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Adopt Special Needs: Resources - Book ListThe resource list below is provided as a courtesy to those interested in learning more about special needs and adoption. LWB does not verify that information and does not endorse any book, group, physician or medical facility. If you have other book suggestions, please email us.

  • Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids, Gregory Keck and Robin Kupecky
  • Adopting the Older Child, Claudia Jewett
  • Adoption Parenting, Jean McLeod. Over 100 contributors helped EMK Press compile advice specifically for adoptive parents. 
  • Attachment Trauma and Healing: Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorder in Children and Families, Terry Levy and Michael Orlans
  • Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control:  A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors, Heather T. Forbes  and B. Bryan Post
  • Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children, Cheri Register. A collection of essays with an honest look at some of the issues that transracial and international adoptive parents must face.
  • The Body Keeps the Score:  Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children, Daniel Hughes
  • China Ghosts: My Daughter’s Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood, Jeff Gammage
  • The Connected Child:  Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, Dr. Karyn Purvis
  • The Connected Parent:  Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment, Dr. Karyn Purvis
  • Damaged Angels: An Adoptive Mother Discovers the Tragic Toll of Alcohol in Pregnancy, Bonnie Buxton
  • The Deepest Well:  Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and Adversity, Nadine Burke Harris
  • Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families, Myra Alperson. Written by a Jewish mother of a Chinese daughter, drawing on extensive interviews of transracial families.
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline:  The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict, Becky A. Bailey
  • From Fear to Love:  Your Essential Guide to Parenting Adopted and Foster Children, B. Bryan Post
  • The Handbook of International Adoption by Dr. Laurie Miller. An overview of medical and developmental issues affecting internationally adopted children; provides guidelines for physicians and families before, during, and after adoption.
  • How To Talk So Your Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Inside Transracial Adoption, Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall. Designed to support transracial parents during that lifelong learning process. Includes real-life examples and specific strategies for success. Written primarily from the perspective of Caucasian parents adopting African American children domestically.
  • I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from Korean Birthmothers to Their Children, Sara Dorow
  • A Long Way Home: A Boy’s Incredible Journey from India to Australia and Back Again, Saroo Brierly
  • Love in the Driest Season, Neely Tucker. A family’s memoir of adoption from Zimbabwe.
  • Make Me a Mother, Susan Antonetta. A memoir written by the author describing her adoption from Korea.
  • The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol Dependency and the Vulnerable ChildIra Chasnoff
  • Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma, Deborah Gray
  • Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity, Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert, and Mary Ann Hess
  • Our Own:  Adopting and Parenting the Older Child, Trish Maskew. This book thoroughly explores both the joys and the challenges of older child adoption, whether domestically or internationally.
  • The Out-Of-Sync Child:  Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Carol Kranowitz
  • The Out-Of-Sync Child Grows Up:  Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years, Carol Kranowitz
  • The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun, Carol Kranowitz
  • The Post-Adoption Blues:  Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption, Karen J. Foli and John R. Thompson. A compassionate, illuminating, and ultimately uplifting book that openly recognizes the very normal feelings of stress that adoptive families encounter as they cope with the challenges and expectations of their new families. 
  • Parenting Children With Health Issues:  Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids with Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs, Foster W. Cline and Lisa Greene
  • Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child:  From Your First Hours Together Through The Teen Years, Patty Cogen
  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids:  How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Dr. Laura Markhkam
  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, Dr. Laura Markham
  • Sensational Kids:  Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Dr. Miller brings together a lifetime of study to teach parents and others the signs and symptoms of SPD and its four major subtypes; ways the disorder is diagnosed and treated; sensory strategies for living with the condition; and methods to help SPD kids thrive.
  • Siblings Without Rivalry:  How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, Adele Farber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Special Needs, Special Families, Avis Coleman. This book is a compilation of stories about families who struggled with the health or development of a child and turned their efforts into triumphs.
  • Traumatic Experience and the Brain:  A Handbook For Understanding and Treating Those Traumatized as Children, Dave Ziegler
  • The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive ParentingSally Donovan
  • Voices from Another Place: A Collection of Works from a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries, Susan Soon-Keum Cox. A collection of works by adult adoptees adopted from Korea.
  • A Wealth of Family: An Adopted Son’s International Quest for Heritage, Reunion and Enrichment, Thomas Brooks
  • What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry
  • The Whole Brain Child, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. In this practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer an approach to child-rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.
  • Wounded Children Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Foster and Adoptive Families, Jayne Schooler and Betsey Keefer Smalley

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