Useful books and leaflets
Books for adults
The Adoption Experience: Families who give children a second chance Ann Morris
Actual adopters tell it like it is on every part of the adoption process from the exciting moment of first deciding to adopt to feelings about children seeking a reunion with their birth families or simply leaving home.
Jessica Kingsley publications for Adoption UK in association with the Daily Telegraph 1999
An Adoption Diary Maria James
Story of one couple’s emotional journey to become a family which gives a fascinating insight into adoption today.
Adopting a Child Jenifer Lord
BAAF’s best selling guide describes what adoption means and how to go about it.
The Adopter’s Handbook Amy Neil Salter
The purpose of this guide is to help adopters help themselves throughout the adoption process and beyond.
BAAF 2006 (3rd. edition)
Facing up to Facebook – A survival guide for adoptive families Eileen Fursland
This book examines the challenges faced by all parties involved in contact after adoption and looks at how adoptive parents can help children satisfy their curiosity and their need to know while minimising potential risks to their security and stability.
Could you be my parent? Adoption & Fostering stories Ed. By Leonie Sturge-Moore
This is a book of stories about children who need a new permanent family and the stories of people who have welcomed them into their home.
Adopted Children Speaking Caroline Thomas & Verna Beckford with Nigel Lowe and Mervyn Murch
This book is full of poignant testimonies offering revealing insights into what children and young people think about adoption.
Adopters on Adopting: Reflections on parenthood and children David Howe
In this absorbing collection of personal stories, adoptive parents whose children are now young adults describe the importance and distinctiveness of adoptive parenting.
Talking about Adoption to your Adopted Child Marjorie Morrison
A guide to the whys, whens and hows of telling children about their origins.
Whatever happened to Adam? Stories about disabled children who were adopted or fostered Hedi Argent
This remarkable book tells the stories of twenty young people with disabilities and the families who chose to care for them. Following their life journeys from joining their new families, through childhood and adolescence and into preparation for adulthood, it reveals the tremendous rewards of adopting or fostering a child with disability.
Looking after our own – The stories of black and Asian adopters Ed. By Hope Massiah
This collection looks at the experiences of nine adoptive families and their children.
Related by Adoption Hedi Argent
This brief handbook aims to give grandparents-to-be and other relatives information about adoption today that will directly affect them. It discusses how the wider family can support building a family through adoption and be involved in both the good and the bad times.
Flying Solo – A single parent’s adoption story Julia Wise
This book tells Julia’s very personal story of adopting a child on her own.
Special and Odd James Mulholland
In this revealing and extraordinarily witty memoir, the author tells the story of how he met his birth mother 29 years after being given up for adoption and the effect this had on him and his adoptive family.
First Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts: Tiddlers and Toddlers (2nd edition)Caroline Archer
This book offers practical, sensitive guidance from an adoptive parent through the areas of separation, loss and trauma in early childhood which will encourage confidence in other adoptive parents and foster carers and thereby enable enjoyment in parenting young children.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers for Adoption UK 1999
Next Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts: Tykes and Teens Caroline Archer
This book continues the first book looking at older children.
Jessica Kingsley Publications 1999
Books for children already in the family
Picnic in the Park Joe Griffith
This book introduces children to a range of family structures including two and one parent families; adoptive and foster families; gay and lesbian families and step families.
Oh Brother! Tom gets a new adopted brother Claire Friday
Aimed at children aged between 7 & 11 years, Oh Brother! Tells the story of Tom, a 10 year old single birth child, whose parents decide to adopt another child.
Adoption UK 2005
Bridget’s Taking a Long Time CD ROM – A journey through adoption from the perspective of the birth child Nicky Ball with Bridget Betts
This interactive story for children aged 5-12 follows the hopes, fears and frustrations of a child in an adoptive family coming to terms with a new arrival.
Available from BAAF.
Bringing Up Brits Meghan Peterson Fenn
The book for parents from other cultures who are raising children in Britain and addition for family and friends who are touched by this.
First 4 Adoption
British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)
(for information on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome/symptoms)
The centre for adoption
(for information on Inter-country adoption)
(for information on child safety)
Bringing up Brits