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 Australia

Adopting Overseas - A Guide to Adopting from Australia, plus personal stories that will inspire you
Author: Lucy Burns, Ailsa Burns

/showurl.php?url=2366 "Intercountry adoption is the most common form of adoption in Australia. This wonderful book looks not only at the processes involved in adopting a child from other countries into Australian families but also includes the findings of the largest survey of adoptive parents in Australia. The information they share with us and their personal experiences are heartwarming, inspiring and sometimes confronting, the stories are compelling reading! This book is the first comprehensive account of adopting from overseas with tips on travel, health and child care, through the advice of other adoptive parents and experts. This book provides useful tips and coping strategies for managing change for both the parents and children of adoptive families who may be experiencing problems.It is a resource for families considering inter-country adoption in Australia as well as those who have adopted children, as well as adoption professionals and those working in the area of child welfare generally."
-- Bookworm

Books: Australia


Adoption Down Under - A complete guide on how to adopt, relinquish and search within Australia.
Author: Meredith Grant
www.adoptiondownunder.com.au www.adoptiondownunder.com.au

/showurl.php?url=2865 "I believe this book is unique to Australian adoption, providing a one-stop comprehensive reference designed to help anyone interested in adopting, relinquishing or searching their birth origins within Australia.

As both an adopted child and adoptive parent my understanding of Australian adoption matters is comprehensive, recognising the existing gap on adoption issues in Australia, and the need for this subject to be bridged.

This book has been written to raise awareness for those who in all facets have been affected through adoption, and to act as a guide for those considering local adoption or other options such as permanent care. It will provide all the information you need for getting the ball rolling, who to contact, what to expect throughout the processes, placement and beyond.

The need for searching birth origins remains important for both birth parents and adoptee's, past and present and Adoption Down Under, therefore provides all the relevant networks available for support, who to contact and how to prepare for the emotional journey ahead.

I hope this book will become a much needed and valuable resource for all of you who have ever had any unanswered questions or doubts about our adoption system here in Australia. I wish you all the very best in your personal journey!"
-- Meredith Grant
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Books: Australia


The Lucy Family Alphabet
Author: Judith Lucy

/showurl.php?url=2381 "A great deal of Judith Lucy's successful stand-up shtick has centred around her crazy family and in particular her parents. Therefore when someone made a passing comment that implied she must despised them Lucy was shocked and decided to set the record straight. This A to Z (A is for arguments, B is for bathing...) of the Lucy family is both funny and honest but mostly it is a tragically poignant portrayal of life growing up in a dysfunctional family in the Perth of the 1960s and 1970s. While Lucy continues to mine the material for a joke anywhere she can find one, there are plenty of incidents where perhaps the only way to cope was to find the laugh. The Lucy Family Alphabet gives us insight into one of Australia's funniest comedians and provides the context for many of her long-running gags. Avoiding any of the usual relinquished-child narrative sentimentality, it is respectful of her parents' lopsided way of demonstrating their love while allowing Lucy's irreverent voice to remain distinctively clear. I am a sucker for any book as nakedly honest as this one but if you (or the intended recipient) are easily offended then perhaps this is not for you."
-- Fishpond

Books: Australia, Celebrity Adoption - Judith Lucy


The Promise I Kept
Author: Adele Rickerby
www.memoirspublishing.com www.memoirspublishing.com

/showurl.php?url=2991 "In 1991, unable to have a second child because of a medical problem and struggling to cope in a failing marriage, New Zealander Adele Rickerby decided to take her future in her hands by adopting a child from Romania. The misguided policies of the recently-deposed Ceasescu government on family planning had led to the birth of an estimated 100,000 unwanted babies in that country. The Promise I Kept is Adele's story of her nightmare journey halfway round the world to find and adopt a baby, to negotiate her way through the barriers created by red tape and corrupt officialdom and finally to carry her tiny new daughter safely home to a life where she could be properly loved and cared for."
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Books: Australia, Romania


 Brazil

Rain Forest Girl: More Than an Adoption Story
Author: Chalise Miner

/showurl.php?url=2356 "The true-life cross-cultural adoption story of Diana Miner. Author Chalise Miner details her adopted daughter's last few years in her primitive homeland to her arrival in the United States in late 1990. The story is told through the eyes of a child who didn't really understand why her life was suddenly turned upside down. The tale of a little girl beating the odds was composed to capture the attention and imagination of children everywhere--especially those who were adopted at an older age from a foreign country by American parents."
-- Jacket Flap

Books: Brazil, For Children


 China

A Passage to the Heart
Author: Amy Klatzkin

/showurl.php?url=2255 "An anthology of 100 lively, informative articles on all aspects of adopting from China.The voices in Passage are fresh, direct, and informed. Read original research by Kay Johnson and her Chinese colleagues--the world's top authorities on adoption and abandonment in China. Get advice from renowned physicians Dana Johnson, Jerri Ann Jenista, and others who specialize in international adoption. Enjoy personal accounts from adoptive parents about the joys of adopting and the challenges and triumphs of parenthood. The writers--adoptive parents and adoption and medical professionals from across the United States, Canada and Britain--discuss the process up close and personally, from the emotionally charged period of waiting to adopt, through the adoption journey, settling in as a new or enlarged family, specific issues of health and development in young children adopted from China, the special rewards and challenges of adopting children over the age of one and of single parenting, perspectives on adoption from China from inside and outside the adoption community, the loaded issues of culture, language, identity, and race, accounts of going back to China after adopting, and, finally, a look down the road of adoptive family life at issues that don't come up in families formed the "usual" way. A Passage to the Heart: Writings from Families with Children from China is the collaborative effort of more than two dozen chapters of FCC and similar adoptive-family support groups in three countries."
-- Amazon

Each purchase benefits The Amity Foundation (Families with Children from China: An Appeal from FCC Orphanage Assistance Programs) and The Foundation for Chinese Orphanages (FCC Orphanage Appeal), both of which have been working to improve conditions in Chinese orphanages since the mid 1990s.

Books: China


From Home to Homeland. What Adoptive Families Need to Know Before Making a Return Trip to China
Author: Debra Jacobs, Iris Chin Ponte, Leslie Kim Wang

/showurl.php?url=2388 "Every year, hundreds of adoptive families embark on homeland trips to China and other countries. Homeland trips offer great opportunities for helping adopted children develop a coherent narrative that makes sense of their complicated beginnings. Although the trip can be a joyful experience, it can also raise many challenges." - Yeong and Yeong

Books: China


Grace from China
Author: Jacqueline A. Kolosov

Books: China


I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
Author: Rose A. Lewis

Books: China, For Children


Kids Like Me in China
Author: Ying Ying Fry

Books: China


The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption
Author: Jean Davies Okimoto, Elaine M. Aoki, Meilo So

Books: China, For Children


Throwaway Daughter
Author: Ting-Xing Ye, William Bell, Ye Ting-xing

Books: China


Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son
Author: Kay Ann Johnson

Books: China


When You Were Born in China
Author: Sara Dorow

/showurl.php?url=2254 A moving photo-essay that provides a child's eye look at Chinese adoptions, helping to explain some of the whys and hows that have brought these children to their new families. The book speaks directly to the adopted child, assuring her that hers is a special story, one that started in an ancient and amazing country.

Books: China


 India

Daughter of the Ganges
Author: Asha Miro

Books: India


Love Our Way: A Mother's Story
Author: Julia Rollings

Books: India


 Korea, South

Digging to America
Author: Anne Tyler

Books: Korea, South


Dreaming a World: Korean Birth Mothers Tell Their Stories
Author: Sangsoon Han

/showurl.php?url=2387 "A powerful follow-up to I Wish for You a Beautiful Life, this new book gives voice to seventeen Korean birth mothers, who tell their stories looking back from the present to the time they were pregnant and gave birth. They describe their situations then, the decisions they had to make, and their lives in the time since. What they have to tell us is both heart-breaking and compelling, from voices seldom heard." - Yeong and Yeong

Books: Korea, South


HERE: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota
Author: Kim Jackson, Heewon Lee

/showurl.php?url=2389 "Minnesota has one of the highest number of adopted Koreans, per capita, in the world, and yet there is nothing in our state's annals to document this. This book was conceived to recognize the 13,000-15,000 of us who have immigrated to Minnesota, and to celebrate our existence, experiences, and perspectives, which are as diverse as our faces. We are everyday people, yet unique. We are girls, boys, women, men, babies, teens, and adults; singles, partnered, married, gay, straight, and transgendered; sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. We are a living, breathing part of Minnesota history." - Yeong and Yeong

Books: Korea, South


I Wish for You a Beautiful Life
Author: Sara Dorow

Books: Korea, South


International Korean Adoption: A Fifty-year History of Policy and Practice
Author: Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist

Books: Korea, South


Kimchi and Calamari
Author: Rose Kent

Books: Korea, South


Korean for Kids Flash Cards
Author: Laura Armitage

Books: Korea, South


Many Lives Intertwined
Author: Hyun Sook Han

Books: Korea, South


The Complete Adoption Book
Author: Laura Beauvais-Godwin, Raymond Godwin

Books: Korea, South


The Letter Never Sent II: Korean adoptees' letters to their birth families
Author: IECEF Adoptees' Homecoming

Books: Korea, South


Voices from Another Place
Author: Susan Soon-Keum Cox

Books: Korea, South


When You Were Born in Korea
Author: Brian Boyd

/showurl.php?url=2250 When You Were Born in Korea is a moving photo-essay that provides a child's eye look at Korean adoptions, helping to explain some of the "whys" and "hows" that have brought these children to their new families. The book speaks directly to the adopted child, assuring her that hers is a special story, one that started in an ancient and amazing country. The text then suggests that maybe the reader has a few questions about her story, how she was born in Korea, who might have known her then, and how she came to be adopted.

Books: Korea, South


 Philippines

One way to form a family
Author: Natalie Hoppe
www.amazon.com www.amazon.com

/showurl.php?url=3124 "This book describes the way a family can be formed through adoption. It is caring, honest and child friendly. Written by an adoptive mum with gorgeous photographs of families courtesy of Hannah Gough from Hannah Photography. Reading this book with your little one will give them a better understanding of how your family came together when they were adopted. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Sumapi, a charity created in response to the desperate plight of orphans and widows in the Philippines."
-- Amazon
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Books: Philippines


 Romania

Romania - For Export Only - The untold story of the Romanian "orphans"
Author: Roelie Post

Books: Child Trafficking, Romania


The Promise I Kept
Author: Adele Rickerby
www.memoirspublishing.com www.memoirspublishing.com

/showurl.php?url=2991 "In 1991, unable to have a second child because of a medical problem and struggling to cope in a failing marriage, New Zealander Adele Rickerby decided to take her future in her hands by adopting a child from Romania. The misguided policies of the recently-deposed Ceasescu government on family planning had led to the birth of an estimated 100,000 unwanted babies in that country. The Promise I Kept is Adele's story of her nightmare journey halfway round the world to find and adopt a baby, to negotiate her way through the barriers created by red tape and corrupt officialdom and finally to carry her tiny new daughter safely home to a life where she could be properly loved and cared for."
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Books: Australia, Romania


 Russian Federation

A Guide to Russian Adoption: Professional Counseling and Personal Insights
Author: Alisa White Karwowski

/showurl.php?url=2385 The How-To guide you need if you are thinking about adopting from Russia.

Books: Russian Federation


A Nest For Our Russian Doll
Author: Verda Koene Koene Hanrahan

/showurl.php?url=2371 A journey through infertility leads a couple halfway across the world to a village north of Moscow where they meet a small two-and-a-half-year-old child who had only known the orphanage as home.

Books: Russian Federation


The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption
Author: Janis Cooke Newman

Books: Russian Federation


Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption
Author: Theresa Reid

Books: Russian Federation


Your Day is Our Day
Author: Alisa White Karwowski

/showurl.php?url=2386 A book for children. It compares a child's life in a Russian orphanage to that of a child living in USA.

Books: Russian Federation


 USA

Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
Author: Elyse Schein, Paula Bernstein

Books: Twins in Adoption, USA


Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption
Author: Barbara Katz Rothman

Books: USA


 Vietnam

Bringing Our Angel Home
Author: Tracy Sanford Pillow

/showurl.php?url=2372 "A wee one is found, softly whimpering, on a small patch of dirt in the heart of southern Vietnam. At the orphanage, they discover her name and birthdate scrawled on her arm."

Books: Vietnam


Oceans Apart: A Voyage of International Adoption
Author: Mary Mustard Reed

Books: Adoptees, Vietnam


When You Were Born in Vietnam
Author: Therese Bartlett

/showurl.php?url=2257 This is a unique book in adoption literature, generalized international adoption which is professionally photographed and annotated. Combine the artistry of a talented couple, a skilled professional photographer and a creative graphic artist, with the lush beauty of Vietnam, and you will have a creation anyone would be proud to own.

Books: Vietnam


Adoptees

A mother's disgrace
Author: Robert Dessaix

Books: Adoptees


Missing Links: The True Story of an Adoptee's Search for His Birth Parents
Author: Vincent J Begley

Books: Adoptees, Birth Parents


Oceans Apart: A Voyage of International Adoption
Author: Mary Mustard Reed

Books: Adoptees, Vietnam


For Children

"A" is for Adopted
Author: Eileen Tucker Cosby

Books: For Children


A Family for Jamie
Author: Suzanne Bloom

Books: For Children


A Forever Family
Author: Roslyn Banish, Jennifer Jordan-Wong

Books: For Children


A Mother for Choco  
Author: Keiko Kasza

/showurl.php?url=2287 "If you are an adoptive parent and in particular an adoptive parent of a child who does not share your skin color, this book is for you! This is an incredibly heartwarming story of a little wee yellow bird named Choco. He is all alone and looking for a mother. He stumbled accross various animals who tell him that they cannot be his mother because of various physical differences. Like the giraffe who says that she does not have wings like him. After being rejected a few times, Choco dissolves into tears. A beautiful big bear hears him and runs to the rescue. This is where the story really gets super sweet, and I admit getting very teary eyed when I read it. She then goes through the list of things Choco's mother would do to make him feel better if she were there -- and then she does them. And in the end she invites him to join her family and off they go to her house. When they arrive, Choco discovers that the bears children are various animals, and not one of them is a bear!"
-- Book Blab

Books: For Children


Abby
Author: Jeannette Caines

Books: For Children


Adoption is for Always
Author: Linda W. Girard

Books: For Children


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