Whether you’re looking to adopt a child, or you’re a child of adoption, you likely have a lot of questions. It’s only natural to want to understand more about this process, as well as the way other adoptees have felt about their own adoptions. A great way to learn more is to read a few books about it. There are loads of great books on adoption, some answering questions and discussing the adoption process, and others having first-hand accounts from people who have been adopted, allowing you to get a better understanding of their feelings. Read on to learn about a few great books you can read about adoption.
Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms – Susan Golombok
New research is showing that children and parents in new family structures, such as families that adopt, are doing well. In this book, Susan Golombok explores all the studies that are related to these new family types. She is the leading researcher on these types of families and how they affect children.
This book is very interesting and engaging, and Golombok makes the research incredibly understandable. Her introduction is also one of the best summaries we’ve seen. She talks about what makes a strong family and a good parent, which is important to any family.
Adoption is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know – Patricia Irwin Johnston
Even though you’ve spent a lot of time researching the various aspects of adoption, your friends and family may still want to know more about it. This book is full of information that will help them understand the process, including who can be adopted, why people consider adopting, and how kids understand it. Having a few copies of this book will allow you to answer any questions that they may have, instead of having to search for them.
Twenty Things Adoptive Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew – Sherrie Eldridge
This book talks about the nature of adoption from the perspective of an adopted child, which is different from the adoptive parent perspective.
In this book, Sherrie Eldridge talks about the various emotional issues that parents need to address in order to raise their child. She also explains how important it is to have honest information about their birth family, even if it’s painful. Sherrie says that even though the child may choose to look for their birth family, they will always rely on the parent they are.
This book also gives parents a voice to their kids’ unspoken concerns, and it shows them how to free them from the shame, fear, and abandonment that they have been experiencing.
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self – David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schechter, and Robin Marantz Henig
The authors of this book explore the various aspects of being adopted, and they help normalize the questions that many people have about it. Through their use of educational and psychological theories, the authors have created a model that will help every adoptive parent understand their child’s development.