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Recommended Adoption Booklist

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Adoption, Identity, and Kinship: The Debate Over Sealed Birth Records; Katarina Weger (1996).
Adoption Triangle: Sealed or Open Records: How They Affect Adoptees, Birthparents & Adoptive Parents – Arthur Sorosky M.D., Rueben Pannor M.S.W. & Annette Baran M.S.W. (1989).
Adoption: The Facts, Feelings, and Issues of a Double Heritage; Jean DuPrati (1990).

Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families and America; Adam Pertman  (2011)


Adoption Reader: Birth Mothers, Adoptive Mothers & Adopted Daughters Tell Their Stories, Susan Wadia Ells (1995).
Adoption Reunions: A Book For Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Families; Michelle McColm (1993).
Birth Bond: Reunions Between Birthparents and Adoptees: What Happens After: Judith Gediman (1991).
Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents; Jean Strauss (1994).
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search For Self; David Brodzinsky PhD., Marshall Schechter M.D.
The Family of Adoption: Joyce Maguire Pavao, EdD., LSCW (1998).
Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure In The History of Adoption; E. Wayne Carp (1998).
no  image available The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades before Roe V Wade; Ann Fessler (2006).
How to Open an Adoption: A Guide For Parents and Birthparents of Minors; Patricia Martinez Dorner (1997).
Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found; Sarah Saffian (1998).
Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness; Betty Jean Lifton
Kinship With Strangers: Adoption & Interpretations of Kinship in American Culture; J. Modell
Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience; Betty Jean Lifton
The Other Mother: Carol Schaefer
Out of The Shadows: Birthfather’s Stories; Mary Martin
Primal Wound: Legacy of the Adopted Child; Nancy Verrier, MA, (Adoptive Mother) The effects of separation of mother and child. The key to the psychology of the adoptee (1993).
Searching For A Past: The Adopted Adults Unique Process of Finding Identity; Jayne Schooler (1995).
Soul Connection: Ann Hughes – A Birthmother’s Search for Daughter (1999).
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew: A Guide for Helping Your Child Give Voice to Their Feelings; Sherrie Eldridge.