Reading List

Books for Adults

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens
Debbie Riley

Case studies and treatment considerations for therapists and parents

Building the Bonds of Attachment
Dan Hughes

Illustrates the process of repairing children who have been severely damaged by abuse and neglect.

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss
Claudia Jewett Jarratt

Here is compassionate, step-by-step guidance for any concerned adult who wants to help a child talk about, cope with, and recover from a loss.

Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture
Marianne Novy, ED

A collection of essays about literary portrayals of adoption and adoption themes.

Inside Transracial Adoption
Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg

An up-to-date book which covers all of the complexities of transracial adoption from a personal and well-informed perspective.

Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child
Beth O’Malley

Lifebooks help families answer difficult questions and provide a link between adoptees and their history. This resource will help you create a treasure for your child.

Making Sense of Adoption, A Parent’s Guide
Lois Ruskai Melina

Basic sound information.

Parenting Resources Manual of the Transracial Parenting Project

Available from the North American Council on Adoptable Children,
970 Raymond Ave., Suite 106, St. Paul, MN 55114-1149.
Created as a guide for parents and professionals involved in transracial adoption.

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow
Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky

The authors explain how to manage a hurting child with loving wisdom and resolve, and how to preserve your stability while untangling a thorny heart.

Perspectives on a Grafted Tree
Compiled by Patricia Irwin Johnston

Poems expressing the emotions of adoption. A wonderful gift book.

Books for Children

Why Am I Different
Norma Simon

Children explain the many things that make them unique. Mentions adoption, but does not focus on it.

William is My Brother
Jane T. Schnitter

This story focuses on families built by both birth and adoption through the eyes of Tony, who was born to the family.

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