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Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent’s Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children by Rachel Garlinghouse – Most people don’t like talking about race. Its one of those taboo subjects that people just brush over but Rachel Garlinghouse does a great job talking about it and about becoming a multi-racial household. There are challenges and rewards in adopting across racial lines and Garlinghouse presents a lot of things that many people may not have thought of and some that maybe you have already discussed. A useful book for anyone trying to decide if adopting outside of their race is right for them. Amazon.com price $13.46 kindle edition $9.99
Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents by Dr. Jane Aronson – A quick read with good information. Although some of the legal information seems to be geared more toward Florida it is still a good starting point. Filled with information about Risk, Termination of Parental Rights, what expenses you can and can’t pay for with regard to potential birth parents, birth parent rights, special needs adoption, future contact agreements, surrogacy. amazon.com $11.23 or kindle price $2.99
Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption by Arleta James–Arleta James has written a book about the dynamics of families formed by adoption. Whether you are interested in pre-placement issues, post-placement concerns, disruption/dissolution, sexual acting out, blending siblings, or marital stress, this book will have something to offer. James focuses on how a child’s past influences his blending into the family in a comprehensive, way that is not bogged down with academic details and big complicated vocabulary. Throughout the book, James includes stories of the adoptive families she has helped, giving real life examples and real life hope. A fabulous book to help families navigate the ups and downs and ins and outs of weaving together a family through adoption. amazon.com price $17.47 Kindle edition $16.60