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Suggested Reading List


EMK Press: Tools and Resources for Adoptive Families and the Professionals Who Help Them

Ten Top Tips for Finding Families, Jennifer Cousins, British Association for Adoption & Fostering

The Colours in Me, a publication by BAAF, 2008. Unique collection of poetry, prose and artwork by adopted children and young people. It is a must-read not only for adopted people and their parents, but also for social workers, psychologists, teachers and anyone seeking to understand what it is like to be adopted. To find out more, visit:

Answering the Call, Lasting Impressions: A Guide for Photolisting Children


Brennan, Deborah. (2008). Labours of Love: Canadians Talk about Adoption. An honest look at what it means to be an adoptive parent, an adoptee, and a birth parent. To learn more about this new and exciting resource in adoption

Johnston, Patricia Irwin. Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, January 2008.

Johnston, Patricia Irwin. Launching a Baby's Adoption: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals. Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, 1998.

Maskew, Trish. Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child. Longmount, CO: Snowcap Press, 1999.

Melina, Lois Ruskai. Making Sense of Adoption: a Parent's Guide. New York: Harper Collins, 1989.

Melina, Lois Ruskai and Sharon Kaplan Roszia. The Open Adoption Experience: a Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families - from Making the Decision through the Child's Growing Years. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993.

Robinson, Grace. Older Child Adoption. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1998.

Schooler, Jayne. The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family. Colorado Springs: Pinon, 1993.

Webber, Marlene. As If Kids Mattered: What's Wrong in the World of Child Protection and Adoption. Toronto: Key Porter, 1998.


Brennan, Deborah. (2008). Labours of Love: Canadians Talk about Adoption. An honest look at what it means to be an adoptive parent, an adoptee, and a birth parent. To learn more about this new and excitin

Crook, Marion. The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000. Completely new edition.

Duxbury, Mickey. Making Room in our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption. Published by CRC Press, 2007.

Hopkins-Best, Mary. Toddler Adoption: the Weaver's Craft. Indianapolis: IN: Perspectives Press, 1997.

Keefer, Betsy and Jayne Schooler. Telling the Truth to your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 2000.

Melina, Lois Ruskai. Raising Adopted Children: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent. New York: HarperPerennial, 1998. Revised edition.

Pavao, Joyce Maguire. The Family of Adoption. Boston: Beacon Press, 1998.

Schaffer, Judith and Christina Lindstrom. How to Raise an Adopted Child: a Guide to Help your Child Flourish from Infancy through Adolescence. New York: Copestone, 1989.

Van Gulden, Holly and Lisa Bartels-Rabb. Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child. New York: Crossroad, 1995.

Watkins, Mary and Susan Fisher. Talking with Young Children about Adoption. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1993.


Brodzinsky, David, Marshall Schecter and Robin Henig. Being Adopted: the Lifelong Search for Self. Anchor, 1993.

Brodzinsky, David and Marshall Schecter. The Psychology of Adoption. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Ito, Susan and Tina Cervin. A Ghost at Heart's Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1999.

Johnston, Patricia Irwin. Perspectives on a Grafted Tree: Thoughts for those touched by Adoption. Indianapolis: IN: Perspectives Press, 1983.

Lifton, Betty Jean. Journey of the Adopted Self: a Quest for Wholeness. Basic Books, 1995.

Verrier, Nancy. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Lafayette, CA: Nancy Verrier, 1993.


Cox, Susan Soon-Keung. Voices from Another Planet: a Collection of Works from a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries. St. Paul, MN: Yeong & Yeong, 1999.

Fancott, Harriet. Raising Healthy Multiracial Adoptive Families: a Question and Answer Guide for Adoptive Parents. Vancouver: Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia, 1999.

Klatzkin, Amy. A Passage to the Heart: Writings from Families with Children from China. St. Paul, MN: Yeong & Yeong., 1999.

Register, Cheri. "Are Those Kids Yours?" American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries. New York: Free Press, 1991.

Steinberg, Gail and Beth Hall. Inside Transracial Adoption: Strength-based, Culture-sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Intercountry or Domestic Families that don't Match. Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, 2000.


Edelstein, Susan. Children with Prenatal Alcohol and/or Other Drug Exposure: Weighing the Risks of Adoption. Washington, D.C.: CWLA Press, 1995. Child Welfare League of America.

Graefe, Sara. Parenting Children affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a Guide for Daily Living. Vancouver: Society of Special Needs Adoptive Parents. 1998. Revised edition. Also available in French.

Keck, Gregory and Regina Kupecky. Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-needs Kids: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Colorado Springs, Col.: Pinon, 1995.

Ziegler, Dave. Raising Children who refuse to be Raised: Parenting Skills and Therapy Interventions for the most Difficult Children. Jasper, OR: Acacia Press, 2000. (For dealing with all troubled children)


Brennan, Deborah. (2008). Labours of Love: Canadians Talk about Adoption. An honest look at what it means to be an adoptive parent, an adoptee, and a birth parent. To learn more about this new and excitin

Forge, Leslie and Gail Mosconi. The Third Choice: a Woman's Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption. Berkeley, CA: Creative Book Company, 1999.

Franklin, Lynne and Elizabeth Ferber. May the Circle be Unbroken: an Intimate Journey into the Heart of Adoption. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998.

Hern, Katie and Ellen Carlson. Reunion: a Year in Letters between a Birthmother and the Daughter she couldn't Keep. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1999.

Lifton, Betty Jean. Lost & Found: the Adoption Experience. New York: Harper Collins, 1988. Revised edition.


Adoption Clubhouse

What is Adoption: Helping Non-Adopted Children Understand Adoption


Adoption Clubhouse

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

EMK Press: Tools and Resources for Adoptive Families and the Professionals Who Help Them

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Parentbooks, 201 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1H6 416 537-8334 Fax: 416 537-9499, info@parentbooks.ca, Large selection of adoption books and will order others.

PACT (an adoption alliance)

  • We suggest you ask your public/college/university library to order the ones they do not already own.  

  • List prepared by Elspeth Ross, Adoption Council of Canada, Links updated June 2018