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Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings. Marge Heegaard, $12.95

Adoption is a life-altering event—a change that can create loss and grief as well as joy. If the feelings created by change are not addressed, children can develop problems with identity, trust, control, self-esteem, and intimacy. This book uses the art process to help children understand and express their feelings about being adopted.


Adopting Older Children: a Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four. Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo Wassell & Victor Groza, $23.50

Adopting Older Children highlights the most significant challenges when parenting older adoptees who face mental health, behavioral and educational issues. The authors deliver a comprehensive guide to navigating the domestic and international adoption processes, coping with transition and family dynamics and educating others about adoption. Adopting Older Children not only focuses on preparing the family unit but offers ways to better understand the personality, background and problems of your adopted child. It provides methodology to comprehend and cope with the traumatized child, grief and loss, attachment issues, development and learning, mental health concerns, physical health (fetal alcohol syndrome, abuse, etc.) as well as providing critical resource information for prospective parents (including single, LBGT or older adoptive parents).

Practical and extensive, Adopting Older Children furnishes key parenting strategies and insights in a clear, sensitive style, becoming the definitive resource for adoptive parents and professionals.


Adoption at the Movies: a Year of Adoption-Friendly Movie Nights to Get Your Family Talking. Addison Cooper, $25.95

Get your family talking about adoption with the ultimate collection of films to help the whole family to explore their feelings in a fun and safe way.

With a film for each week of the year, Addison Cooper has compiled the best movies, new and old, for family-friendly viewing. Among those featured are Finding Dory, Frozen, Paddington, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Star Wars, Divergent, The Blind Side and I am Sam. Carefully selected, the movies included will help families to comfortably talk about important adoption-related topics. They are accompanied by descriptions of the themes and ideas to get the conversations started. Helping all members of the family to explore both the pain and joy of adoption, they cover a range of issues which can arise such as culture, identity, control, and reunification. With something for everyone — from kids, to teens, to grown-ups — this is a must-have for all adoptive families.

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Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents. Deborah Gray, $29.95

Attaching in Adoption is a comprehensive guide for prospective and actual adoptive parents on how to understand and care for their adopted child and promote healthy attachment.

This classic text provides practical parenting strategies designed to enhance children's happiness and emotional health. It explains what attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children's emotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect, cooperation and trust. Parenting techniques are matched to children's emotional needs and stages, and checklists are included to help parents assess how their child is doing at each developmental stage. The book covers a wide range of issues including international adoption, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities, and combines sound theory and direct advice with case examples throughout.

This book is a must read for anyone interested in adoption and for all adoptive families. It will also be a valuable resource for adoption professionals.


Caring with Vitality: Yoga and Wellbeing for Foster Carers, Adopters, and Their Families. Andrea Warman & Liz Lark, $27.95

In this positive book Andrea Warman uses her vast experience of work in fostering and adoption to identify the areas of life that many families struggle with and, in partnership with yoga expert Liz Lark and nutritional therapist Alli Godbold, presents everyday, tried and tested strategies to help improve your family life — whether it's encouraging a calm household, improving sleep or simply finding some personal space.

The book describes easy-to-follow mindfulness exercises and yoga poses to suit your needs and the length of time you have to spare, whether you are looking for energy and strength or relaxation and calm. It also shares healthy tips, ideas and recipes — many coming from carers Andrea has met over the years. The authors also reveal how, through shared confidence-building activities like cooking and gardening, families can not only enjoy spending relaxing time together but help children to develop the life skills they need for a healthy future.

Caring with Vitality is an inspiring, practical, accessible read for foster and adoptive families, and can also be used by agencies and related professionals providing support for parents or carers.

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Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Adoption: What Children Need to Know. Fanny Cohen Herlem, $19.95

This handy, practical guide offers useful advice for parents, counselors and other professionals working with adopted children.


I Wished for You: a Keepsake Adoption Journal. Carrie Kipp Howard, $22.50

Cherish every step. Remember every chapter. Love every moment. Celebrate your unique adoption story with this gently guided journal designed with adoptive parents in mind.

  • Open-ended and playful prompts — perfect for any age or experience
  • Lots of spots for notes, photographs, announcements, and other mementos
  • Beautiful, simple design to make your own

Every child, every family’s story is unique... and now every story can be told. This beautifully designed keepsake journal captures all of the emotions, history, hopes, dreams, and surprises that each adoption journey entails through guided prompts that encourage parents to enjoy and reflect on their own experience. Created specifically for adoptive parents, I Wished for You celebrates each unique adoption story, where every milestone is remembered, every moment is cherished, and every child is wished for.


In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know about Adoption: a Guide for Relatives & Friends. Elisabeth O’Toole, $22.50

This is the adoption book for grandparents, friends, neighbors, colleagues, aunts and unscles of adoptive families. Whether you’re excited or worried, committed or a bit reluctant, experienced or unfamiliar with adoption, In On It is an informative, friendly and useful guide for anyone touched by adoption.

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Keeping Your Adoptive Family Strong: Strategies for Success. Gregory Keck & L. Gianforte, $25.95

Welcoming a new child into the home through adoption is a life-altering experience-for the child, the parents, and everyone else in the family. Expectations and realities often differ dramatically, and adjusting to the change can be difficult and emotionally painful.

Since the majority of children available for adoption today are in the system as the result of abuse and neglect, parents must acknowledge the fact they these young innocents will carry their trauma with them into their new homes. A willingness to address the not-so-easy, didn't-see-that-coming aspects of adoption is the first step toward building a strong family. 

A valuable resource for parents and professionals, this book provides useful strategies for facing the challenges posed by adopted children. The inclusion of real stories from real people adds heart and encouragement, offering hope for the future of the entire family.


Keys to Parenting an Adopted Child, 2nd Edition. Kathy Lancaster, $10.99

Practical and in an easy-to-read format, Keys to Parenting an Adopted Child tells parents what they need to know about raising well-adjusted adopted children. From family preparation, bonding and developmental stages to adjustment difficulties, attachment issues, inter-racial/international adoptions and more, this is a detailed and helpful guide for contemporary families.


Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children: a Family Friendly Approach, 2nd Edition. Joy Rees, $31.95

Through words, pictures, photographs, certificates and other 'little treasures', a Life Story Book provides a detailed account of the child's early history and a chronology of their life. Fully updated, this clear and concise book shows a unique family-friendly way to compile a Life Story Book which promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within new families. Joy Rees' influential model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of belonging and security before addressing the child's past and early trauma. The book contains simple explanations of complex concepts, practical examples, helpful suggestions and includes some simple checklists. This new edition has been expanded to include fostered children and those living in kinship care or with a special guardian.

Perfect for social workers, adoption agencies, adoptive parents, foster carers and kinship carers, Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children is a refreshing, innovative and common-sense guide.

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The Next 1000 Days: a Journal of Ages Two to Six. Nikki McClure, $15.95

Track the transformative years from toddler and “big kid” with this interactive journal for parent and child. This beautiful companion to the best-selling The First 1000 Days journal helps parents capture the precious ages between two and six. From losing a first tooth to the first day of school, Nikki McClure's beautiful paper cut illustrations celebrate all the special moments. Parents can also write and draw with their child to help bring these years to life and preserve them for all time.


Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding & Appreciating Their Journeys. Gregory Keck, $27.50

Find support, new insights, and valuable suggestions in managing difficult situations with your adopted adolescent.


Parenting Adopted Teenagers: Advice for the Adolescent Years. Rachel Staff, $22.95

Full of valuable, grounded advice, this guide will help parents to understand the impact of early trauma on a child's development and the specific nature of the changes that occur during adolescence. With tips for coping with common problems, it combines first-hand accounts from professionals, parents and teenagers themselves. It also covers essential topics such as: family and peer relationships, developing healthy intimate relationships, emerging identity issues, and contacting birth family. Accessible and honest, Parenting Adopted Teenagers is an invaluable resource for adoptive parents as well as professionals working with them.

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Parenting In the Eye of the Storm: the Adoptive Parent's Guide to Navigating the Teen Years. Katie Naftzger, $25.95

Parenting a teenager is not easy and parenting an adopted teen has its own unique set of challenges. Full of practical and reassuring advice, this book will help you to steer and support your teen as they set out on the voyage of emerging adulthood, including issues surrounding relationships and identity.


Parenting Your Adopted Child: a Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family. Adam Adesman & Christine Adamec, $19.95

Practical advice from infancy through adolescence on how to give your adopted child a positive, loving home. The unique challenges faced by adoptive parents are addressed in this helpful book by Adam Adesman, a pediatrician specializing in adoption issues and Christine Adamec, author and mother of an adopted child.


The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption. Karen Foli & John Thompson, $23.95

The Post-Adoption Blues is a groundbreaking book, the first of its kind to offer an explanation of the dynamics of parental stress and depression once a child is home and the strategies to help adoptive parents cope with these emotions. At the heart of the The Post-Adoption Blues are the expectations parents hold of the post-adoption experience and how the differences between those expectations and reality, create stress and depression. This book also gives these emotions a name: post-adoption stress and depression and compares them to postpartum blues and depression. In addition to expert advice and personal stories and solutions, The Post-Adoption Blues also provides resources to turn to for further information. A vital work, it offers parents the understanding and help they need to know a love that can lead them and their child to become more than they ever thought they could be.

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The Secrets of Successful Adoptive Parenting: Practical Advice and Strategies to Help with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges. Sophie Ashton, $25.95

Sharing the secrets that will enable you to face the challenges of adoptive parenting with confidence, Sophie Ashton offers tips and strategies which have worked for her family. She discusses preparing for the journey ahead, parenting with empathy, facilitating your child's attachment, helping your child feel listened to, and providing structure and consistency in order to successfully integrate your child into your family and go on to have a stable happy family life.

An honest and reassuring account of what it can really be like to be an adoptive parent, this practical hands-on guide will help you prepare for the highs and lows of being a parent and give your child and your family the best chance to flourish.


10 Things: Adopted Teens Speak Out. Kinship Center, $49.95 DVD format, 60 minutes

Watch and listen to the original words and thoughts of adopted teens, addressed to the adults in their lives. This is an emotional journey into the unique insights and feelings of adopted teenagers. The concept and content was developed by an adopted teens group as a project for their parents at an annual intensive adoptive family camp. While powerful and thought provoking, it is certain to prompt discussion whether used with parents, teens or professionals.


Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World. Marion Crook, $18.95

Thicker Than Blood is a comprehensive yet down-to-earth look at adoptive parenting in the twenty-first century. Author Marion Crook's family includes two adopted sons; in her experience, adoptive parents need to acquire skills, knowledge, and a good sense of humour in order to deal with the emotional upheavals of raising adopted children.

The book looks at all facets of adoption, including its dark history over the past 100 years when it was seen as a lower-class option for desperate parents, or when children were taken from single mothers against their will. Today, adoption is much more open-minded ― LGBT adoptive parents and adoptive single parents are now commonplace ― yet challenges linger, from adoptive children suffering from PTSD to those dealing with issues of anger and abandonment. Marion Crook gently takes adoptive parents through the process of adoption from childhood to adulthood, helping to demystify the experience with compassion and reassurance.

Meticulously researched but refreshingly free of academic jargon, Thicker Than Blood will enlighten and empower adoptive parents and those who work with adopted children alike.

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Toddler Adoption: the Weaver's Craft, Revised Edition. Mary Hopkins-Best, $27.95

Toddler Adoption looks at the unique joys and challenges of adopting and parenting a toddler. When a child aged is adopted between the ages of 12 to 36 months, they often show signs of cognitive and emotional immaturity, which can cause behavioral and relational issues. This book offers support and practical tools to help parents prepare for and support the toddler's transition between the familiar environment of their biological parent's home or foster home to a new and unfamiliar one, and considers the issues that arise at different developmental stages. It highlights the challenges that parents are likely to encounter, but also gives positive guidance on how to overcome them.

Written by a specialist in children's development who is also an adoptive parent herself, this fully revised and updated edition of the go-to-source on adopting toddlers is essential reading for both parents and professionals working with adoptive families.


20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed. Sherrie Eldridge, $19.00

Discover the secrets to understanding the unique needs of your adopted child and becoming the best parent you can be.


The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting: the Small Stuff, the Big Stuff, and the Stuff In Between. Sally Donovan, $25.95

This is not just another book about adoptive parenting. This is the real stuff: dynamic, messy, baffling adoptive parenting, rooted in domestic life. Award-winning columnist and adoptive parent Sally Donovan offers savvy, compassionate advice on how to be 'good enough' in the face of both day-to-day and more bewildering challenges — how to respond to 'red mist' meltdowns, crippling anxieties about new routines and, most importantly, how to meet the intimidating challenge of being strong enough to protect and nurture your child. Full of affecting and hilarious stories drawn from life in the Donovan household, The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting offers parents a refreshing counterblast to stuffy parenting manuals.

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Welcoming a New Brother or Sister through Adoption. Arleta James, $29.95

Adoption is a big step which change the whole dynamics of the family. It is crucial that parents understand the impact it has when new sibling relationships are forged and an adoptee becomes a part of the family. Welcoming a New Brother or Sister through Adoption is a comprehensive yet accessible guide that describes the adoption process and the impact of adoption on every member of the family, including the adopted child. It prepares families to have realistic expectations and equips them with knowledge to deal with a host of situations that may arise, addressing difficult questions head-on, and exploring solutions in detail. All this is accompanied with real life stories and direct quotes from children, which make it a realistic and insightful resource. This book is vital reading for adoptive families and professionals who work with them including social workers, counselors and psychologists.


What I Want My Adopted Child to Know: an Adoptive Parent’s Perspective. Sally Bacchetta, $15.95

What I Want My Adopted Child to Know is a tender, revealing look at adoption that will touch your heart and increase your understanding of the challenges and the joys that are unique to adoptive parenting.

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Complete Booklist

Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings. Marge Heegaard, $12.95

Adopting Older Children: a Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four. Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo Wassell & Victor Groza, $23.50

Adoption at the Movies: a Year of Adoption-Friendly Movie Nights to Get Your Family Talking. Addison Cooper, $25.95

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections. Jean MacLeod & Sheena Macrae (eds), $34.50

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents. Deborah Gray, $29.95

A Baby Book for You: a Baby Record Book Designed by Nan Jernigan, $22.99

Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child. Lark Eshleman, $17.95

Caring with Vitality: Yoga and Wellbeing for Foster Carers, Adopters, and Their Families. Andrea Warman & Liz Lark, $27.95

Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul: Stories Celebrating Forever Families. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & LeAnn Thieman, $16.95

The Connected Child—For Parents Who Have Welcomed Children. Karyn B. Purvis et al, $20.95

The Everything Parent's Guide to Raising Your Adopted Child: a Complete Handbook to Welcoming Your Adopted Child Into Your Heart and Home. Corrie Lynne Player, $19.50

Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Adoption: What Children Need to Know. Fanny Cohen Herlem, $19.95

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss. Claudia Jewett Jarratt, $17.95

I Wished for You: a Keepsake Adoption Journal. Carrie Kipp Howard, $22.50

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know about Adoption: a Guide for Relatives & Friends. Elisabeth O’Toole, $22.50

Keeping Your Adoptive Family Strong: Strategies for Success. Gregory Keck & L. Gianforte, $25.95

Launching a Baby's Adoption: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals. Patricia Irwin Johnston, $19.95

Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children: a Family Friendly Approach, 2nd Edition. Joy Rees, $31.95

Keys to Parenting an Adopted Child, 2nd Edition. Kathy Lancaster, $10.99

The Next 1000 Days: a Journal of Ages Two to Six. Nikki McClure, $15.95

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Our Chosen Child: a Baby Memory Book for Adoptive Parents. Judith Levy & Judy Pelikan, $21.99

Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding & Appreciating Their Journeys. Gregory Keck, $27.50

Parenting Adopted Teenagers: Advice for the Adolescent Years. Rachel Staff, $22.95

Parenting In the Eye of the Storm: the Adoptive Parent's Guide to Navigating the Teen Years. Katie Naftzger, $25.95

Parenting Your Adopted Child: a Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family. Andrew Adesman with Christine Adamec, $19.95

Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child. Brenda McCreight, $31.95

The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption. Karen Foli & John Thompson, $23.95

Raising Adopted Children. Lois Ruskai Melina, $17.50

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child. Holly van Gulden & Lisa Bartels-Rabb, $27.95

The Secrets of Successful Adoptive Parenting: Practical Advice and Strategies to Help with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges. Sophie Ashton, $25.95

Talking with Young Children about Adoption. Mary Watkins & Susan Fisher, $31.95

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past. Betsy Keefer & Jayne Schooler, $44.95

10 Things: Adopted Teens Speak Out. Kinship Center, $49.95 DVD format, 60 minutes

Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World. Marion Crook, $18.95

Toddler Adoption: the Weaver's Craft, Revised Edition. Mary Hopkins-Best, $27.95

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew. Sherrie Eldridge, $19.95

20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed. Sherrie Eldridge, $19.00

The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting: the Small Stuff, the Big Stuff, and the Stuff In Between. Sally Donovan, $25.95

Welcoming a New Brother or Sister through Adoption. Arleta James, $29.95

What I Want My Adopted Child to Know: an Adoptive Parent’s Perspective. Sally Bacchetta, $15.95

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