Adoptive Parents Resources

Helpful Websites:

Books and Journal Articles:


  • Ainsworth, Mary D., Blehar, Mary S., Waters, Everett & Wall, Sally.  Patterns of Attachment: A Psychological Study of the Strange Situation.  Erlbaum Association, Hillsdale, NJ, 1978.
  • Askin, Jayne.  A Handbook For Adoptees and Birthparents.  Oryx, Phoenix, AZ, 1992.
  • Barnard, K.E. & Brazelton, T.B.  Touch: The Foundation of Experience. International University Press, Madison, Conn., 1990.
  • Barth, Richard P. & Berry, Marianne.  Adoption and Disruption: Rates, Risks, Responses.  Aldine de Gruyter, Hawthorne, NY, 1998.
  • Belesky, Jay & Nezqorski, Teresa.  Clinical Implications of Attachment. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, NJ, 1987.
  • Brazelton, T.B.  Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Developmental Development.  Addison Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1992.
  • Brazelton, T.B.  What Every Baby Knows.  Addison Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1987.
  • Brodzinsky, David & Schecter, Marshall, ed.  The Psychology of Adoption. Oxford University Press, New York, 1990.
  • Brodzinsky, David, Singer, Leslie & Braff, Anne.  “Childrens’ Understanding of Adoption.”  Child Development 55, June, 1984, pp. 869-878.
  • Cline, Foster & Fay, Jim.  Parenting With Love and Logic.  Pinon Press, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1990.
  • Fahlberg, Vera.  Attachment and Separation.  Spaulding For Children.  P.O. Box 337, Chelsea, MI 48118, 1979.
  • Fahlberg, Vera.  A Child’s Journey Through Placement.  Perspective Press, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1991.
  • Geerars, Hetty, Hoksbergen, Rene & Rooda, Jannecke.  Adoptees On Their Way To Adulthood. University Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1996.
  • Gilman, Louis.  The Adoption Resource Book (3rd edition).  Harper-Collins Publishers, New York, 1992.
  • Gravelle, Karen & Fischer, Susan.  Where Are My Birthparents? A Guide for Teenage Adoptees.  Dalker and Co., New York, 1993.
  • Gray, Deborah.  Attaching in Adoption:  Practical Tools for Today’s Parents. Perspectives Press, Indianapolis, 2002.
  • Grow, I. & Shapiro, D.  Transracial Adoption Today: Views of Adoptive Parents and Social Workers.  Child Welfare League of America, Washington, D.C., 1975.
  • Hopkins-Best, Mary.  Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft.  Perspectives Press, Indianapolis, IN., 1997.
  • Hughes, Daniel.  Facilitating Developmental Attachment.  Jason Aronson, Inc. Northvale, NJ, 1997.
  • Jewett, Claudia.  Adopting the Other Child.  Harvard Common Press, Boston, MA., 1978.
  • Jewett, Claudia.  Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss.  The Harvard Common Press, Harvard, MA., 1982.
  • Karen, Robert.  Becoming Attached: Unfolding the Mysteries of the Infant Mother Bond and It’s Impact on Later Life.  Warner Brooks, New York, 1994.
  • Keck, Gregory & Kupecky, Regina.  Adopting the Hurt Child.  Pinon Press, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1995.
  • Keck, Gregory & Kupecky, Regina.  Parenting the Hurt Child.  Pinon Press. King, Patricia & Hamilton, Kendall.  “Bringing Kids All the Way Home.”  Newsweek, June 16, 1997.
  • Klaus, M. & Kennell, J.  Maternal Infant Bonding.  Mosby, Saint Louis, MO.,  1976.
  • Klaus, M. & Kennell, J.  Parent Infant Bonding.  Mosby, Saint Louis, MO., 1982.
  • Krementz, Jill.  How It Feels To Be Adopted.  Knopf, New York, 1988. Lancaster, Kathy.  Keys to Adopting a Child.  Barron’s Press, New York, 1994.
  • Lifton, Betty Jean.  Lost and Found – The Adoption Experience.  Harper &  Row Publishers, New York, 1979 (revised edition, 1989).
  • Lifton, Betty Jean.  Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter.  Penguin, New York, 1977.
  • Melina, Lois Ruskai.  Making Sense of Adoption: A Parent’s Guide.  Harper and Row, San Francisco, CA, 1989.
  • Melina, Lois Ruskai.  Raising Adopted Children: A Manual For Adoptive Parents.  Harper and Row, San Francisco, CA, 1986.
  • Melina, Lois Ruskai & Kaplan, Sharon.  The Open Adoption Experience. Harper & Row, New York, 1993.
  • Pannor, Reuben & Nerlove, Evelyn.  “Fostering Understanding Between Adolescents and Adoptive Parents Though Group Experiences.”  Child Welfare 56, September-October, 1977, pp. 537-545.
  • Pavao, Joyce Maguire.  The Family of Adoption.  Beacon Press, Boston, 1998.
  • Powell, Azizi.  “Raise Your Child With Ethnic Pride.”  OURS Magazine, November-December, 1988, pp. 26-29.
  • Reitz, Miriam & Watson, Ken.  Adoption and the Family System: Strategies for Treatment.  Guilford Press, New York, 1991.
  • Rosenberg, Elinor.  Adoption Life Cycle: The Children and Their Families
  •  Through the Years.  Free Press, New York, 1992.
  • Rosenthal, J.A. & Groze, Victor.  Special Needs Adoption: A Study of Intact Families.  Prager, New York, 1992.
  • Schaffer, Patricia.  How Babies and Families are Made: There is More Than One Way!  Tabor Sarah Books, Berkeley, CA, 1998.
  • Schooler, Jayne.  Searching For A Past.  Pinon Press, Colorado Springs, CO.,1995.
  • Schooler, Jayne.  The Whole Life Adoption Books: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family.  Pinon Press, Colorado Springs, CO, 1993.
  • Severson, Randolph.  Adoption Charms and Rituals for Healing.  House of Tomorrow Productions, Dallas, TX, 1991.
  • Van Gulden, Holly & Batels Rabb, Lisa.  Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child.  Crossroads Publishing Company, New York, 1993.
  • Verrier, Nancy Newton.  The Primal Wound.  Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.
  • Ward, Margaret.  “Full House: Adoption of a Large Sibling Group.”  Child Welfare 57 (4), July/August, Washington D.C., 1984.
  • Watkins, Mary & Fischer, Susan.  Talking With Younger Children About Adoption.  Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 1993.
  • Welch, Martha G., M.D.  Holding Time.  Simon & Schuster, New York, 1988.
  • Wheeler, Candace.  Shared Adventure: Helping Children Move Into Adoption.  Winking Owl Press, Rte. 4, Box 6468-12, Juneau, AK, 99803, 1978.



Phone – (646) 366-0830

24 hour helpline;  publishes magazines and sells books



16250 Northland Dr., Suite 120

Southfield, MI 48075

Phone – (248) 443-0306

education, publications



Phone – 1-800-765-ADOPT

Free catalogs;  Books on all aspects of adoption



330 C Street SW

Washington DC 20447

Phone – (888) 251-0075

 Information, referral and publications





970 Raymond Ave., Suite 106

St. Paul, MN 55114-1149

Phone – (651) 644-3036

 Strong advocate for special needs adoptions

Provides education and support for individuals and agencies and through lobbying efforts

NACAC has a representative in each state who maintains a list of adoptive parent groups and other resources


225 N. Washington Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone – (703) 299-6633

 Advocacy, public policy, information & publications



(Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children) 

95 W. Grand Avenue, Suite 206

Lake Villa, IL 60046

Voice: 866-453-8224   Fax: 847-356-1584


 An international coalition of parents, professionals and others working to increase awareness about attachment and its critical importance to human development.



4150 Truller Road, Suite 204

Dublin, OH 43017

Phone – 1-800-275-3832



 Advocacy, information and publications



7910 Woodmont Avenue

Suite 1350

Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone – (301) 652-8585

 Primarily provides education and support about infertility, but because many of its members have adopted, both the national headquarters and local chapters are excellent resources for adoptive parents