What books about adoption would you recommend?

What books about adoption would you recommend?


  • edited March 12
    If you're adopting a child from foster care or internationally, you'll need to immerse yourself in the world of attachment-focused parenting approaches. The following books address child brain development and how to help undo the damage done by early life trauma through attachment parenting.

    There are some really great ones out there I've heard recommended time and time again. Here are a few:

    Attaching in Adoption, by Deborah Gray

    Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting, by Mary Ostyn

    The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons

    Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child, by Lark Exchleman

    The Whole Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel

    You'll also want to beef up your children's library with books about adoption for kids. Some good ones:

    A Mother for Choco

    God Found us You

    Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (Jamie Lee Curtis' story is beautiful!)

    Welcome Home, Little Baby (this one is perfect for transracial families!)

    Families Are Different (a children's book written from the perspective of a Korean adoptee)

    Horace (another good one about transracial adoption)

    Over the Moon (a great one for international adoption)

    The Best for You (written by a birth mother - perfect for domestic infant adoptions!)

    Star of the Week (helps with identity development, addresses international and transracial adoption themes)

    Here are some more resources to help you get started!

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