The Ultimate Adoption Resource List – check out the list below for children’s & adult books, website, blogs, podcasts, documentaries, educational videos & more!

FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

  • Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients & Clinicians on Processing & Healing Post-Adoption Issues Laura Dennis

ADOPTION DOCUMENTARIES, MOVIES & EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

  • Adopted – Full movie online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYI686su6PY
  • Approved for Adoption
  • BWPS Education – Series of short educational videos: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bwpseducation
  • Closure
  • The Dark Matter of Love
  • Girl, Adopted
  • Off & Running
  • Somewhere Between
  • Twinsters
  • You Follow

 RECOMMENDED ADOPTEE BLOGS, PODCASTS & WEBSITES

  • The Adopted Life (Angela Tucker): http://www.theadoptedlife.com
  • Adoptees On Podcast: http://www.adopteeson.com
  • Anne Heffron: http://www.anneheffron.com
  • Beyond Words Psychological Services: http://www.growbeyondwords.com/Blog
  • The Declassified Adoptee: http://www.declassifiedadoptee.com
  • Dear Adoption: https://dearadoption.com
  • Harlow’s Monkey: https://harlows-monkey.com
  • John Raible Online: https://johnraible.wordpress.com
  • Land of Gazillion Adoptees: http://landofgazillionadoptees.com
  • Liz Latty: https://www.liz-latty.com
  • The Lost Daughters: http://www.thelostdaughters.com
  • My Mind on Paper: https://mymindonpaper.wordpress.com
  • Reshma McClintock: http://www.writtenbyresh.com
  • Tara Vanderwoude: http://www.taravanderwoude.com
  • Transracial Adoption Perspectives: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transracialperspectives
  • Trauma to Treasure: A Healing Journey: https://traumatotreasure.wordpress.com

ADOPTION  & TRANSRACIAL/CULTURAL BOOKS FOR KIDS

  • Adoption is a Lifelong Journey Kelly DiBenedetto, Katie Gorczyca & Jennifer Eckert
  • The Colors of Us Karen Katz
  • Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Foster Youth Diane Rene Christian & Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman
  • A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story John DeGarmo
  • EMPOWRD! Ways to Respond to Adoption Questions Chaitra Wirta-Leiker
  • Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights Julie Nelson
  • How I Was Adopted Joanna Cole
  • I Don’t Have Your Eyes Carrie Kitze
  • I Love My Hair! Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • It’s Okay to Be Different Todd Parr
  • A Long Way from Home Rey Sirakavit
  • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care Jennifer Wilgocki
  • My Adoption Story: Sticker Activity Book Chaitra Wirta-Leiker
  • Sesame Street: We’re Different, We’re the Same Bobbi Jane Kates
  • Shades of People Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly
  • The Skin You Live In Michael Tyler
  • Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, & Brownies with Sprinkles Darlene Friedman
  • Three Little Words: A Memoir Ashley Rhodes-Courter (for older teens)
  • We Are Family Patricia Hegarty
  • Yafi’s Family: An Ethiopian Boy’s Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption Linda Pettitt

ADOPTION BOOKS FOR RELATIVES & FRIENDS

  • Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives & Friends Must Know Patricia Irwin Johnston
  • I’m On It:  What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption, A Guide For Relatives & Friends Elisabeth O’Toole

ADOPTION, RACIAL IDENTITY & PARENTING BOOKS FOR ADULTS

  • Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections Jean MacLeod & Dr. Sheena Macrae
  • Are Those Kids Yours? Cheri Register
  • Attaching in Adoption Deborah Gray
  • Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens Debbie Riley & John Meeks (C.A.S.E.)
  • Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors Heather Forbes & B. Bryan Post
  • Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space Diane Rene Christian
  • Black Baby White Hands: A View From the Crib Jaiya John
  • A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America Shaqif Abdussabur
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain Daniel Siegel
  • The Connected Child Karen Purvis & Dr. David Cross
  • The Family of Adoption Joyce Maguire Pavao
  • Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow Carol Kranowitz
  • The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee Susan Harris O’Connor
  • In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories Rita Simon & Rhonda Roorda
  • In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees Rita Simon & Rhonda Roorda
  • In Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters Rita Simon & Rhonda Roorda
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
  • Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness Betty Jean Lifton
  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind Daniel Siegel & Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
  • Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption Jane Jeong Trenka & Julie Chinyere Oparah
  • Parenting from the Inside Out Daniel Siegel
  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal & Grow Gregory Keck
  • Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years Patty Cogen
  • The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child Nancy Verrier
  • The Secret Life of the Unborn Child Thomas Verny
  • The Skin We’re In: Teaching Our Teens to Be Emotionally Strong, Socially Smart, and Spiritually Connected Janie Victoria Ward
  • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past Betsy Keefer Smalley & Jane Schooler
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind Daniel Siegel
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • 4 Books by Dave Pelzer: A Child Called “It”; The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family; The Privilege of Youth; A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness