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Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos -Honest, funny and honest Nia Vardalos writes about her struggles with infertility, the overwhelming sense of failure while going through IVF and ultimately her decision to adopt through foster care. Nia and her husband adopt a 3 year old little girl through foster care and became an instant family overnight. If you expect a book that is all sunshine and roses from this point forward you will be mistaken. Nia shares her struggle to bond with a child whose trust has been broken, to figure out how to parent a 3 year old when she hasn’t had 3 years to figure it out. Nia shares her story with humor and joy, because no matter what her little girl throws at her and her husband they are determined to be a family. Ultimately uplifting and wonderful, Nia’s story shows that love and determination can help you climb the biggest hill. Retail $26.99 amazon.com price $18.51
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad by Dan Bucatinsky -Dan has written a funny, revealing book about what it is like to be a new parent. He talks about his quest to adopt, his disappointment with one failed adoption and his joy at becoming a father, not once but twice thanks to the same woman. His stories of parenthood are not for everyone – if you don’t like kindergarten humor then this might be a book to pass on but if you have kids and know the crazy weird things they come up with to ask or do then you may appreciate his candidness. retail price $14.99 amazon.com $11.91 kindle edition $9.72
Adopting a Child with a Trauma and Attachment Disruption History: A Practical Guide by Theresa Fraser – This short booklet is great for families considering adopting an older child. While it isn’t very in depth it gives some great tips on understanding children with trauma histories and how to integrate a new child into your home. There are tips on how to manage social media and connection to birth families and questions to ask yourself before adding a new child to the family. This is a great first book to explore this option. amazon paperback price $7.89 Kindle edition $2.99