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How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter by Madeleine Melcher- This title is being released January 21, 2014 – For families who are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of writing an adoption or family profile this book is a great place to start. Pulling information from many resources, particularly from birth mothers themselves, on what women are looking for when they look at these profiles when they are trying to create an adoption plan , this book has a wealth of information. Very easy to read and follow it touches on all the bases, knowing your audience, remembering the guidelines set forth by your agency or attorney, the importance of photos etc. This book is a great place to start and makes the task of writing an adoption profile much more manageable. amazon.com price $22.46 kindle price $9.99
Souls On Ice: True Miracle Stories of Embryo Adoption by Angela Welch Prusia, Joy Steiner Moore, Karen Koczwara, Arlene Showalter & Marty Minchin.– Maria Lancaster, Executive Director and co-founder of the first ever church based embryo adoption agency shares her personal journey, as well as the stories of many families that have been through the embryo adoption process. This book includes the personal journeys of families that have gone through the process, discussing the pain of infertility and their venture into embryo adoption.
This book is very religious and pro-life, there is a forward written by Governor Mike Huckabee who states “Maria works relentlessly to protect the lives of the unborn. Her efforts to connect families who have remaining embryos after fertility treatments with those who are unable to conceive are incredible. God helps orchestrate every family match in her organization, and the power of his direction in the process is reflected in this new compilation of true stories.”
The stories are interesting and embryo adoption is always a great option for families where the woman is able to carry but not able to conceive. amazon.com $16.26 kindle edition $9.99
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages by Judith E. Snow – The kids interviewed for this book range in age from seven to thirty-one. It is interesting to see the differences and the similarities in all of their situations. It seems that most of them were okay with their parents being gay but when they were in elementary school or middle school they were scared their friends would make fun of them. Once the teens hit high school they didn’t care as much but many were selective about who they told. This book could be very valuable to kids whose parents are just coming out or kids who are having a hard time adjusting to their parents being gay. Its also helpful to gay parents to know what may be going on in your child’s head, whether you raised them since birth in a same sex relationship or if this is a new situation. All children go through periods of being embarrassed by their parents for one reason or another but it helps to know what other families went through and that these feelings are normal, and for the kids it helps show them that there are other kids who have walked in their shoes and they made it through and survived, it isn’t the end of the world and you aren’t alone. amazon price $30.55 Kindle edition $29.02 kindle rental $8.13