Tuesday’s Answers: Top Adoption Books

You all are wonderful!  Thank you for the many great book recommendations, some of which were brand new to me.  You can read the complete comments in the original post.  I have listed your favorites here  in no particular order:

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You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide

Adopting in America

Parenting the Hurt Child

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma

Twenty Things Adopted Children Wished Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Loved By Choice

Parenting With Love and Logic

Can This Child Be Saved?

The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine

Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft

Beyond Consequences Logic and Control

Adopted for Life

We have read countless books, many of them very good, but the two books that I come back to over and over (and keep on my desk) are Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray and The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Sarah
    March 30, 2010

    My new favorite is Parenting your Internationally Adopted Child. It rocks and covers so many great topics in great detail.

  2. Michelle Q
    March 30, 2010

    Another really great one is Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
    by Adam Pertman
    It has absolutely everything in it. SPD, FASD, food issues, attachment – all of it.

  3. Jen
    March 31, 2010

    Yes, THE CONNECTED CHILD is my very favorite – and one of the most biblical I have read.

  4. Stacy
    March 31, 2010

    Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections


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