books, it provides parents with the tools to come to answers on their own, and answers questions that might not yet have come up. 

Through their own stories and those of other families of open adoption, Lori and Crystal review the secrets to success, the pitfalls and challenges, the joys and triumphs. By putting the adopted child at the center, families can come to enjoy the benefits of open adoption and mitigate the challenges that may arise. More than a how-to, this book shares a mindset, a heartset, that can be learned and internalized, so parents can choose to act out of love and honesty throughout their childís growing up years, helping that child to grow up whole. 

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SHAMELESS: the Fight for Adoption Disclosure and the Search for My Son. Marilyn Churley, $26.95

In the late 1960s, at the age of eighteen and living far from home amidst the thriving counterculture of Ottawa, Marilyn Churley got pregnant. Like thousands of other women of the time she kept the event a secret. Faced with few options, she gave the baby up for adoption. Over twenty years later, as the Ontario NDP governmentís minister responsible for all birth, death, and adoption records, including those of her own child, Churley found herself in a surprising and powerful position — fully engaged in the long and difficult battle to reform adoption disclosure laws and find her son.

Both a personal and political story, Shameless is a powerful memoir about a motherís struggle with loss, love, secrets, and lies — and an adoption system shrouded in shame.


10 Things: Adoption Search & Reunion. Kinship Center, $47.95 DVD format, 59 minutes

This video presents ten things to consider in an adoption search and reunion. The process is an emotional journey that can take many unexpected twists and turns. The moderator, Sharon Roszia, is a nationally known adoption and permanency expert and trainer. Sharon shares her insights and lessons learned while highlighting the personal stories of an adult adoptee and a birth mother.


Without a Map: a Memoir. Meredith Hall, $17.00

Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive fatheróin her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets WITHOUT A MAP apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.

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Complete Booklist

Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: an Anthology. Edited by Laura Dennis, $21.95

Birth Fathers and their Adoption Experiences. Gary Clapton, $40.95

BirthBond: Reunions Between Birthparents & Adoptees: What Happens After. Judith Gediman & Linda Brown, $19.95

The Open Adoption Experience: a Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families. Lois Ruskai Melina & S. Kaplan Roszia, $21.00

The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole. Lori Holden & Crystal Hass, $29.95

SHAMELESS: the Fight for Adoption Disclosure and the Search for My Son. Marilyn Churley, $26.95

10 Things: Adoption Search & Reunion. Kinship Center, $47.95 DVD format, 59 minutes

Without a Map: a Memoir. Meredith Hall, $17.00

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