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Labor of the Heart: A Parent's Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption

by Ph. D. Whitten

As would-be parents cycle through the adoption process, they balance anxiety and fear with the life-altering decision of adoption. The emotional toll of this dance can be completely overwhelming and can confuse...


The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

by Ann Fessler

In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due...


The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family

by Karyn Purvis & David Cross

"An extremely useful parenting handbook... truly outstanding ... strongly recommended."

--Library Journal (starred review)

"A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike."

--Thomas Atwood, president...


The Third Floor

by Judi Loren Grace

A 15 year old girl, raised in a rural farming community is sent to an inner city to live and hide in a Home for unwed mothers. Written in the voice of the fifteen year old from letters saved from her best friend...


Adoption Not an Option: A Métis Woman Torn from her Family and her 40 year Battle to Find Them Again

by Eugenea Couture

Follow this family's journey as they learn how to reclaim their identity and power. Elaine is a young mother who loses her five children to her abusive husband when he takes them and vanishes. Elaine's middle...


Adopted One and All

by Cathy Slikker-Vlahos

Do you struggle to explain adoption to children? Want to make clear the love behind it? Would it be news to you to find out that we are all adopted? Discussing this wonderful promise to love can be challenging....


Dadprovement: A Journey from Careerist to Adoptive Father to a Real Husband and Dad

by Patrick R. Riccards

Inspiration for any parent wrestling with society’s expectations and acknowledging (and cherishing) what really matters...

Sometimes staggering events happen in life and we’re thrown completely off balance....


Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder

by Tina Traster & Melissa Fay Greene

In moving and refreshingly candid prose, Rescuing Julia Twice tells Traster’s foreign-adoption story, from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of...


Secret Thoughts of An Adoptive Mother

by Wolff Jana

While books about adoption proliferate, none of them addresses the subject of open and interracial adoption like Jana Wolff's personal and frank account does in [i]Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother[/i]....


Fostering Uncertainty: The Hidden Side of Foster Care

by Lisa P. Stone

When Matt and his foster mom showed up at the strawberry patch, the boys were excited, but at the same time, they were sad. I guess it brought back the memory of the day that they were taken. It must have been...


Full Circle Adoption: The True Story of a Mothers Trials, Tragedies and Miracles Regarding Adoption

by Yvette Hale

Yvette Hale experienced firsthand the struggles of building a family from scratch over and over. Through childbirth and adoption, Yvette struggles with divorce, remarriage, child-rearing, and even a surgery...


The Journey for Mama's Babies

by Melissa R. Pandolf

Melissa Pandolf has never been one to let a few rules stand in her way. So when she and her husband, Doug, began the adoption process, the hopeful mother-to-be had her sights set on quickly welcoming two beaming...


Therapy with Single Parents: A Social Constructionist Approach

by Joan D Atwood & Frank Genovese

Provide effective counseling to members of single-parent families

With more than half of all first marriages ending in divorce, it’s time to re-think the notion that “divorce” means “failure.” Therapy with...


Lives Interrupted: The Unwanted Pregnancy Dilemma

by Jeanne G Miller

After the shock of discovering that you are pregnant and don't want to be or have just been given the diagnosis that there will be a medical situation with you pregnancy, what are your options for your pregnancy,...


Forever Lily: An Unexpected Mother's Journey to Adoption in China

by Beth Nonte Russell

"Will you take her?" she asks.

When Beth Nonte Russell travels to China to help her friend Alex adopt a baby girl from an orphanage there, she thinks it will be an adventure, a chance to see the world. But...


Late Discoveries: An Adoptee's Quest for Truth

by Bennett Susan

Late discovery adoptees have a lot of catching up to do... Susan was forty-three years old before she ordered a DNA test and learned the truth that she had long suspected: that she was adopted. By this time,...


Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year

by Randall Hicks

Authored by one of the nation's leading adoption attorneys, ADOPTING IN AMERICA is the ultimate "how to" book for anyone thinking of adopting. Written in a clear style, it details every type of adoption. This...


An Empty Lap: One Couple's Journey to Parenthood

by Jill Smolowe

"Joe and I had been forthright about children. I was pretty sure I wanted them, Joe was pretty sure he didn't. Since we each perceived in the other some room for movement, the difference didn't worry us. Then...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption, 2nd Edition

by Christine Adamec

"A beacon through the often tangled and varied paths to parenting through adoption."- William Pierce, President, National Council for Adoption

Hailed as "an extremely valuable resource" by Jann Heffner, executive...


Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love

by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum & Janet M Wright

Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love explores five lesbian step families’definitions of the step parent role and how they accomplish parenting tasks, cope with homophobia, and define and interpret...