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You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide: by Susan Caughman and Isolde Motley – From Adoptive Families magazine, the country’s leading resource on adoption, this warm, authoritative book is full of practical, realistic advice from leading attorneys, doctors, social workers, and psychologists, as well as honest, intimate stories from real parents and children. It is easy to read and follow and answers questions that you may not have thought of. A great place to start for parents just looking into adoption and also a great book for parents already in the process. Topics include, where to start, costs, the wait, accepting a match or referral, what happens if the adoption falls through, how to talk to your children and much more.
Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering tough questions and building strong families: by Diane Ehrensaft – An extraordinarily sensitive yet comprehensive book about the issues raised when building a family through assisted reproduction. She covers everything from the fears and fantasies of parents-to-be to whether, when, and what to tell children about their origins. There are many books out there on this topic but this is one of the best we have found. Extememly insightful and helpful.
In their Siblings’ Voices by Rita J Simon & Rhonda Roorda – Shares the stories of twenty white non-adopted siblings who grew up with black or biracial brothers and sisters in the late 1960s and 1970s. These siblings offer their perspectives on the multiracial adoption experience, which, for them, played out against the backdrop of two tumultuous, politically charged decades. This book helps readers fully grasp the dynamic of living in a multiracial household and its effect on friends, school, and community. While the times have changed race does still matter in America and this book reminds parents to be racially conscious and not pretend that the world is now color-blind.