Reading List

Books for Adults

Playful Parenting
Lawrence J. Cohen

This is an exciting new approach to raising children that will help you nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, and encourage confidence. It is a welcome reminder that the serious business of parenthood can also be fun! A Family Builders favorite.

Raising Adopted Children, A Manual for Adoptive Parents
Lois Ruskai Melina

An excellent source of sound information

Real Parents, Real Children
Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb

An adoptive parent and professional brings a wealth of insight and practical advice to parents.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Guides the way to peace and tranquility with humor, compassion and understanding, making life easier for both siblings and their parents.

The Adoption Life Cycle: The Children and Their Families Through the Years
Elinor B. Rosenberg

This book looks at research and theory relating to adoptive families and the issues they face over the years.

The Adoption Reader
Susan Wadia-Ellis, ED

The stories in this collection are told by birth mothers, adoptive mothers, and adopted daughters. They provide valuable insights into the adoption experience.

The Family of Adoption
Joyce Maguire Pavao

This is a must read for parents and professionals. Dr. Pavao illustrates through stories her view that adoption affects all involved through generations in a predictable and normal way. It provides a framework for thinking about adoption and adoptive family life.

The Open Adoption Experience
Lois Ruskai Melina and Sharon Kaplan Roszia

A bible for everyone involved in or considering open adoption and for those who want to learn more about it.

Twenty Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make
Sherrie Eldridge

A celebration of adoption, this book is based on the fact that adoption raises some of life’s most difficult questions, but also creates opportunities to truly understand yourself. It invigorates the healing process by engaging the difficult questions and emphasizing your ability to take control of your emotions through the choices you make.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
Sherrie Eldridge

This book gives voice to children’s unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame.

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