Books on Adoption [Recommended Reading]
During the adoption process, you may have to deal with some highs and lows. The waiting for a birth mother to choose you can cause some anxiety and frustration. Preparing in case you get the call that a baby is available that day is also something you want to be prepared for. Doing some research and reading about other’s stories may give you some insight and comfort.
If you are coming from a history of infertility, you may have some emotions to work through. If you have children already and are looking to grow your family through adoption, you will want to prepare your other children. Perhaps you are adopting a child of another race, you might want to research transracial adoption. There are so many different adoption scenarios and reading up on the specific aspects of your adoption story is important for your family.
Being prepared to parent your adopted child is another part of the adoption process. Knowing what to expect when you come home with your baby, toddler, or older child will give you much more confidence and create a smoother transition. Books such as Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge can be invaluable. You will be able to engage in some actions that adopted children say helped them when they were adopted and avoid some behaviors that they found unhelpful.
Reading to Your Child
Once you know the age of the child you are adopting, you will also want to stock up on age-appropriate adoption books for kids to read to them. There are some wonderful books that will help you explain adoption to your child. There are books geared toward each age, so you can make adoption part of their language and understanding from the very beginning. Children who understand their adoption story and who are shown it as a positive and loving story are happier and have higher self-esteem. You don’t need to get caught up looking for your exact story. When children read stories of other adoptions, it helps them realize that families are all different. Some children are adopted from another country, some come from foster care, and some are adopted as infants.
As your child grows and they begin to read for themselves, seek out some positive adoption stories for them to read. Knowing that there are so many other children out there who are adopted and that it was a gift of love from their birth parents and a dream come true for you will reinforce their positive feeling towards adoption.
Learning about birth mothers and what they are experiencing can also be enlightening. If you are chosen by an expectant mother, being able to empathize with her and connect with her will be a great gift for all of you. If you read about what is happening at each stage of her pregnancy and, if she is open to it, talk with her about it, it can create a bond. She will know you are invested in her and her baby, and this can make her feel more confident about her choice.
There are even books such as In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends, which won a Mom’s choice award on Amazon. This is a book you can gift to your friends and relatives so they can understand what you are going through. Many times people around you may say the wrong thing or not know what to say. This will help them understand how to be a positive part of your adoption.
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Books For Adoptive Parents
- In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption
- Blessed by Adoption: One Mom’s Stories, Scriptures, and Prayers to Comfort You and Remind You That You’re Not Alone
- 20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed
- The Adoptive Parent Toolbox
- The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole
- Adoptive Parent Intentional Parent: A Formula for Building & Maintaining Your Child’s Safety Net
- Lionheart: The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families
- Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory
- Tandem: A Devotional for Adopting with God in the Lead
- Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents
- Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
- Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
- Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma
- Called to Adoption: A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call
- Brothers and Sisters in Adoption
- Adopting After Infertility
- Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft
- Inside Transracial Adoption
- Parenting in Transracial Adoption: Real Questions and Real Answers
- Refuel Your Wait: Find Hope and Overcome Fear While Adopting
- Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption
Adoption Books for Kids
- The Story of My Open Adoption: A Storybook for Children Adopted at Birth
- Yes, I’m Adopted!
- The Star That Was You: An Adoption Story
- The Invisible String
- My Family, My Journey: A Baby Book for Adoptive Families
- The Adoption Tree
- Gus Becomes a Big Brother: An Adoption Story
- And That’s Why She’s My Mama
- I Wished for You: An Adoption Story For Kids
- Mommy and Me Don’t Match
- The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood
- My Fairy Birthmother: A Keepsake Storybook for Birthmothers, Adopted Children & Their Families
- Adoption Is Love
- A Koala for Katie: An Adoption Story
- Little Miss Spider
- Why Didn’t She Keep Me?: Answers to the Question Every Adopted Child Asks…
- How It Feels to Be Adopted
Books For Birth Parents
- The Book of Answers from your Birth Mother: A Guided Journal for Birth Mothers
- To Have and Not to Hold: The Bonding of Two Mothers through Adoption
- So I Was Thinking About Adoption…Consider Your Choices
- Pivot: Post-Placement Curriculum for Birth Parent Care: Workbook
- 12 Steps for Birth Parent Grief: Navigating the Adoption Grief Process
- Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption
- The Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption
Adoption will be a part of your life forever, whether you are an adoptive parent, birth parent, or adopted child. Knowing what speed bumps to watch for and gaining some life tools that will enhance your adoption journey is an important key. Knowledge is a gift we give ourselves and share with those we love.
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