RESOURCES

Websites
Adopt Ontario
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
OACAS
Adoption Council of Ontario

Reading List
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GENERAL ADOPTION

Making Sense of Adoption by Lois Melina
Conversations and activities for families formed through adoption, donor insemination, surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization.

Raising Adopted Children by Lois Melina
A classic. Covers the basics of parenting after adoption - the transition to adoptive parenting, bonding and attachment, talking with children about adoption, sexuality, adolescence and transracial adoption.

Toddler Adoption, The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best
A look at the unique challenges of parenting a child who arrives in the adoptive family older than infancy but younger than kindergarten age. This helpful guide offers support and practical tools for transitioning and promoting attachment

Real Parents, Real Children by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb
One of the leading adoption experts covers infancy through adulthood, nurturing positive identity, building healthy family, talking about birth parents, international, interracial, and same-race adoptions.

20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Families Knew
by adoptee and author Sherrie Eldridge
She talks about mourning birth parents, identity issues, suggestions for discussing adoption with kids, and more.

A Child’s Journey Through Placement
by Vera Fahlberg
Provides the foundations and resources and tools to help professionals, parents and others who care for children to help them along the road to adulthood.

Adopting the Older Child
by Claudia L. Jewett
Explains what's in store for those who open their hearts to a waiting child.

Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck, PhD, and Regina Kupecky, L.S.W
Find out who the challenged children are, why they hurt, where the system lets them down, and what caring adults can do to help.

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss by Claudia Jewett
Jewett offers techniques to help children resolve their grief. She describes the stages of mourning and the behaviors that can be expected from children at each stage.

MULTIRACIAL ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall
Adoptive mothers and founders of Pact, An Adoption Alliance, Steinberg and Hall have written the definitive book on "How to get to that place where it almost feels fun to let people wonder how you and your kids could so clearly belong to one another when you look so different!" A must-read for all multiracial families.

OPEN ADOPTION

The Open Adoption Experience by Sharon Kaplan and Lois Melina
This jam-packed book covers all stages of the adoption relationship from placement to adjustment to the first year and on through adolescence.