Adoption Reading List
Raising Adopted Children (Chapters 1-11), by Lois Melina
Are Those Kids Yours? by Cheri Register
Real Parents, Real Children, by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb
How It Feels to be Adopted, by Jill Krementz
Making Sense of Adoption, A Parent’s Guide, by Lois Melina
The Russian Adoption Handbook, by John H. Maclean
Adopting the Older Child, by Claudia Jewett, Ph.D.
Talking to Your Children About Adoption, by Patricia Martinez Domer
Toddler Adoption, by Mary Hopkins Best
A Guide to Creating a New Family, by Edmund Blair Bolles
Holding Time, by Martha Welch
The Family of Adoption, by Dr. Joyce Pavao
The Lost Daughters of China, by Karin Evans
A Passage to the Heart, Writings from Families with Children from China, author unknown
Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child, by Beth O-Malley
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, by Rose Lewis
A China Adoption Story: Mommy, Why Do We Look Different? By Frances M. Koh
Chinese Eyes, by Marjorie A. Waybill
Our Baby from China, by Nancy D. Antonio
Adoption is Okay, by Sylvia Rohde
Happy Adoption Day! John McCutcheon
Dim Sum, Bagel and Grits: A Sourcebook For Multicultural Families, by Myra Alperson
Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids: A Guide for Adoption: by Gregory C. Keck, Regina M. Kupecky
Steppe Children: Gifts from Mother Russia, by Dave Ciccarelli
Is that your Sister? A True Story of Adoption by Catherine and Sherry Burnin
Parenting with Love and Logic, by Foster Cline, M.D. and Jim Fay
1-2-3 Magic, Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, by Dr. Thomas W. Phelan
Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
The Keys to your child’s Heart, by Smalley
The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family, by Jayne E. Schooler
The First Three Years of Life, by Burton White
The Obedient Child, by Ken Wilson
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by
Books can be ordered by contacting:
- Tapestry Books 1-800-765-2367
· Barnes & Noble
Sponsoring an Orphan
Alliance for Children Foundation http://www.afcfoundation.org/
The Alliance for Children Foundation is an international relief organization dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well being of abandoned children living in orphanages in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. The Foundation's projects in medical care, basic needs, and education seek to heal, strengthen and empower the world's most vulnerable children, especially those who are less likely to be adopted due to age or special needs. Our programs provide these children with an otherwise impossible opportunity for a better future.
Chinese Orphan's Assistance Team: http://www.coat.org.au/
This organizaiton provides sponsorship for children, and nanny's in orphanages.
A very important aspect of sponsorship is your emotional connection with a child. Most of these children have been abandoned by their parents and the feeling of "belonging" that sponsorship gives them, partially compensates for that by giving them a sense of self worth. The child is given a laminated A4 photo of themselves with their sponsor (done on the computer). It is something they treasure.
If a child is too small or does not have the mental capacity to understand that someone loves them, the photo is still displayed. It is a cultural thing that causes the staff to understand that the child is "worthy". This is very important.
Prayer, of course, is the most important aspect of your emotional connection with a child. Prayer changes things. When a child is covered by regular prayer, you can actually see the difference in the child. Even a child who seems to be completely unknowing because of mental disability can be changed into a more content, more comfortable little person by the power of prayer.
Grace and Hope for Children: firstname.lastname@example.org This is an organization that places children who are in institutional orphanage care into foster care. You can sponsor a child to get placed into foster care. After the child is placed into foster care the child is available for adoption.
"Ticket Home" Through AWAA : www.orphanstickethome.org This is a program where people can give $300.00 to help an orphan in China or El Salvadore get "paper ready". When a child is "paper ready" then that child will be put into the international adoption system. Right now their are a lot of orphans in orphanages trapped with no way out. No way to ever be adopted since they do not have the proper paper work. This is really sad for these children and for so many waiting families. So Brian is trying to raise $1,000,000 this year, which will help about 5,100 children get ready! This is very exciting and we pray that this goal will be accomplished.
Our adoption agency America World Adoption Association: www.AWAA.org
Family Connections Christian Adoption Agency
Our Church Family: North Coast Calvary Carlsbad www.northcoastcalvary.org
CCAA China Center of Adoption Affairs
Map of China
Families with Children from China
Bring me Hope
AWAA's yahoo support group
A Parents China