FOR ADULTS

 
 
 

ADOPTION PHILOSOPHY AND EXPERIENCE BY DR. RANDOLPH SEVERSON

This book is a combination of psychology, poetry, scholarship, and the personal experiences of an adoption therapist working with all sides of the adoption triad--adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents. This series of essays details how healing may begin, and what impedes it under the current sealed record system. Dr. Severson's views on birthmother grief are compassionate and his observations on the adoption reform movement, are astute and true. His use of language is fluid expert, and poetic in the best sense his advice is down-to earth and useful, as well as profound.

 

BEING ADOPTED: THE LIFELONG SEARCH FOR SELF
BY D. BRODZINSKY, M. SCHECHTER, & R. HENIG

This book uses the poignant, powerful voices of  adoptees and adoptive parents to explore the  experience of adoption and its lifelong effects. A major  work, filled with astute analysis and moving  truths.

 

CHILDREN OF OPEN ADOPTION
BY KATHLEEN SILBER & PATRICIA MARTINEZ DORNER

This book examines the effects of open adoption on children. Two pioneers in the field examine scores of open adoption experiences from infancy to adolescence. Among topics covered: bonding, grief, communication, entitlement, and adoption understanding among children.

 

BEING ADOPTED
BY D. BRODZINSKY, M. SCHECHTER, & R. HENIG

Birthmothers presents intimate and stirring accounts of more than seventy women who surrendered babies for adoption. It follows their lives long-term, from discovery of their pregnancies through the present, and identifies the Birthmother Syndrome a pattern of behavior and emotions resulting from surrender. With heartwarming candor, it reveals the stories of the invisible side of the adoption triangle, and touches everyone involved in adoption, as well as anyone interested in motherhood, family and women in our society.

 

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: BIRTHFATHERS' STORIES
BY MARY MARTIN MASON

This book consists of interviews with seventeen men.  Reading this book would be helpful to many adult adoptees, and adoptive parents in particular, to help them see this wide variety of birth fathers. It may also be of help to birth mothers to read of various birth fathers’ stories, some similar to the father of their child, some very different. 

 
 
 

Openness in Adoption
by Harold Grotevant & Ruth McRoy

Harold Grotevant and Ruth mcroy provide a thorough review of the issues involved in openness in adoption and a clear description of the methods and results of the landmark research project they led. They provide rich data from an exceptional sample of adoptees, their adoptive parents and their birth mothers, and provide a perspective of their experiences as `triangular families' which openness generates. The last chapter reaches some general conclusions and discusses implications for future adoption practice.

 

ETHICS IN AMERICAN ADOPTION
BY L. ANNE BABB

Today in the United States there is a lack of consensus about what constitutes ethical practice in adoption. Destined to be seminal in the fields of ethics and adoption, this books offers numerous case studies describing what is wrong with America's adoption system, illustrating what the lack of applied ethical standards in adoption does to adoptees and those who love them, and raising many questions about what adoption facilitators are doing, who is accountable for what they are doing, and whose interests they are serving.

 

 

TWENTY THINGS ADOPTED KIDS WISH THEIR ADOPTIVE PARENTS KNEW
BY SHERRIE ELDRIDGE

 

The voices of adopted children are poignant, questioning. And they tell a familiar story of loss, fear, and hope. This extraordinary book, written by a woman who was adopted herself, gives voice to children's unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame. With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you love.

 

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO DISCUSS WHAT MATTERS MOST
BY D. STONE, B. PATTON, & SHEILA HEEN

This is not a book about adoption, but rather a book about how to begin a conversation that will be productive. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success.

 

* Book synopsis from Amazon.com