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Adopting After Infertility: Messages from Practice, Research and Personal Experience. Marilyn Crawshaw & Rachel Balen, Editors, $40.95

Adopting After Infertility is an accessible and informative interdisciplinary book that addresses the issues that professionals working with adopters and the adopters themselves face when going through the adoption process and the impact of infertility on their experiences. The book includes chapters on the effects of infertility, why people may choose adoption and the assessment and preparation process. It also covers what an Adoption Panel needs to know about the prospective parents, the experiences of those coming to adoption from minority communities or when living with health conditions and post-adoption support needs. Personal accounts by people who have experienced adopting after infertility are included throughout the book.


Adoption is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know, Revised Edition. Patricia Irwin Johnston, $21.95

If someone you care about — a family member, co-worker, or close friend — has recently announced that their family will be growing through adoption, you may have questions. After all, unless you have personally experienced adoption, you may know very little about how adoption works and what it means. Adoption is a Family Affair will answer all of your questions, and more. This short book is crammed full of the 'need to know' information for friends and families that will help to encourage informed, happy and healthy family relationships.


The Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child, 3rd edition. Laura Beauvais-Godwin & Raymond Godwin, $20.95

Whether you choose to pursue independent, agency, or international adoption, The Complete Adoption Book is the most comprehensive and authoritative adoption book you can use to guide you through the process. As adoption professionals and adoptive parents, authors Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond Godwin bring expertise and compassion to every situation an adopting parent is likely to encounter.

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The Family of Adoption, Revised Edition. Joyce Maguire Pavao, $20.00

Joyce Maguire Pavao understands the many perspectives that come into the complicated process of adoption, and she works to make the process comfortable for all participants. As a pioneering and nationally recognized family and adoption therapist, Pavao argues eloquently in The Family of Adoption that there are predictable and understandable developmental stages and challenges for every adoptee. Pavao feels that adoptive parents, as well as teachers, therapists, and all those who work with children, must come to understand these developmental stages as normal, often challenging, but normal.

Full of wonderful stories that give insight into a wide variety of adoption issues, and now updated with a consideration of recent developments, The Family of Adoption is a powerful argument for the right kind of openness; it is truly the most insightful and healing book on the adoption shelf.


How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter. Madeleine Melcher, $27.95

This is a step-by-step guide to creating a portfolio which will reflect your personality, make a strong positive impact and encourage the right birth family to choose you. Madeleine Melcher shares the secrets she has discovered over years of creating successful portfolios, profiles and prospective birth parent letters. She combines simple and effective design ideas and tips for writing and layout with a deep understanding of how portfolios work. Importantly, this book also draws extensively on the experiences of birth mothers and the professionals who support them to examine what they are really looking for, featuring questions which prospective birth mothers will want to see answered in your portfolio. From text to design, this guide will give you the confidence to create a portfolio that sets you apart. It is essential reading for prospective adoptive parents, as well as adoption attorneys and adoption agencies advising those hoping to adopt.


Labor of the Heart: a Parentís Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption. Kathleen Whitten, $19.95

Adoptive parents often experience the double trial of emotional responses to infertility and to the process of adoption itself. Would-be adoptive parents cycle through grief, anger, fear, anxiety, frustration and guilt. All of these emotions cloud decision-making, at exactly the time that adoptive parents are making life-altering, irrevocable decisions.

Kathleen Whitten, a developmental psychologist and adoptive mother, separates fact from fiction and leads parents through the many emotions the process involves. Written in a reassuring, conversational tone, the author tells parents when they should listen to their heart and when practical considerations are too important to ignore. Each chapter features workbook section with constructive exercises and stimulating questions.

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Preparing for Adoption: Everything Adopting Parents Need to Know about Preparations, Introductions and the First Few Weeks. Julia Davis, $22.95

When you decide to adopt a child, you might assume that all the important work begins when the child comes to live with you. In fact the preparation stage before is crucial in ensuring that the adopted child will arrive to a safe and secure family. Preparing for Adoption provides clear advice on how to prepare for your adoptive child and create a strong foundation for a healthy and loving relationship. Julia Davis explains how many different factors can shape preparations for adoption, such as finding out about your child's history and using this information to establish a family environment which will meet your child's specific attachment needs. There is also advice on how to prepare your home to create a sense of safety for your child and how to prepare your family to support you as adoptive parents. 

Primarily for adopters, foster carers and professionals supporting adopters, this book offers ideas and strategies to help parents prepare a happy and settled home for children before their arrival and ways to parent them in the early days of becoming a family that addresses their attachment needs.


A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. Mary Ostyn, $17.99

A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family is written from the practical, experienced perspective of a mother ten. Whether your idea of a large family is three kids or 13, here is a commonsense approach to thriving in a bustling household and cherishing each child as an individual.


Secrets to Your Successful Domestic Adoption: Insider Advice to Create Your Forever Family Faster. Jennifer Joyce Pedley, $19.95

Jennifer Joyce Pedley is a birthmother and social worker, who's twenty years of both personal and professional experience will help you start your forever family more quickly and with less anxiety than you ever thought possible.


You CAN Adopt. Susan Caughman & Isolde Motley, $19.00

From deciding to homecoming — practical advice and real-life stories from adoptive families.

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Complete Booklist

Adopting After Infertility: Messages from Practice, Research and Personal Experience. Marilyn Crawshaw & Rachel Balen, Editors, $40.95

Adopting on Your Own: the Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent. Lee Varon, $17.95

Adoption is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know, Revised Edition. Patricia Irwin Johnston, $21.95

The Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child, 3rd edition. Laura Beauvais-Godwin & Raymond Godwin, $20.95

The Family of Adoption, Revised Edition. Joyce Maguire Pavao, $20.00

How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter. Madeleine Melcher, $27.95

Is Adoption for You? The Information You Need to Make the Right Choice. Christine Adamec, $22.99

Labor of the Heart: a Parent’s Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption. Kathleen Whitten, $19.95

Making Sense of Adoption:  a Parent's Guide. Lois Ruskai Melina, $16.50

Preparing for Adoption: Everything Adopting Parents Need to Know about Preparations, Introductions and the First Few Weeks. Julia Davis, $22.95

A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. Mary Ostyn, $17.99

Secrets to Your Successful Domestic Adoption: Insider Advice to Create Your Forever Family Faster. Jennifer Joyce Pedley, $19.95

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption: Everything You Need to Know about Domestic and International Adoption. Elizabeth Swire Falker, $20.99

Yes, You Can Adopt! A Comprehensive Guide to Adoption. Richard Minter, $18.95

You CAN Adopt. Susan Caughman & Isolde Motley, $19.00

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