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|How to Train Your Dragon 2 |
Hiccup is a young Viking enjoying his life. He is the son of Stoick the Vast, the chief of the village of Berk. Hiccup is preparing to marry Astrid, a beautiful young woman and an accomplished dragon rider. Hiccup is also enjoying exploring the world on the back of his dragon, Toothless. Together they are discovering new lands, and learning how to help each other fly. On one journey, Hiccup, Astrid and their dragons are capture by Eret son of Eret, a dragon trapper who is working for the villainous Drago Bludvist.
|A Gift for Little Tree|
A Parable About Apples, Adoption and Love
By Colleen D.C. Marquez
“A Gift for Little Tree,” the story of a fruitless apple tree, an abundant apple orchard, one wise farmer, and the gift of family. A parable about infertility and adoption, this heartwarming story tells of an apple tree who is unable to bear fruit — no matter how hard she tries — until a wise farmer finds a way to help her.
Filmmakers Michael Dudko and Olga Rudnieva
Filmmakers and couple Michael Dudko and Olga Rudnieva explore the idea of parenthood and specifically, adopting. After Sir Elton John and his partner are denied adopting from Ukraine, Dudko and Rudnieva evaluate their own desire to adopt and investigate the idea of “who is good enough to be a parent” and who makes those decisions.
Directed by Amma Asante
In 1769 England, Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice and highest judge in all of England must rule on a case which threatens to disrupt the nation’s vast slave-based economy. Bound by the codes of the aristocracy, Lord Mansfield is also raising two of his nieces, Elizabeth and Dido. Dido’s inclusion in his household has caused a scandal because Dido is the mixed-race daughter of Mansfield’s nephew and a slave. All of England waits as Mansfield prepares to rule on what is legal and on what is right.
|Jack & Emma’s Adoptee Journey|
By Pam Kroskie, Illustrated by Ashleigh McGill
How do you fit a million unique personal stories into a 20-page book? Just ask first-time author Pam Kroskie about “Jack & Emma’s Adoptee Journey” and her secret to helping adoptees of all ages tell their adoption stories.
|Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery|
By Charles A. Nelson, Nathan A. Fox & Charles H. Zeanah
The implications of early experience for children’s brain development, behavior, and psychological functioning have long absorbed caregivers, researchers and clinicians. The 1989 fall of Romania’s Ceausecu regime left approximately 170,000 children in 700 overcrowded, impoverished institutions across Romania, and prompted the most comprehensive study to date on the effects of institutionalization on children’s well-being.
|Rescuing Julia Twice|
A Mother’s Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder
By Tina Traster Foreward by Melissa Fay Greene
After struggling through infertility treatments, Tina Traster and her husband Ricky turn to intercountry adoption. And adopting from Russia seemed like the perfect answer. In “Rescuing Julia Twice,” Traster chronicles the journey to Siberia to meet their daughter for the first time. Braving the cold Siberian winter, the couple meets 7-month-old Julia. New to parenting, the couple has little experience with children and none with parenting.
|Wish You Happy Forever|
What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains
By Jenny Bowen, Founder of Half The Sky Foundation
In the summer of 1998, Jenny Bowen looked out her kitchen window into her garden, and her life changed forever. Her 3-year-old daughter Maya, whom she and her husband had adopted months earlier from an orphanage in China, had transformed from a vacant-eyed, sickly little girl into a joyous toddler thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved. Watching her daughter play, Bowen was overcome with the desire to help the orphaned children she couldn’t bring home.
|Inside Transracial Adoption |
Strength-based, Culture-sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Inter-country or Domestic Adoptive Families That Don’t “Match” Second Edition
By Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg
Eureka! I have found the answers to questions I would have asked about transracial adoption if only I had known what to ask! Methodically organized and with a sprinkling of humor in appropriate places, authors Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg pack 60-plus years of combined personal experience into this updated second edition.
|A Challenged Life: Raising a Child with Special Needs|
By Danielle Zimmerman
One of the most common prayers of pregnant women is for a healthy newborn. The prayers continued until a new bundle of joy is placed in the new mother’s arms. But what happens when your newborn isn’t healthy? What happens when you’re immediately faced with hurdles trying to find help for your sick child? Nothing prepared Danielle Zimmerman for the turn her life would take when Abigail was born, which chronicles their journey in “A Challenged Life: Raising a Child with Special Needs.”
|The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption|
Helping Your Child Grow up Whole
By Lori Holden with Crystal Hass
Lori Holden opens the idea of open adoption to readers in the new book, “The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption.” An adoptive parent who has two open adoptions with her children’s birth parents, Holden takes readers into the intricacies and delicacies of open adoption. Written with the help of her daughter’s birth mother, Crystal Hass, Holden shares stories from all sides of the open adoption experience.
|March into My Heart|
A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters and Adoption
After her mother died of cancer, Patty Lazarus always felt like something was missing. The mother of two young boys, she longed to share a mother-daughter type relationship with someone again. While she appeared to have it all as a stay-at-home mom, she couldn’t shake the feeling that she needed something more. After some discussion, she and her husband decided to try to add a girl to their family through reproductive technologies.
|The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility|
By Margaret Homans
“The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility” addresses a series of questions about common beliefs about adoption. Underlying these beliefs is the assumption that human qualities are innate and intrinsic, and assumption often held by adoptees and their families, sometimes at great emotional cost.
|Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption|
By Arleta James
Adoption is a big step which can change the whole dynamics of the family. It is crucial that parents understand the impact it has when such new sibling relationships are forged as the adoptee becomes a part of the family. “Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption” is a comprehensive, yet accessible guide that describes the whole range of the adoption process and the effects of adoption on every member of the family, including the adopted child.
|Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America|
By Catherine Ceniza Choy
In the last 50 years, transnational adoption — specifically, the adoption of Asian children — has exploded in popularity as an alternative path to family formation. Despite the cultural acceptance of this practice, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the factors that allowed Asian international adoption to flourish. In Global Families, Catherine Ceniza Choy unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States.
|Voices of the Forgotten: Thirty Years of the International Foster Care Organization: IFCO|
By Emily Jean McFadden and Myrna McNitt
There are no shortages of local foster parent organizations. That’s a good thing. But what’s even better is the International Foster Care Organization, or IFCO. This may come as a surprise to many people, but IFCO has been around for 30 plus years. To celebrate IFCO’s long history and advocacy, Emily Jean McFadden and Myrna McNitt edited a collective history with stories from those who have been involved in IFCO throughout the years.
|Native Womb: Going Back To The Beginning|
By Michael Williams
“Native Womb” is a non-fiction, faith-based memoir account of a miracle family reunion. This African American family was reunited after being abruptly separated from each other since 1979 by a decision of New York City’s Child Welfare System. The highlight of this amazing story focuses on the chance that a young Black man could successfully locate his biological mother after an 18 year separation.
|The Interracial Adoption Option: |
Creating A Family Across Race
By Marlene G. Fine and Fern L. Johnson
“The Interracial Adoption Option” is a personal guide to interracial adoption which draws on the experiences of the authors, a white American couple, who adopt two African American children. Starting from their decision to adopt their first child interracially, it describes the situations and decisions that followed as a result of their children’s background.
|Regulation is Relationship Dependent: Taking It Home|
A Survival Tool Kit for Parents
By M. Sue Grantham, M.Ed., LPC,
and Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC
Parenting children who have come through the foster care system or have early life trauma can be challenging. But now there’s a super handy, easy-to-use guide for families in the pamphlet, “Regulation is Relationship Dependent: Taking it Home.” Created by the team at Coaching for Life, the pamphlet provides some basic information that can transform your life.
Produced by Melanie Judd and Susan Motamed
Thirteen-year-old Weynsht lives in an Ethiopian orphanage after her parents die. She dreams of the day she will be adopted and move to the American dreamland. When her parents Chris and Melanie Ward arrive from Arkansas to adopt her, she believes her wish has come true. “Girl, Adopted” follows the journey of Weynsht from her Addis Ababa orphanage to her life in America.
|Anna Mei, Cartoon Girl|
By Carol A. Grund
Anyone who remembers sixth grade knows it’s not a time when kids celebrate uniqueness. In fact, “fitting in” is often number one on their to-do list. Unfortunately for Anna Mei Anderson, the main character in this novel for middle-grade readers, that goal is especially challenging. Anna Mei has had to leave her friends behind to start all over again in a new town.
|Devotions of Comfort and Hope |
for Adoptive and Foster Moms
By Carol Lozier, LCSW with Lisa Edmunds
Where do you turn to in your darkest hour or in your greatest moment of Joy? Who gives you strength when you’re just starting the adoption process or struggling with your child’s difficult behaviors? For many, the answer would be to God or the bible. The new book, “Devotions of Comfort and Hope for Adoptive and Foster Moms” is the perfect answer for families struggling for help or needing affirmation of the path they’re traveling and the work they’re doing.
Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road
Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids
By Hector and Sue Badeau
When Sue and Hector Badeau started their life together they had a dream of family, and while adoption was included in their dreams, nobody could have predicted that the couple would adopt 20 children. In addition to their adopted children, the Badeaus have two biological children and have grown a unique family, to say the least.
|Why Can't My Child Behave?|
By Dr. Amber Elliott
“Why Can’t My Child Behave?” provides friendly expert advice on how to respond to difficult behaviours and emotions for parents of children with developmental trauma. Each chapter focuses on the common difficulties faced by carers or parents and features quick, applicable ideas with exercises and illustrations. How do you react to a child’s difficult behavior? How do you deal with your own negative emotions? How do you know when to be empathic?
|The Essential Guide to Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Protecting Children and Teens from Physical, Emotional, and Online Bullying|
By Cindy Miller, LCSW and Cynthia Lowen
All too often, headlines expose the tragic consequences of child or teen bullying. As a parent, teacher, mental health professional or youth leader, you might feel helpless against bullying, but you do have the power to stop it. This valuable guide equips you with the knowledge you need to recognize different types of bullying, from teasing to more severe behaviors to digital abuse and cyber bullying.
|Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption|
By Arleta James
Adoption is a big step which can change the whole dynamics of the family. It is crucial that parents understand the impact it has when new sibling relationships are forged as the adoptee becomes part of a family. “Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption” is a comprehensive, yet accessible guide that describes the whole range of the adoption process and the effects of adoption on every member of the family, including the adopted child.
Murphy Lives Here
By Dr. Merryl J. Polak
With more than 7.3 million people in the United States who have been affected by infertility, the challenges couples face is fairly common. However, the struggles couples experience to go through to get pregnant are not often discussed. Dr. Merryl J. Polak gives voice to many of the ups and downs and challenges couples face in the new book, “Murphy Lives Here.” Having experienced her own challenges with infertility, Polak gives those struggles voice through Emma and William.
Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption
By Dr. Jane Aronson
The “golden age” of international adoption is over, concluded Dr. Aronson on page 301 of her book. Although statistically speaking she is correct (after its peak in 2004, the flow of international adoptees to the United States is steadily diminishing), the audience for the book is vast. For many thousands of individuals, couples and families, adoption from overseas orphanages still remains a dream, a goal, and a course of action.
|My Name is Faith|
Produced by Tiffany Sudela-Junker, Jason Banker and Jorge Torres-Torres
with Executive Producer Jonathan Dana
Little Faith’s journey has been challenging. Born to drug and alcohol addicted parents, she was not only responsible for herself, but also for her younger brother.
Love No Matter What: When Your Kids
Make Decisions You Don't Agree With
By Brenda Garrison
Kids will make decisions their parents don’t agree with. Preventing that is impossible so responding to it in a productive way is crucial. In “Love No Matter What,” Brenda Garrison and her daughter Katie share what worked and did not work as Katie made poor decision after poor decision through her teen years.
|Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, A Mother’s Courage, A Race to Freedom|
By Kim de Blecourt with Ginger Kolbaba
Many parents, when choosing to adopt, decide to go with international adoption. Even though many families experience safe, trouble free intercountry adoptions, this process can be very time consuming and challenging. But when Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, nothing could have prepared them...
|But the Greatest of These is Love|
By Debbie Barrow Michael
Debbie Barrow Michael was comfortable with her life with her husband and three kids, but there was something that she couldn’t shake. There was something pulling her to answer a call and open her heart and home to another child. “But the Greatest of These is Love” is Michael’s story of how that call forever changed her life. Michael chronicles her journey from her time as an average stay-at-home mom to her transition back into the workforce.
|Chasing China: A Daughter’s Quest for Truth|
By Kay Bratt
Traveling to China, Mia wanted answers. Adopted as a toddler from China and raised in the United States, Mia was thankful for her adoptive family, but she wanted to know more about her early childhood. Mia visits her orphanage in the hopes of reconnecting with someone in her past, but is left with more questions than answers.
|Swings Hanging From Every Tree|
Daily Inspirations for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Compiled and Edited by Ramona Cunningham
As the saying applies to this publication, ‘The old is forever new’ and so it is with Swings Hanging From Every Tree. First published in 2001 by Wood ‘n Barnes, this second edition received a dramatic facelift...
|Daughter of a Thousand Pieces of Gold|
By Peg Helminski
In China the birth of a boy is considered lucky as couples will have a son to take care of them in old age. Since 1978, China’s one-child policy has been credited with an increase in forced abortions, female infanticide and the abandonment of infant girls and children with special needs.
By Kay Bratt
Award-winning writer Kay Bratt shares another inspirational tale connected to China adoption in the short story, “The Bridge.” The story follows the journey of one old woman who has the unfortunate (or fortunate) experience of living next to “the lucky bridge” in Suzhou, China. As such a neighbor to the bridge, the old woman, Lao Jing, has found countess abandoned children at the bridge who have been left by biological parents hoping their children...
|Finding Family: |
My Search for Roots and the Secrets of My DNA
By Richard Hill
After discovering at age 18 that he was adopted as an infant, Richard Hill launches into a lifelong journey of discovery that he chronicles in “Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets of My DNA.” As his search begins, he discovers the difficulties adoptees often face when trying to locate birth parents...
|God, Are You Nice or Mean?|
By Debra Delulio Jones, M.Ed.
Like many adoptive parents, Debra Delulio Jones and her husband decided to adopt after feeling a strong tug at their hearts. Described as being called by God to adopt, the family found their son in a Romanian orphanage. As if adopting from a third-world country wasn’t a big enough leap of faith, the next several years of the Jones’ journey would shake their faith at every turn.
|I Am That Child: Changing Hearts & Changing the World|
By Elizabeth Geitz
As the AIDS epidemic sweeps through Africa, millions of children are left without parents, living in poverty. The need is great for these children, but few step forward to assist them. However, one woman in Carmeroon is working to make a difference for a small number of children living at the Good Shepherd Home. Elizabeth Geitz shares the story of Sister Jane Mankaa.
|The Goodbye Baby: A Diary About Adoption|
By Elaine Pinkerton
Elaine Pinkerton is one of more than 5 million adoptees living in the United States — a painful fact that haunted Pinkerton for much of her adult life until unforeseen catalysts opened the door to her emotional past and changed her outlook for the better. Pinkerton embraces her past and shares candid, personal stories in her new memoir, “The Goodbye Baby: A Diary About Adoption.”
|Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale|
By Soma Han and John C. Strickler
Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn’t allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. Maya lives with her father, who is a poet and scholar. Maya’s mother had died when she was a young girl, but Maya remembers that her mother once told her that she had a dream...
|No Stone Unturned: A Father’s Memoir of His Son’s Encounter with Traumatic Brain Injury|
By Joel Goldstein
When Joel Goldstein and his wife Dayle welcomed a robust 5-month-old Korean boy into their lives, they enjoyed their healthy young son. But 16 years later, the Goldsteins would endure an incredible journey when their son Bart suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in a car accident.
|Daughters for a Time|
By Jennifer Handford
Struggling with infertility, Helen is reluctant to explore the option of adoption. Jennifer Handford’s new book, “Daughters for a Time” explores the vulnerability and frustrations couples often face as they struggle with infertility. As Helen begins to open her heart to adoption, she finally discovers the possibility of becoming a mother through the adoption on a Chinese daughter.
|360 Square: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity|
By Carol Lillieqvist Welsh
Adoption is a complicated issue – everyone involved has different perspectives, gains and losses. Few people have experienced all sides of adoption, but Carol Lillieqvist Welsh has the unique experience of being an adoptee, birth mother and adoptive mother. In “360 Square,” Welsh shares the extremely unique perspective...
|Parenting as Adoptees|
Edited by Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers
Cover art by Kelly J. Brownlee
Becoming a parent is life-changing, but for adoptees, becoming a parent can be one of the most profound moments of their lives. For many of them, it is the first time they meet someone who is connected to them by blood and the impact of that on their identity is immense.
|The 12 Gifts of Life: Finding Extraordinary Meaning in Ordinary Moments|
By Cindy Champnella, Ph.D.
For most people, the day we meet our children for the first time forever changes our lives. It changes the way we love, the way we look at life and so many other things. It’s one of the most powerful experiences anyone will ever have in their life.
|Nuzzle: Love Between a Boy and His Service Dog|
By Donnie Kanter Winokur
“Nuzzle: love between a boy and his service dog” is a book that can be read on many levels and by many ages. What looks like a children’s book is actually a profound story about the need to be loved, the need to be accepted, and the need to have a place in the world. It is a book about the strong connections that animals and humans have...
|Hope for Healing: A Parent’s Guide |
ATTACh’s “Hope for Healing” is written to serve as a comprehensive guide for parents and caregivers of children who struggle with issues of attachment, trauma, and the additional challenges that can accompany a child who has had a rough start in life. As a parent, I appreciate that at its heart this guide seems to be focused on fostering healing.
|White Parents, Black Children |
Experiencing Transracial Adoption
By Darron T. Smith, Cardell K. Jacobson, and Brenda G. Juarez
“White Parents, Black Children Experiencing Transracial Adoption” deals centrally with the contemporary societal reality of white parents adopting African American children. The authors draw on statistical data from surveys and on in-depth interviews with white adoptive parents and adopted African American children.
|My First Book of Korean Words:|
By Henry J. Amen IV, and Kyubyong Park, Illustrated by Aya Padron
Ji-min, an adorable Korean girl, is the star of “My First Book of Korean Words.”
|Home is a Roof Over a Pig|
By Aminta Arrington
Three years after adopting a Chinese-born orphan, Aminta Arrington and her husband uprooted their three young children from a Georgia suburb, embarking on a transformative quest to their daughter’s homeland. Home is a Roof Over a Pig chronicles this American family’s relocation and integration into small town China.
|A Twist of Faith: An American |
Christian’s Quest to Help Orphans in Africa
By John Donnelly
By the age of 32, David Nixon watched as his life spiraled out of control. He had lost his house and was living in his van with a Doberman and a wolf … he was a jobless, absent father who had just ended a 30-day crack binge; he had nothing, writes author John Donnelly.
in Internationally Adopted Children
By Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Thousands of children are adopted from outside the United States each year — and professionals and parents must be ready to meet their needs. “Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children” is the evidence-based resource professionals need.
|Creating Loving Attachments|
By Kim S. Golding and Daniel A. Hughes
Attaching in life is a critical aspect of survival for all human beings. Without attachment to mothers or fathers, infants would perish. For children who come from families that have struggled with attachment due to abuse, neglect, drug use and poor parenting, the outcomes can be negative.
Unleashing the Power of Parental Love:
4 Steps to Raising Joyful and Self-Confident Kids
by Gary M. Unruh, MSW LCSW
“Unleashing The Power of Parental Love” provides professional advice that will help you succeed in the world’s most difficult and rewarding endeavor — raising a self-confident kid; a kid that will establish good friends and will be successful in school.
|Happy Kids: The secret to raising well-behaved, contented children|
By Cathy Glass
“Happy Kids” shares time-tested methods and techniques from Kathy Glass, a foster parent who has cared for more than 50 children in more than two decades. In this clear and practical guide, Glass introduces you to the 3Rs technique which shows parents how to — Request, Repeat, and Reassure...
Before You Were Mine: Discovering
Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory
By Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk
Written by an adoptive mother and an adoptee daughter, "Before You Were Mine" offers a unique Christian perspective on creating a Lifebook that commemorates your child’s birth story.
By Joan Didion
What made me buy "Blue Nights" during its first days in the bookstores was a magazine interview in which Didion said of her deceased daughter, "The entire adoption thing was a much bigger issue for her than I ever imagined it to be."
Finding Fernanda: Two mothers, one child,
and a cross-border search for truth
By Erin Siegal
Stumbling across the world of intercountry adoption by accident while visiting Guatemala on vacation, Erin Siegal returned home eager to research the Guatemalan adoption process. More than three years of her research is presented in "Finding Fernanda."
Nine Year Pregnancy
By Delana Stewart
"Nine Year Pregnancy" by Delana Stewart is a personal and inspiring true story of the trials and triumphs of adopting a child. Stewart takes you on her family’s journey, starting with a mysterious dream that plants a longing in her heart for a daughter.
Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child:
From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years
By Patty Cogen
Whether you are seeking to adopt internationally or already have, "Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child" is a book you will need. Even if you have had your child for 10 years, you will find it helpful. It is a great resource from your first hours together, through the teen years.
The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life
Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief
By Larry Taunton
A long-time defender of the Christian faith, Larry Taunton discovered his greatest connection to God and his strongest argument against atheists during the adoption of one amazing little Ukrainian girl. The parents of three teenage sons, Taunton and his wife, embark on a journey to adopt 10-year-old Sasha from a Ukrainian orphanage.
Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
By Kay Bratt
When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls, and where poverty in concert with the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants.
Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey
to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China
By Nancy Baker
With the curious title of "Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge" under the pen of Nancy McCabe, I expected to be in for a real treat and again, I wasn’t disappointed. From the adoption community perspective, McCabe is one of us!
Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Foster Care
By Tony Merida and Rick Morton
In "Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care," Tony Merida and Rick Morton ask a difficult question, "Will we settle for a safe, comfortable religion or will we use the resources for the good of the world and the glory of Christ?" Orphanology is a challenge.
|Finding Aster |
by Dina McQueen
Finding Aster— our Ethiopian adoption story, is a fascinating memoir that follows one woman’s journey to motherhood via international adoption. The title could just as easily have been, Finding Dina, for it is truly a memoir of discovery for the author as she relives the life decisions she has made leading up to the maternal evolution to become a mother.
Edited By Jean MacLeod & Sheena Macrae, PhD
Over 100 contributors from across the globe have come together to weave a stunning tapestry of advice specifically for adoptive parents. This book looks at the core issues all members of the adoption triad face, and how they affect parenting techniques that just might not be the right fit adopted children.
|Beyond Good Intentions|
By Cheri Register
Register examines ten pitfalls that well-meaning parents can slip into: wiping away our children's past; hovering over troubled children; holding the lid on sorrow and anger; parenting on the defensive; believing race doesn't matter; and more.
|Twenty Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make|
By Sherrie Eldridge
From the highly acclaimed author of Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, this book is a collection of over seventy stories about life's challenges as an adoptee--challenges which are often kept hidden from others.
|Inside Transracial Adoption|
By Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall
Using a careful blend of academic research, social reality, and personal experience, Inside Transracial Adoption provides creative, confident, pro-active, and provocative guidance for prospective parents who are considering transracial adoption for the first time.
By Adam Pertman
Adoption is accelerating our transformation into a more multicultural and multi-ethnic society, even as it helps redefine our understanding of family. Filled with information and a wealth of dramatic, real-life stories, this book is essential reading for adoptive families and those considering adoption.
|The Post-Adoption Blues|
By Karen J. Foli, Ph.D. & John R. Thompson, M.D.
The path to parenting through adoption is rich with rewards and fulfillment. But it's not without bumps. This compassionate, and uplifting book is the first to offer solutions for the normal but unspoken feelings of stress that adoptive families encounter as they cope with new challenges and expectations.
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|Angels Passing Through|
Reflections on Growing Up With Foster Babies
By Peter Mastrantuono
“Angels Passing Through” is a biography of selected foster infants who, in a special way impacted the lives of the author’s family while in their care. Their biographies are short, covering the brief but indelible time they spent with the Mastrantuono family. It is also the author’s memoir of a childhood marked by the fleeting (and sometimes not-so-fleeting) visits of temporary family members and how this experience reverberated in the years that followed even to this day.
|Handbook for an Unpredictable Life|
How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair)
By Rosie Perez
From troubled childhood to stardom, Rosie Perez chronicles her life experience and how her early childhood has impacted her life in “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.” Born to unwed parents, who were married to other people, Perez was raised for the first three years of her life by her aunt (her father’s sister). At age 3, Perez was collected by her mentally unstable mother and placed into Saint Joseph’s Catholic Home for Children in Peekskill, New York.
|Rich in Love|
When God Rescues Messy People
By Irene Garcia with Lissa Halls Johnson
Fourteen-year-old Irene was infatuated with Domingo Garcia when the two started dating. But something about him also scared her, so she broke up with him only to find out a few weeks later that she was pregnant. The young girl quickly transitioned to adulthood after she and Domingo got married and began to raise their son. As Domingo’s behavior progressed to more and more abusive, Irene struggled with her relationship with her husband and God.
|One Perfect Day:A Mother and Son’s Story of Adoption |
By Diane Burke with Steve Orlandi
This memoir, “One Perfect Day,” is a journey of love and loss, pain and forgiveness. The moment Diane Burke, an author and mother of two grown sons, received an unexpected certified letter in the mail, she had no idea her life would be shaken to its core. Memories of a past she had buried more than 40 years ago suddenly resurfaced, and she wasn’t prepared to deal with them.
By Deborah Jiang Stein
Learning that she was born in a prison shook Deborah Jiang Stein to the core. Adopted by a Jewish couple when transracial adoption was new, Stein grew up feeling disconnected from her family of academics. She struggled with the idea of where she fit in her family and world after learning that her birth mother had given birth to her in prison. Long before there were adoption support groups and research on open adoptions, families like Stein’s struggled to know how to address various aspects of a child’s adoption story. For Stein’s family, that meant not discussing it.
|Keeping Foster Children Safe Online|
By John DeGarmo, Ed.D.
The dangers of the Internet are real, and for children in foster care even more so. From bullying to online predators, there are many dangers to navigate and parents need to be aware of their children’s online activities and the dangers that lurk there. Now there is a comprehensive book that helps guide parents in monitoring their foster children’s online activities.
|Inside Kinship Care|
Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support
Edited by David Pitcher
Kinship care — the care of children by grandparents, other relatives or friends — is a major part of foster care, yet there are distinct issues that arise in care involving family rather than “stranger” foster caregivers.
|One Kid at a Time|
A single dad, a boy in foster care, and an adoption
By Jake Dekker
Jake Dekker wanted to be a dad. But after a break-up with his long-time partner, the chance to ever become a dad seemed beyond his reach until he got a call about Danny. Dekker’s adoption paperwork had seemed like an answer for a caseworker searching for a family for one troubled 10-year-old boy. As luck worked in their favor to bring the two together, they also began to form a unique bond. While it wasn’t always easy, Dekker and Danny become father and son, forming their own small family unit.
Based on a true story
Written and Directed by Ronald Krauss
“Gimme Shelter” is a powerful new film based on the inspiring true story of 16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens). The story follows Apple as she decides to escape the control of her abusive and addict mother (Rosario Dawson), and finds herself alone, homeless and pregnant. Apple tracks down her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), but is not welcome by his new wife. Not wanting to be placed back into foster care, her desperate journey of survival begins.
From The Possibility Project
Directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza
“Know How” follows the lives of a handful of New York teenagers — Addie, Marie, Megan, Eva, Austin — as they struggle in their families, in foster care and living on the streets. As each teen is impacted by the adults in their lives who are supposed to protect them and keep them safe, they enter foster care, most moved to group homes. Addie works to earn the credits she needs to graduate while living with her aunt since her mother died years earlier.
|Devotions of Comfort and Hope |
for Adoptive and Foster Moms
By Carol Lozier, LCSW with Lisa Edmunds
Where do you turn to in your darkest hour or in your greatest moment of joy? Who gives you strength when you’re just starting the adoption process or struggling with your child’s difficult behaviors? For many, the answer would be to God or the bible. The new book, “Devotions of Comfort and Hope for Adoptive and Foster Moms” is the perfect answer for families struggling for help or needing affirmation of the path they’re traveling and the work they’re doing.
|A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story|
By John DeGarmo, Ed.D., and Kelly DeGarmo
Illustrated by Norma Jeanne Trammell
Being removed from your birth family and placed into the care of a foster family — mere strangers — is a traumatic experience for children. The new book, “A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story” chronicles Jessica’s journey from an everyday student sitting in class to the moment her life forever changed when she was taken into child protective custody. Jessica moves in with a foster family, and while nice people, she is scared, alone and confused by her situation.
|To The End of June|
The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
By Cris Beam
Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care, looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is “To The End of June,” an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children at the critical points in their search for a stable, loving family.
|Foster Parenting Step-By-Step: How to Nurture the Traumatized Child and Overcome Conflict|
By Dr. Kalyani Gopal
Foreward by Irene Clements
Get your highlighter! “Fostering Parenting Step-By-Step” is one book you’ll want to mark up. Created by Dr. Kalyani Gopal, a therapist who has worked with foster children for a number of years, the book offers a wealth of information in an easy-to-access format. For more than 25 years, Gopal has worked with children in foster care and the foster parents who care for them.
||Short Term 12|
By Destin Daniel Cretton
When Nate starts work at the group home Short Term 12, he enters an entirely new world. For most people who watch the new film, it will be as eye-opening as it was for Nate, whose character is loosely based on the director’s own experience working in a group home. Grace and Mason, both alums of the foster care system themselves, work with the kids at Short Tern 12 to address the deep feelings of their lives and experiences in care.
Through the Eyes of an Orphan
By Heather O'Neil
Imagine being taken from the only home you know, the parents who have cared for you since birth and have suddenly been sent to live with strangers. For 5-year-old Anita and 4-year-old Jackie that was their experience. And even though their home life was less than ideal, nothing prepared them for the years ahead when they would experience neglect and abuse — mental, physical, sexual — in their foster home.
Untouchable Flame: A Memoir of a Young Girls Hardship and Trying to Survive Through the Foster Care System
By Kemesha L. Swan
“Untouchable Flame” tells the story of a young girl born on the West Side of Chicago, who was often left by her parents, along with her siblings, in a dark, cold, rat-infested basement without food and proper clothing for weeks at a time, waiting for their mother to return from her drug induced gambits to care for them.
|Another Forgotten Child|
By Cathy Glass
When 8-year-old Aimee enters foster care, she finds herself living with Cathy Glass, a veteran foster parent. Overcome with lice, covered in bruises and sporting a nasty attitude, Aimee is slowly brought into the reality of what it is like to live with a loving, caring family. Glass has been a foster mother to more than 100 children during the last 25 years and works diligently to help Aimee heal from the neglect caused by her birth mother and the abuse that happened at the hands of her mother’s friends.
|Foster Parent Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home|
By Dr. John DeGarmo
Making the decision to become a foster parent can be difficult. While it may be easy to decide if you want to open your heart and home to a child in need, there are many things to consider and learn about before becoming a foster parent.
|Adoption & Foster Care RX|
Solutions for Wounded Families
By Terry Meeuwsen
If you are parenting a child with a wounded past, you’ve probably felt many times like you’ve come to the end of yourself — out of patience, out of answers and out of control. If you have ever second-guessed your decision to take a child into your life, home or heart, you’re not alone.
Eli’s early childhood is marked by abuse at the hands of his father and neglect by his drug addict mother who ends up overdosing. When he comes to a summer camp for children in foster care, he is an angry and hurt little boy, much like all the other children attending camp. At Camp, children in foster care are welcomed to a magical place.
|One For the Murphys|
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in foster care. Then she is paced with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.
By Bonnie E. Virag
Growing up in a poor family with many siblings in the 1930s, Bonnie Virag and her twin sister Betty were primarily raised by their older sister “Muggs.” While sometimes they didn’t have enough to eat, Bonnie felt safe nestled amongst her brothers and sister. When Bonnie was about 4 years old her life changed one day.
|From Foster to Fabulous: One little girl’s journey through abuse, foster care, aging out, and life beyond|
By Helen Ramaglia
“From Foster to Fabulous” is the memoir of Helen Ragaglia. It is the deeply personal story taken from Helen’s birth in the back seat of a neighbor’s car, through her battered and traumatized childhood years, to her struggle for identity and redemption, to her life changing acceptance of self and a loving relationship with her Creator.
Jodi Orton was called into parenting after struggling with infertility and discovering two little Russian children in need of a forever family. After adopting the two infants, Orton’s life was forever changed.
|From Foster Care to Fabulous: An Imperative Movement|
By Capri C. Cruz
Some of Capri Cruz’s earliest memories include her parents’ violence toward one another and their constant struggle with chemical dependencies. When 7-year-old Cruz entered foster care, she and her brother suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of those who were meant to help them.
|The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide|
By Carol Lozier, MSW, LCSW
With more than 20 years of experience working with children and families touched by adoption and foster care, Carol Lozier, MSW, LCSW, has collected her knowledge and wisdom into a new easy-to-use guide for families.
|Fostering Love: One Foster Parent's Journey|
By Dr. John DeGarmo
Life leads each of us in different directions, and for some like John and Kelly DeGarmo, that direction includes parenting children in need. John chronicles his life journey, including his call to become a foster parent in the new book, “Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey.” DeGarmo shares the story of how he and his wife met and their journey to build a family.
|Two Empty Bedrooms|
By Michelle Vandepas
Called to parent late in life, Michelle Vandepas was pulled toward foster care in her early forties. Since making that decision, 10 children have entered Vandepas’ life, some for a few days, others staying forever. Vandepas chronicles her journey of becoming a foster parent and the experiences she has as a foster parent in the new book, “Two Empty Bedrooms.”
|On the Edge of Unthinkable|
By Paula Ann Kyle
Suffering verbal abuse at the hands of her father (who she would later learn was really her stepfather), watching her mother sink into depression so severe that she eventually ended her life and living with a physically abusive stepmother, Paula Ann Kyle’s life was incredibly difficult from an early age.
|American's Most Unwanted|
By Shani Heckman
The statistics for children who age out of foster care are grim. Many of them will become homeless or incarcerated. A large portion will become teen parents and some will repeat the cycle of abuse and neglect that caused their own parents to lose their parental rights.
The Language of Flowers
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Every flower has a meaning, and “The Language of Flowers” gives meaning and understanding to children in foster care. Written by foster mother Vanessa Diffenbaugh, “The Language of Flowers” follows the journey of Victoria, who enters the foster care system as an infant and exits at age 18.
|Given a Chance . . . A little girl’s journey|
Directed by Kim Marriner
Produced by Tami Lynn Productions
A 50 minute educational video with a focus on adopting children with Special Needs as seen through the eyes of Kassie, a young lady with cerebral palsy.
Three Little Words, a Memoir
By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
For a child making their way through foster care, it is a frightening and daunting experience. Ashley Rhodes-Courter found herself submerged into the system at the age of 3. It would take nine years, 14 placements, numerous schools, caseworkers, foster parents, therapists, judges and one Guardian ad Litem to get her out the other side into permanence.
|Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through|
By Rhonda Sciortino
Abandoned at the age of 6 months, raised by a mentally ill man and an alcoholic woman in a bizarre, emotional roller coaster of a childhood, Rhonda Sciortino used the coping skills garnered from her childhood survival to start her own business and develop it into a multi-million dollar balance sheet.
Postcards From The Soul
By Foster Care Alumni of America
When you open "Postcards From The Soul," you’ll see into the depths of the often-hidden emotions of people who have shared extraordinary experiences. This collection of postcards is both moving and illuminating.
The Foster Parenting Toolbox
Edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel
This book will never look the same. Once you start reading it, corners will be turned down and post-it notes will stick out at odd angles. The spine will be cracked where it was laid flat to photocopy that inspirational page to post on the fridge. Like a well-loved teddy bear, this book will show its value.
By Jessica Lee Anderson
An only child living with her biological mother and her mother’s girlfriend, Calli is launched into the world of siblings when her mom and partner Liz decide to become foster parents. The book, "Calli" follows this teen girl’s journey as she adjusts to suddenly having a sibling, sharing her house, and navigating the tumultuous waters of building a relationship with a same-aged stranger with a difficult background.
Finding a Forever Family: A News Anchors
Notebook on Adoption within the Foster Care System
By Christine Devine with Allison Bottke
Description: When tackling the assignment of featuring children in need of forever families on California’s KTTV Fox 11 Sunday’s Child program (now called Wednesday’s Child) many years ago, News Anchor Christine Devine was confronted with more than an assignment. She came face-to-face with her past.
Okay, which one of you took my sanity? A fun guide to foster, adoptive and other kinds of parenting
By Matthew W. Hoffman and Claudia M. Fletcher
Two foster parents from starkly different backgrounds recently teamed up to create a realistic view of foster parenting, sprinkled with a bit of survivor’s advice in the new book, "Okay, Which One of Your Took My Sanity?"
|Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens|
By Debbie Riley, M.S.
Dear Mom and Dad, care to know what’s going on in your adopted teen’s head? Think identifying some strategies to deal with all those feelings might restore some peace at home? A new book by C.A.S.E. Executive Director, Debbie Riley, addresses the unique issues faced by adopted teens and their families.
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|Pushing Up the Sky - A Mother's Journey|
By Terra Trevor
In 1987, Terra Trevor and her husband Gary adopted a ten-year-old daughter from South Korea. Her new daughter experienced difficulty adjusting to becoming the oldest child in a mixed blood American Indian-Caucasian family. Her birth daughter, usurped from oldest to middle child, had a difficult transition too. Then her son, also adopted from Korea, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, an event that changed all of their lives forever.