Trinity B. Jones is a foster kid who's "been to enough adoption picnics to know that adoptive parents want a cute little baby to hold, not a 15-year-old with brown skin, a 34-C, and a nose ring."
We asked our reader panel to describe the books they find most helpful to prospective adoptive parents. Here are some of their favorites.
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Dr. Teri James Bellis, author of When the Brain Can't Hear, is an audiologist who herself developed APD following an automobile accident. She clearly knows APD from the inside out.
Like Sound Through Water: A Mothers Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder, by Karen J. Foli, Ph.D., is an exhaustively detailed first-person account.
Raising a Sensory Smart Child is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and pediatricians who’d like to know more about sensory integration dysfunction (SID), the inability to properly process information from the senses.
Three years after his brother’s death, at age 11, 16-year-old Aaron Saturn is just coming to terms with the loss.
Kids need to be able to find characters who look like them in the books on their shelves. Here are some of our favorites that provide that powerful affirmation.
High school junior Evelyn wanted to throw off her good-girl reputation and get her parents’ attention, but never planned on getting pregnant.
One mother shares the special memories she has of bonding with her child during breastfeeding, and the book that helped her figure it out.
I have no idea what percentage of a personality is determined by genes. I don't even know what a percentage of a personality is. But if there's anything I can do to load the dice in my child's favor, I'll do it. Most adoptive parents feel the same. Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents is for us.
Willow Chance, adopted transracially as an infant, has mastered several different languages and diagnostic medical texts by age 12.
"Cris Beam’s book about the U.S. foster care system, is important, insightful, and depressing. "
This is a beautifully honest, thoughtful, and enlightened guide.
Her expertise shines through in this comprehensive guide (not just for families pursuing a second adoption!) that’s filled with real-life examples and practical advice.
With her sister’s permission, the novelist wrote a fictionalized account of her experiences leading up to the adoption plan.
Eleanor Sweet, adopted as a baby, is pursuing an adoption with her husband when he backs out at the last moment.
Tracing a family tree, sharing a baby picture at show-and-tell. These are common challenges for the adopted child at school, and such simple assignments can stir emotions for a child who has more questions than answers about her birth.
When Megan was born, her birth mother, Kendra, planted a tree in her backyard. Every year on Megan's birthday, Kendra decorates the tree and sends photos of it to Megan, in honor of their special bond.
Although the "ABC" concept makes it seem that this would be a book for younger kids, this collaboration between an adoptive mother and her daughter tackles weighty topics.