Adoption Reading & Websites
- Birth Mom Buds
An organization that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship to pregnant women considering adoption and to women who have already placed children for adoption.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
Resources and information about making the decision, planning and staying in touch through open adoption.
- Tapestry Books
Comprehensive list of books about various issues relating to the adoption experience.
- Insight! Open Adoption Resources and Support
Committed to providing the most current, accurate and thoughtful information on open adoption.
- The Third Choice: A Woman's Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption, by Leslie Foge and Gail Mosconi
The Third Choice takes potential birthmothers through their pregnancies, the birth, the relinquishment process, and the grief and recovery periods afterward.
- Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby, by Kathleen Silber and Phyllis Speedlin
Using correspondence between birth parents and adoptive parents, this book debunks many of the myths that surrounds birth parents.
- Saying Goodbye to Baby, by Patricia Roles
Helps prepare birth parents for the grieving process as well as societal expectations.
- Given in Love, by Maureen Connelly
This book is especially useful for young mothers choosing an adoption plan.
- The Spirit of Open Adoption, by James L. Gritter
A candid, intensely personal, highly readable account of the experiences of one agency that switched from closed to open adoption.
- The Open Adoption Experience, by Lois Ruskai Melina and Sharon Kaplan Roszia
A guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of an open adoption.
- The Other Mother, by Carol Schaefer
A book in which every birth mother can find herself and her experience from pregnancy through search and reunion.
- A Birthparent's Book of Memories, by Brenda Romanchik
A fill in the blank journal for a birth parent to give to the child placed for adoption. This attractive journal will make it easier for the birth parent to tell their child about their family.
- Dear Birth Father, by Randolph W. Severson, Ph.D.
Written to give teenage birth fathers the information and support they need to make appropriate decisions.
- Out of the Shadows, by Mary Mason Martin
This book profiles a number of birth fathers in many different kinds of adoptions. Helps birth fathers feel that they are not alone.
- I Choose This Day: Mourning and Miracles in Adoption, by Sharon Fieker and Lori Smith
Sharon Fieker conveys in this book how the circumstances of the darkest period in her life evolved into the brightest time.
- Pregnant? Adoption is an Option, by Jeanne Lindsay
The book explores the emotional issues in choosing to place a child for adoption.