Domestic Adoption Education Resources

The following books are presented to help you prepare for your adoption. Education is an important part of your adoption journey. Your agency may also provide you with a list of specific required education. 

General Adoption and Parenting

Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know, by Patricia Irwin Johnston

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, by Brodinsky, Schecter, and Nenig

Choosing Assisted Reproduction, by Susan Cooper and Ellen Glazer (Embryo Adoption)

How it Feels to be Adopted, by Jennifer Krementz

Raising Great Kids, by Dr. John Townsend (Christian-based parenting book)

Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted, by Susan Gabel (ages 10-14)

Talking with Young Children About Adoption, by Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher

Dear Birth Mother, Thank You for Our Baby, by Kathleen and Phylis Speedlin

Raising Adopted Children: Practical, Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent, by Lois Ruskai

Adopting After Infertility, by Pat Johnston

Open Adoption

Books on Child Development

Children's Books

A Blessing from Above, by Patti Henderson (good for embryo adoption)

A Koala for Katie, by Jonathan London

A Mother for Coco, by Keiko Kasra

Did My First Mother Love Me, by Kathryn Ann Miller

God Gave Us You, by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant

Families are Forever, by Deborah Capone (

Horace, by Holly Keller (Reading Rainbow book)

Is That Your Sister?, by Catherine and Sherry Bunin (for families with children who are adopting transracially)

Just in Case You Ever Wonder, by Max LucadoThe Keeping Quilt, by Patricia Polacco (September 1994)

Let’s Talk About It: Adoption, by Fred Rogers

Little Miss Spider, by David Kirk

A Little Story About a Big Turnip, by Tatiana Zunshine (ages 2-8)

Meagan’s Birthday Tree: A Story About Open Adoption, by Laurie Lears

Never Never Never Will She Stop Loving You, by Jolene Durrant

Oliver: A Story About Adoption, by Lois Wickstrom

Our Twitchy, by Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan

Sam’s Sister, by Juliet Bond (for children whose parent is placing a child for adoption)

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis

Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies, by Kristine Wise

Transracial Adoption

Developmental and Behavior Issues

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids, by Keck and Kupecky

Attaching in Adoption, by Deborah Gray

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awaking Love in Deeply Troubled Children, by Daniel Hughes

Can This Child Be Saved? Solutions for Adoptive and Foster Families, by Foster Cline

Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know, by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change, by Daniel Hughes

Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families, by Ronald Federici

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss, Revised Edition, by Claudia Jewett

Love is a Start…The Real Challenges of Raising Children with Emotional Disorders: The true story of a mother raising children adopted domestically, with neurological differences, by Donna Shilts

Parenting From the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel

Parenting the Hurt Child, by Keck and Kupecky

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child, by Holly Van Gulden

Relationship of Learning Problems and Classroom Performance to Sensory Integration, by Marie Di Matties and Norma Quirk

Sensory Integration and the Child, by Jean Ayres

The A.D.D Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child, by Linda Thompson and William Sears

The Challenging Child, by Stanley Greenspan

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed. Child, by Pete WrightThe Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development, by John Bruer

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, by Sue Schwartz, Ph. D

The Out of Sync Child: Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Internet Resources

Adopt Shoppe – unique adoption gifts, books, and resources.

Adoptive Families Magazine

Focus on the Family – supporter of our Snowflakes program since July 1999.

Hannah’s Prayer – Christian support network for couples facing “infertility challenges.”

Tapestry Books – exclusively devoted to selling books on adoption. This is a great resource!!

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