Reading List
Below is a listing by category of helpful and informative resource material. Please consult your local bookstore for pricing and availability.


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 Wishes 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 Peck, 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
Claudia 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.


Inside Transracial Adoption
Adoptive mothers and founders of Pact, An Adoption Alliance, Gail Steinberg and Beth 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.


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.