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Helpful books about adoption

adoption booksAdoption can be incredibly stressful, especially during the unprecedented lockdowns and social distancing caused by the coronavirus. There are endless questions, and the questions don’t stop once the adoption happens. We’ve put together this list of amazing books that will help you through your adoption journey. Whether you’re a first-time adoptive family or you’ve adopted before, these books will help you prepare for your adoption and help you parent your adopted child.

These are all available at your local library, but you’ll most likely want to purchase them to keep, so we’ve included links to buy the books on Amazon.

Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It; Straight Answers to Heartfelt Questions

by Ray Guarendi
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This book is written by a psychologist who is the father of ten adopted children, and he shares the most common questions about adoption. It’s a great book to break down the misconceptions and myths about adoption, and it’s a great guide for adpotive partents for leading a relaxed, rewarding family life.

The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family

by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Sunshine
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This book is written by two research psychologists who specialize in adoption and attachment. The book will help you build bonds of affection and trust, deal with any behavioral issues, and discipline your child with love.

Talking with Young Children about Adoption

by Mary Watkins
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This one was written by a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist – and both are adoptive mothers. It talks about how children make sense of being adopted and potential worries parents might have. It also shares the accounts of 20 adoptive families and how they discussed adoption with their children.

Attaching in Adoption

by Deborah Gray
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This book covers various ways to form attachment with adopted children and offers multiple approaches to parenting and teaching your child.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

by Sherrie Eldridge
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This book provides an unmatched view into the heart and mind of an adopted child, from the perspective of adopted children. It includes awesome advice for parenting, addressing past issues, and ensuring a loving future for your family.

Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood

by Jim Fay
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This book provides awesome tools to help you raise kids who grow up to be responsible, successful adults – covering all stages of your child’s life.

Brown Babies, Pink Parents

by Amy Ford
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This book provides an honest look into the realities of trans-racial adoptive families. Many times, adoptive parents have little to no preparation when it comes to raising a child of a different race, so this book covers many topics to help your family bond, create role models, and celebrate culture.

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