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|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 hihgly 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 transofrmation into a more multicultural and multiethnic 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 adotion.
|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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|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. Copyright 2004, DVD format, 50 minutes run time, $21.95 + $4.50 S&H www.givenachance.com
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 emotions are raw and genuine.
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.