Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four by Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, MA; Gloria Russo Wassell, MS, LMHC; and Victor Groza,
Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah Gray – A classic adoption book and a comprehensive guide for prospective and actual adoptive parents on how to understand and care for their adopted child and promote healthy attachment. Attaching in Adoption gives parents practical strategies to enhance children’s happiness and emotional health. It explains what attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children’s emotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect, cooperation
Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison – The authentic story of one woman’s experience as a veteran foster parent. It is a tale of life at our social services’ front lines, centered on three children who, when they come together in Harrison’s home, nearly destroy it. It is the frank first-person story of a woman whose compassionate best intentions for a child are sometimes all that
Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins–Best – Adopting a toddler or preschooler presents unique challenges (and opportunities) to adoptive parents. Children adopted between two and four years old often show signs of cognitive and emotional immaturity, which can cause behavioral and relational issues. This book offers support and practical tools to help parents prepare for and support the toddler’s transition between the familiar environment of their biological parent’s home or foster home to a new and unfamiliar
Adopting a Toddler: What Size Shoes Does She Wear? by Denise Harris Hoppenhauer – An indispensable guide offering great insight and practical advice for those preparing to adopt a toddler. Adopting a Toddler is filled with essential parenting information and answers many questions that adoptive parents ask, including questions about changing a name, choosing a crib versus a bed, beginning potty training, and what size shoes to buy. It includes sections on the toddler wardrobe, the nursery, child safety, mealtime, bath time, selecting a pediatrician, medical considerations, international adoption travel, and includes pre and post adoption resources.
Adopting The Older Child by Claudia L. Jewett – One of the classics of adoption literature, and for good reason. Adopting The Older Child gives an in-depth examination of the older child adoption process, including
Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child by Trish Maskew – Based on the author’s experiences as an adoptive mother and foster parent, as well as interviews with numerous adoptive families, adoption professionals and adult adoptees, Our Own explores both the joys and the challenges of older child adoption. It addresses topics such as how to deal with school and language difficulties, how to handle difficult behavior such as tantrums and lying, recognizing how grief affects your child’s behavior and testing and treatment for mental health and medical issues.
Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child by Brenda McCreight – A practical guide providing adoptive parents with all the information and tools they need to overcome difficulties and develop a healthy, loving relationship with their adopted child. The book includes a step-by-step to identifying a child’s unique needs and
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Dr. Karyn Purvis – This book is often the first book that parents read when adopting a child past infancy or a child “from a hard place.” This is an excellent parenting book for all parents
Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care: Traumatic Separations and Honored Connections by Deborah N. Silverstein and Susan Livingston Smith – The sibling relationship is emotionally powerful and critically important, giving us a sense of continuity throughout life. So what happens when a child loses contact not only with his or her
Source: Creating a Family