National Co-ordinator:
Ricky Brisson
P.O. Box 7420
Bondi Beach 2026 NSW

The Australian Intercountry Adoption Network (AICAN) was founded in 1990 and is the national network of non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in international adoption.  More...

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August 2011

Jesse's World  
Author: Basia Bonkowski

/showurl.php?url=2209 "A story of adoption and the global family. Jesse's World is inspired by the short but wonderful life of Jesse Scott, a brave young Colombian boy who was adopted in 1992 and came to Australi to become part of a new family. His life however, reached far beyond his small family. When Jesse was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease of the brain, it touched the hearts of not only his direct circle of family & friends, but also those of other adoptive families, their children and networks - all part of what has become known as the "global family". With the heart of an adoptive mother, Basia Bonkowski tells the stories of nine adoptive families including Jesse and the Scotts."
-- Book Shack

Books: Assorted

July 2011


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OzICA-Older-Child : ICA for the Older Child
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May 2011

Brain, Attachment, Personality: An Introduction to Neuro-Affective Development  
Author: Susan Hart

Books: Behavioural and Emotional

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain  
Author: Sue Gerhardt

Books: Behavioural and Emotional

December 2008

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families  
Author: Todd Parr

/showurl.php?url=2384 "With child-like smiling stick figures, bold, brilliant colour and upbeat text, picture-book creator Todd Parr has captured what it means for a family to belong together. In a sensitive, kid-friendly way Parr focuses on different types of families. We belong together because... you needed someone to help you grow healthy and strong, and I had help to give. Now we can grow up together. Parr s quirky artwork and eternally optimistic - yet never saccharine - books are truly irresistible, for both grown-ups and kids."
-- Pageturners

Books: For Children

July 2007

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child  
Author: Nancy Newton Verrier

/showurl.php?url=2370 "What is the adopted child's primal wound? Nancy Verrier says it is the devastation which the infant feels because of separation from its birth mother. It is the deep and consequential feeling of abandonment which the baby adoptee feels after the adoption and which continues for the rest of his life. The mother of an adopted child herself, the author writes convincingly to establish her premise that the new-born baby is already an observing sentient human being. Many readers of the Primal Wound might believe that the baby the author describes could not possibility be so knowledgeable, but I believe that she is correct."
-- Primal Page

Books: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

May 2007

The Family Book  
Author: Todd Parr

/showurl.php?url=2367 "Parr introduces children to an array of families. Whimsical illustrations featuring neon colors and figures outlined in black show big ones and small ones, and families that look alike and relatives who look just like their pets. The art features both human and animal figures; thus, pigs depict both a family that likes to be clean, and one that likes to be messy. Some families include stepmoms, stepdads, stepsisters, or stepbrothers; some adopt children. Other families have two moms or two dads, while some children have only one parent. Interspersed with the differences among families are the ways they are alike: all like to hug each other, are sad when they lose someone they love, enjoy celebrating special days together, and can help each other to be strong. This concept book celebrating the diversity of family groups is distinguished by its sense of fun."
-- Amazon

Books: For Children

April 2006

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families With Special-Needs Kids: A Guide for Parents and Professionals  
Author: Gregory C. Keck, Regina M. Kupecky

Books: Special Needs

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

The colour of difference: Journeys in transracial adoption  
Author: Sarah Armstrong, Petrina Slaytor

/showurl.php?url=2241 "The writing of The Colour of Difference has been about discovery and openness and not about blame. The adoptees who gave their stories to us so generously and honestly, with all their various experiences of adoption, wanted the book to be a positive and true reflection of their lives in Australia. Some of them, as you will read, had experienced unkindness or abuse in their adoptive families. The majority had been treated with love and real efforts had been made to incorporate them and their culture into the adoptive family. The participants, as a group, said that they were 'just trying to be honest' in writing their stories, not trying to blame their adoptive families, who were generally perceived to be 'doing their best'."
-- The Federation Press

Books: Assorted

Making Sense of Adoption. A Parent's Guide  
Author: Lois Ruskai Melina

Books: Parenting

Raising Adopted Children  
Author: Lois Ruskai Melina

Books: Assorted