Toddler Adoption

1 08 2008

This is a book recommendation from our International Adoption Clinic that I am only just beginning. The author is Dr. Mary Hopkins-Best who teaches at University of Wisconsin-Stout. For a brief sampling of the type of material covered in this book, you can listen to a 20-minute podcast of a question and answer session with the author here. I have heard excellent things about this book and look forward to reading it and reviewing it soon. Click on the image to read more reviews or to buy this book.


Becoming a Family

1 08 2008

This book came recommended by our International Adoption Clinic and I found it a good overview to the issues of attachment in adoption. The author, Lark Eshleman, Ph.D. is a child therapist at The Institute for Children and Families in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has created a book that is easy to read and filled with practical advice on how to foster attachments, as well as information on the therapies available for dealing with more serious issues. I would suggest reading this as an introduction to what attachment issues may be faced in adoption and use it as a springboard for further research if you want to find out more.

Many people find this topic uncomfortable and don’t want to believe that they will face attachment issues with their adopted child. Although this book does not focus on the negative, there are a few examples of extreme cases of attachment disorder. My personal view is that it is wise to educate yourself on all the possibilities so you can set your expectations accordingly. How much better to be prepared for the inevitable difficulties, attachment or otherwise, than to bring your child home having no clue when one of these problems arises.  Click on the image above to read more reviews or buy this book.

Adoption as a Ministry, Adoption as a Blessing

2 07 2008

This is an easy read about one family’s experience with adoption. Michelle Gardner gives a detailed account of how she and her husband, Steve, had the perfect family with their three children until God began to stir them up to consider His heart for the orphaned. This book includes the adoption stories of three of their children, all of which had some special needs. I love to read about the experiences others have had with adoption, so this was an enjoyable read for me. Though I am curious about the rest of the story. The Gardners went on to adopt six more children after the writing of this book! They also began Kingdom Kids Adoption Ministries as a means of encouraging, educating and equipping families who are considering adoption. Click on the image for more reviews or to buy this book.

The Adoption Network

2 07 2008

This is the most excellent resource I have found thus far for starting a Adoption Support System. It is separated into five chapters that cover the need, different types, organization, components, and publicity. There are many creative ideas on how to customize a support group to meet the needs at hand, as well as worksheets throughout the book to help you organize your thoughts as you plan. The author, Laura Christianson, has committed herself to adoption education and support through her blog, Exploring Adoption, and has written this great tool to help others do the same in their communities. Click on the image for more reviews or to purchase this book.

Fields of the Fatherless

25 06 2008

This book is a quick read that covers the heart behind why we should care for the orphan. It is chock full of Scripture about God’s heart for “the least of these.” The author, Tom Davis, is the president of an organization called Children’s Hope Chest that provides orphan care for children around the world. I recommend this book for anyone who has a desire to get involved in any facet of caring for the orphan. Click on the image for more reviews or to purchase this book.

The Adoption Decision

25 06 2008

I think this book is an excellent place to start if you are just beginning to consider adoption. Author, Laura Christianson, has adopted two sons and has provided a wealth of information regarding things you need to think about as you decide whether or not adoption is for you. It is simple, straight-forward, and filled with anecdotes of adoptive families. I found it helpful even though we had already begun the adoption process as it touches on several subjects relevant to issues we may face such as: failed adoptions, dealing with comments from others, open adoption, attachment difficulties, transracial issues, and more. I highly recommend this book. Click on the image to read more reviews or to purchase this book.