The Best Books on Adoptive Parenting

Adoption, Families, Life After Adoption

Adoption Books

The path to adoption can be a long and winding road. It takes courage, research, and a great deal of love to navigate this path. One way to stay informed throughout the adoption process is to read. Books about adoption may open your eyes and cast a light on the potential journey ahead.

Here are a few of the top books on adoptive parenting for you to consider.

Adoption Parenting 

Adoption Parenting is the “What to Expect” for adoptive families.  The book includes more than 100 contributors to create a practical, hands-on approach to parenting your adopted child.  

This book is a great resource for both the newly created family or the more experienced as it includes both challenges and recommended parenting practices that are appropriate for adopted children. 

You can purchase Adoption Parenting here.

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends

One adoption social worker called In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friend “the adoption book for everyone else”: the grandparents, friends, extended family members, neighbors, teachers, and caregivers. 

This book is an informative guide that enlightens readers as it offers them a warm welcome to adoption.

You can purchase In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends on Amazon here.

The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption

For families considering an open adoption, one in which birth parents remain in contact, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption is a must-read. Written by Lori Holden, this book touches on a hot topic many adoptive parents are cautious to inquire about. Which is, “How involved should birth parents be in my child’s life?”

If you’re interested in the concept of open adoption or are seeking answers about healthy contact with your child’s birth parents, this book might have some valuable insight.

Purchase, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption from amazon.com.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Written by mother of nine, Melissa Fay, No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a poignant book about family, love, and adoption. For adoptive parents with biological children, this is a great read. It expresses all the wonderful, difficult, and nitty-gritty experiences many parents face, adoptive or otherwise, in their children’s lives.

With a quick dry wit and plenty of comedic buffers, No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is one of our favorite reads for adoptive parents. Check it out at Barnes and Noble.

Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child

A book for both adoptive parents and children, Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child is a special and unique book by Beth O’Malley. An adoptive parent herself, as well as a social worker, Beth walks you through the steps necessary to create a keepsake for your child.

A Lifebook holds all the information on your child from birth to adoption and beyond. It can be used as a tool to navigate adoption conversations, and as a beautiful memory saver for your children’s children’s children.

If you’re interested in making a Lifebook with Beth’s hands-on instructions, you can purchase this guide at Amazon.com.

Interested in learning more about The Ultimate Guide to Family Life After Adoption?  Check out our entire guide here.

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