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Best Adoption Books Reviewed & Ranked

There are countless Adoption courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child (1993)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedThe Primal Wound is a book which is revolutionizing the way we think about adoption. In its application of information about pre- and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss, it clarifies the effects of separation from the birth mother on adopted children. In addition, it gives those children, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behavior. Since its original publication in 1993, The Primal Wound has become a classic in adoption literature and is considered the adoptees’ bible. The insight which is brought to the…
Author(s): Nancy Newton Verrier

2. And That’s Why She’s My Mama (2018)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedWhat is a Mama? A mama is someone who is always there for you. She makes you your favorite food, takes you to the park, and kisses your boo-boos better. Some mamas didn’t hold you in their belly, but they will forever hold you in their hearts. Mamas come in all different shapes, colors, and ages, but they all have one thing in common. They love you! Enjoy the multiple characters in this children’s story which explores the loving tasks of what makes a mama.Recommended ages 1-7…
Author(s): Tiarra Nazario

3. I’m Yours: An adoption story from a mother’s heart (CareFully Crafted Children’s Books) (Volume 1) (2018)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedAn instant bond with a photo, an invisible red thread, an All-Knowing God who hears our prayers… It is miraculous when a parent and child are connected thru adoption.."I'm Yours" is an adoption story from the heart of a mother. The story is told and illustrated in a way that appeals to children (and adults) of all ages. If you're an adoptive parent or an adoptee, you'll relate to the emotions expressed in this book. It is a perfect keepsake and the perfect gift for anyone who can relate to adoption. …
Author(s): Ashley Cameron, Kaelyn Reese

4. The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family (2007)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedThe adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family–and addressing their special needs–requires care, consideration, and compassion. Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you: "A must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children." –Carol S. Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child"Drs. Purvis and Cross have…
Author(s): Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, et al.

5. Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year (2018-2019) (2018)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedAdopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year (2018-2019 edition) fully explains not only independent, agent and intercountry adoption, but fifteen different subtypes (including the best – but little known – options (such as states that have the best laws and permit non-residents to adopt there). Adopting in America details: Keys to selecting the best agency or attorney; a review of each state’s unique laws and procedures (When does she sign her consent to adoption? How long does she have to change her mind? What are the rights of the birth father? Et cetera) and lists adoption attorneys within…
Author(s): Randall Hicks

6. In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends. (Mom’s Choice Award Winner) (2010)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedOne adoption social worker called In On It "the adoption book for everyone else": the grandparents and friends, neighbors and colleagues, aunts and uncles, teachers and caregivers of adoptive families. In On It contains helpful advice and instructive anecdotes from adoptive parents, adult adoptees, adoption professionals, and the friends and relatives of already established adoptive families. The author, an adoptive parent herself, has written an informative, friendly and very useful adoption guide that informs and enlightens readers even as it offers them a warm welcome into adoption….
Author(s): Elisabeth O’Toole

7. Tandem: A Devotional for Adopting with God in the Lead (2017)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedWhether you are considering adoption or have already launched your adoption, this award-winning book will take you step-by-step down the adoption path and leave you standing in the shadow of our Lord with a child in your arms.Allowing God to be in the front seat of your adoption will make all the difference as you navigate the tougher moments and celebrate the exhilarating ones.WHAT? You don’t trust anyone else but yourself to steer in the front seat. Me too.As an adoptive parent, I’ve been in your shoes. But, friend, your ability to withstand the…
Author(s): Alison A England

8. Happy Adoption Day! (2001)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedThis adaptation of McCutcheon’s song commemorates the day when a child joins an adoptive family. Complete with musical notation, these verses reassure adopted children they are special. Full-color illustrations….
Author(s): John McCutcheon, Julie Paschkis

9. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew (1999)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & Ranked"Birthdays may be difficult for me.""I want you to take the initiative in opening conversations about my birth family.""When I act out my fears in obnoxious ways, please hang in there with me.""I am afraid you will abandon me."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…
Author(s): Sherrie Eldridge

10. Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents (2012)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedAttaching in Adoption is a comprehensive guide for prospective and actual adoptive parents on how to understand and care for their adopted child and promote healthy attachment. This classic text provides practical parenting strategies designed to enhance children’s happiness and emotional health. It explains what attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children’s emotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect, cooperation and trust. Parenting techniques are matched to children’s emotional needs and stages, and checklists are included to help parents assess how their child is doing at each…
Author(s): Deborah D. Gray

11. Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency (2019)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedBased on a hugely successful US model, the Seven Core Issues in Adoption is the first conceptual framework of its kind to offer a unifying lens that was inclusive of all individuals touched by the adoption experience. The Seven Core Issues are Loss, Rejection, Shame/Guilt, Grief, Identity, Intimacy, and Mastery/Control. The book expands the model to be inclusive of adoption and all forms of permanency: adoption, foster care, kinship care, donor insemination and surrogacy. Attachment and trauma are integrated with the Seven Core Issues model to address and normalize the…
Author(s): Sharon Roszia, Allison Davis Maxon

12. Coco & Olive: The Color of Love (2019)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedCoco & Olive: The Color of Love is a celebration of family, in all of its glorious shapes and colors. Explore the true color of love and the beauty of family diversity with Coco & Olive, a canine mother and daughter pair, who come together through adoption. Filled with imaginative characters and stunning illustrations, this is a story about finding home, not in a building, but in each other’s hearts. Written by international adoptee and mother-by-adoption, Michelle Madrid-Branch….
Author(s): Michelle Madrid-Branch, Erin Darling

13. The Daughter of Adoption: A Tale of Modern Times (Broadview Editions) (2013)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedJohn Thelwall’s The Daughter of Adoption: A Tale of Modern Times is a witty and wide-ranging work in which the picaresque and sentimental novel of the eighteenth century confronts the revolutionary ideas and forms of the Romantic period. Thelwall puts his two main characters, the conflicted English gentleman Henry Montfort and the Creole Seraphina Parkinson, through their paces in a slave rebellion in Haiti, where they barely escape with their lives, and in London society, where Henry almost loses his soul. Combining political analysis with melodrama…
Author(s): John Thelwall , Michael Scrivener, et al.

14. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption: 101 Stories about Forever Families and Meant-to-Be Kids (2015)

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & RankedA reissue of Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul, this updated collection has even more heartwarming and encouraging stories—your favorites from the original, plus new bonus stories—all about the joy of adoption.Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption will encourage and uplift you with its touching, personal stories about forever families and meant-to-be kids, with insight into what adoption is all about and what it’s really like to be adopted. You’ll be inspired by this special compilation that celebrates the bonds between parents…
Author(s): Amy Newmark, LeAnn Thieman

Best Adoption Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some adoption books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption

Author(s): Barbara Bisantz Raymond
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Year: 29 Apr 2009, Size: 565 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2392990

The Plural Practice of Adoption in Pacific Island States

Author(s): Jennifer Corrin, Sue Farran
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311287

Afraid of All the Things: Tornadoes, Cancer, Adoption, and Other Stuff You Need the Gospel For

Author(s): Scarlet Hiltibidal
Publisher: B Books, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2330478

The Impact of Service Oriented Architecture Adoption on Organizations

Author(s): Naghmeh Niknejad, Ab Razak Che Hussin, Iraj Sadegh Amiri
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354925

Earthen Dwellings and Structures: Current Status in their Adoption

Author(s): B. V. Venkatarama Reddy, Monto Mani, Pete Walker
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355701

Managing Enterprise Resource Planning Adoption and Business Processes

Author(s): Chuck C.H. Law
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400324

ICT Unbounded, Social Impact of Bright ICT Adoption: IFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2019, Accra, Ghana, June 21–22, 2019, Proceedings

Author(s): Yogesh Dwivedi, Emmanuel Ayaburi, Richard Boateng, John Effah
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408610

The innovator's imperative : rapid technology adoption for digital transformation

Author(s): Stephen J Andriole, Thomas Cox, Kaung M. Khin
Publisher: Auerbach Publications;CRC Press, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2178149

Adoption in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century

Author(s): Julie Samuels
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2203923

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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