ADOPTION BOOKS & MAGAZINES
- Adoptive Families Magazine – this is an award winning national adoption magazine. It is packed full of the latest adoption news and stories. We have enjoyed reading it since 2006.
- Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It; Straight Answers to Heartfelt Questionsby Dr.Ray Guarendi. This is a great book about adoption from someone who has dealt with infertility and went on to adopt 10 kids!
- Adoption: Your Step By Step Guideby Mardie Caldwell, the founder of Lifetime Adoption. This book offers practical, easy to follow guidelines to help you on your adoption journey.
- Your Sacred Adoption: A Guided Journal of Life, Love and Memories This is an excellent adoption journal that you can fill out during your adoption process.
- Secret Thoughts of An Adoptive Mother by Jana Wolff. This is a great book describing the emotions felt during and after the adoption process.
- You CAN Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption by Julie Gumm. She has been featured on The Dave Ramsey Show with her book that will help you fund your adoption with a bunch of creative ideas.
- Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis. This is a great story about adoption and the importance of a loving family.
- Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman. This book is a must read for adoptive families about the past, present, and future of adoption.
- The Eye of Adoption by Jody Dyer. In my opinion, EVERY hopeful adoptive parent should read this. It is Jody’s story about how she and her husband adopted a newborn in an open adoption. Click here to listen to the interview I did with Jody about her story and book.
- ABC, Adoption & ME by Gayle Swift. This is a awesome children’s adoption book. It is so unique because is uses every letter in the alphabet to talk about lots of adoption topics. Click here to read my review of the book.
- From Pain to Parenthood: A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption by Deanna Kahler. This book is all about her journey to building their family through domestic infant adoption. As you read this book, you’ll follow Deanna as she tells her incredible story of going through painful miscarriages to get to the joy of parenting through adoption. Click here to listen to the interview I did with Deanna about her story and book.
- How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio by Madeleine Melcher. This is a step-by-step guide to creating a portfolio that will reflect your personality, make a strong positive impact and encourage the right birth family to choose you. Click here to listen to the interview I did with Madeleine about her adoption story along with tips to create a successful profile.
- Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent’s Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children – by Rachel Garlinghouse. This popular book was written by an adoptive mom of three. She shares her experience, her heart, and her passion for transracial adoption. Click here to listen to the interview I did with Rachel.
Encouragement for the Adoption and Parenting Journey: 52 Devotions and a Journal by Rachel Garlinghouse and Madeleine Melcher. This is a weekly devotional that includes a biblical passage that talks about how it applies to the adoption and/or adoptive parenting journey. The authors are both adoptive moms and Melcher is also an adoptee. This book provides support for the ups and downs of the adoption journey.
ADOPTION HELP & RESOURCE SITES
- LifetimeAdoption.com – an adoption facilitator based out of California that we have personally used to adopt our daughter. Their christian mission is to bring birthmothers and adoptive families together.
- HelpUsAdopt.org – this is a non-profit financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples with grants of up to $15,000 towards their adoption expenses.
- American Academy of Adoption Attorneys – The Academy is the largest and most accessible resource for finding an adoption attorney.
- Childwelfare.gov – this is the government website that answers adoption questions as they pertain to your state.
- AdoptionAgencyRatings.com – This is a site that provides ratings from adoptive families, birthmothers, etc.
- ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children). These are the rules that make sure children are properly placed when adoption occurs between states (eg. the baby is born in a different state than where you live.)
- Pear-now.org – Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform. Their mission is to provide resources and a voice for adoptive parents. They have a great PDF printable guide to researching U.S. adoption agencies.
- NACAC -North American Council on Adoptable Children – focuses on parent education and information sharing along with adoption support.
- YourAdoptionFinanceCoach.com – this is a great system which includes live coaching, on-demand training videos, budget and planning templates, and other great features. It equips adoptive families with the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption.
ADOPTION BLOGS & PROFILE SERVICES
- AdoptionProfileVideo.com – this is my site dedicated to helping hopeful adoptive families create and share an adoption profile video. Profile videos are what my wife and I have used to connect with children’s birthparents. Videos are making adoption connections easier, faster, and with less hassle than ever before.
- Adoptimist.com – a website dedicated to connecting expectant mothers with qualified families ready to adopt. Through their innovative marketing tools, they’re making adoption connections easier, faster, and with less hassle than ever before. They also help you create a great adoption profile.
- ParentProfiles.com – a unique environment created for birthmothers and hopeful adoptive parents to find each other, establish relationships, and create adoption situations that meet the needs of everyone.
- For The Love of Alex: A Birthmother’s Story – this is an awesome blog from a birthmother telling her story over several blog posts.
- HopingToAdopt.org – this is a FREE adoption profile listing service. You can also order adoption pass along cards and they can help set you up with a Facebook page.
- MomAtLast.com – a place to share your journey to motherhood and to meet others who are on their journey.
- WhiteSugarBrownSugar.com – a blog by author and adoptive mom, Rachel Garlinghouse (see her book listed above).
- OurJourneyToYou.com – a personalized profile creation service from Madeleine Melcher, an adoptive mom and adoptee.
- AdoptionProfilesByDesign.com – a profile creation design and creation service who will also send you professionally printed copies of your profile.
ADOPTION FORUMS & SUPPORT
- Adoptive Family Circle – This is one of the best adoption forums on the web. A lot of support and good information from people that are going through the same process as you.
- Adoption Voices – An adoption social network/forum with options to tweet, read adoption news, and more.
- FACEBOOK Support Group – this is a private Facebook group that includes hopeful adoptive parents, birthmoms, and adoptees. Around 4,000 members who are ready to provide you with support and answers to your domestic adoption questions.
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