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A Dream Come True  by Adorable Adoptees (Jessica Rose, Nicole and Sarah Dankert)   These three teens, all adopted from Korea, created a memory book especially for adopted children. Notebook-style binder, with Velcro-closure and cute artwork, allows for customization.

A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China  by Chris Winston    Part memoir, part parenting guide, this book shares how a mother worked to meet her children's needs and, in doing so, birthed a new kind of community.

Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings  by Marge Eaton Heegaard   

Adopting the Older Child  by Claudia L. Jewett   

Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers  edited by Lansing Wood and Nancy Ng   

Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know  by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS   Book's conversational tone and wealth of information is geared to help family members become adoption experts (and advocates!) in no time.

Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings  by Cindy Probst    New, easy-to-read workbook for international adoptive parents and waiting parents who wish to document their children's early lives for them in the form of a lifebook. Through exercises and the text, readers become more comfortable telling children the truth about their beginnings while emphasizing their strengths and resilience.

Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families and America  by Adam Pertman   

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections  edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae   

All about Me  by Lynn Burwash and Cie McMullin    Provides opportunities for parents and young children to have frank, meaningful discussions about can participate by drawing and/ or filling in the blanks using their own washable crayons and markers.

Are These Kids Yours? American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries  by Cheri Register    Author discusses issues related to parenting an adoptive child in a caring, thorough manner. If you read only one or two adoption books, make this one a priority.

Becoming Attached - First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love  by Robert Karen, Ph.D   

Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child's Lifestory  by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk    Guides parents in the creation of a lifebook for their children that explores their birth heritage and their spiritual heritage as well.

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self  by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, and Robin Henig    Illustrates common developmental pathways of adoptees as they occur throughout the life span. Five themes run throughout this book: the experience of adoptees, developmental perspectives, normality, search for self, and sense of loss.

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens  by Debbie Riley with John Meeks   

Birth is More Than Once: the Inner World of Adopted Korean Children  by H. Sook Wilkinson, Ph.D   

Bring My Sons from Afar  by Bertha Holt   

Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America  by Mia Tuan and Jiannbin Lee Shiao   

Culture Keeping; White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference  by Heather Jacobson    Examines adoptions from China and Russia through the lens of integration of aspects of culture of child's origin into the family's life.

Designing Rituals of Adoption for the Religious and Secular Community  by Mary Martin Mason   Guide for designing welcoming ceremonies, adoption anniversaries, finalizations, baptisms, naming ceremonies . . . for all types of families and adoptions. Focuses on techniques to validate these families.