Have I overwhelmed you with information over the past two weeks? I’ve included a link list near the end of this post with all the posts in my series, so you can catch up if you missed anything, or to come back and re-read if you want to digest some of the info before moving onto the next topic! I’ve added my “10 Days” button on my sidebar with a link to all ten posts so they’re easy to find for future reference.
I asked adoptive families to suggest resources for further information. Some of these books and resources are ideal for families just considering adoption, and some are fabulous for families who have already adopted and may need post-adoptive support.
One mom said she linked up with a ministry called Faith, Hope, Adoption when they were still thinking about adoption. This is an educational non-profit that helps make the adoption process less confusing. The organization offered a class at a local church, and she says this helped them decide what route to take to adopt. She says the best help was the class leader, who was available though-out the whole adoption process.
Another adoptive mom says she always recommends Loving Shepherd Ministries because their online process to help a family deal with the information overload and narrow their options is “just amazing.”
Several families recommended Focus on the Family resources.
I agree with the moms who say they found great encouragement and knowledge from other adoptive family’s blogs! There are seriously SO many great bloggers out there willing to share their hearts and their experiences. Do you have recommendations? Please leave them in the comments!
I have not yet watched these videos myself, so I cannot personally recommend them, but one mom said her favorite resource has been Christine Moers YouTube videos.
I’ve created An Adoptive Mother’s Prayers as a free download on my facebook page; you’ll find it listed under the “Extras” tab. Access it by “liking” my page, if you haven’t already.
I’ve collected quite a long list of recommended books. I have only read a few of these, but my “To Read” list has grown substantially! To make these books easier to find quickly, I’ve created an online list; as I find more recommendations, or read more myself, I’ll add them here: Adoption Resources.
- Adopted for Life – Russell Moore
- The Connected Child – Kathryn Purvis (bonding)
- Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children – Heather Forbes (bonding)
- Building the Bonds of Attachment – Daniel Hughes (bonding)
- Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family – Focus on the Family (bonding)
- It’s Okay to Cry: Helping Children Through the Losses of Life – H. Norman Wright
- When Love is not Enough – Nancy Thomas (bonding)
- In Their Own Voices – Rita Simon (transracial adoption)
- Spiritual Parenting – C. H. Spurgeon (parenting)
- Bringing Up Boys/Bringing Up Girls – James Dobson (parenting)
- Power of a Praying Parent – Stormie Omartian (parenting)
- Adopting The Hurt Child – Gregory C. Keck (foster or older child adoption)
- Parenting Adopted Adolescents – Gregory C. Keck (teens)
- Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be – EMK Press (teens)
- Beneath The Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens – Debbie Riley (teens)
Just because I’m done with this 10 Days series doesn’t mean I’m done with the topic of adoption! We’re in process of adopting again, and I’ll be sharing more about that as we go along. It’s already so different this time than it was when we adopted Lindsey. Doing this series has made me think of even MORE specific things I’d like to write about in regards to adoption, but if I’d included it ALL in these posts, your eyes would have totally glazed over with my way-long posts!! So keep coming back, friends! (Or just subscribe!)
Previous posts in my 10 Days of Adoption series:
1 – 10 Days of Adoption: Introduction
2 – Why is Adoption So Important?
3 – If We Want to Adopt, Where Do We Begin?
4 – Common Types of Adoption
5 – Greatest Misconceptions About Adoption
6 – Can We Afford to Adopt?
7 – Special Needs Adoption: Could I Handle It?
8 – One Big Happy Family: Bonding in Adoption
9 – Biggest Hurdles and Challenges in Adoption