Free Booklet on Adoption


This free booklet give insights into the various aspects of adoption:



Finding out more about adoption


On this page there are listed resources which I hope may prove helpful.

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Books

  • The Girls Who Went Away by Anne Fessler,(Penguin USA 2006).
  • Birthmothers by Merry Block Jone, (Universe Incorporated ISBN 059500637X).
  • Saying Goodbye To A Baby volume 1 & 2 by Patricia Roles, (CWLA Press ISBN 0878683879).
  • The Stranger Who Bore Me by Karen March, 1995. (CWLA Press ISBN 9780878683871).
  • The Easy Way Out? by Sue Powell and Jacky Warren, November, 1996. (Minerva Press ISBN 9781861060587).
  • The Other Mother by Carol Schaefer, July 3003 (Soho Press 978-0939149759).
  • Wake Up Little Susie by Rickie Solinge, March 1994 (Routledge; Reissue edition ISBN-13: 978-0415908948).
  • Birthmother Trauma by Heather Carlini, 1992 (Morning Side Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0969629504).
  • I Would Have Searched For Ever by Sandy Musser, June 1992 (ISBN-13: 978-0934896009).
  • Still Screaming by Charlton, L. Crank, M. Kansara, and K. Oliver, 1998 (ISBN 0953257401).
  • Half a Million Women by David Howe, 1998 (Penguin Books, 1992. ISBN 0140154159).
  • Shared Fate - A Theory of Adoption and Mental Health by H. David Kirk (Free Press, 1964, Textbook Binding ISBN-13: 978-0029173404).
  • Gift Wrapped in Sorrow by Jane Guttman, 1999 (JMJ Publishing, ISBN 0967286107).
  • Soul Connection by Ann Hughes, 1999 (Otter Bay Books, ISBN-13: 978-0961405328).
  • The third choice by L. Foge & G. Mosconi, 1999. Written by two adoption counsellors, this book talks through pregnancy, adoption planning and placement, grief and recovery.(Creative Arts Book Company.)
  • Birthparent Grief by B. Romanchik, 1999(Royal Oak, MI: R-Squared Press. ISBN 0964103567).
  • Adoption Separation – Then and Now by Evelyn Robinson. Includes a collection of narratives from parents separated from their child by adoption. (Clova Publications ISBN 06046548743).
  • The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry by Mihah Riben. (Advocate Publications 2007 ISBN 1427608954).

Books

  • Out of the Shadows by Mary Mason Martin. Men talk of adjustment to being a father by biology, not by role. (OJ Howard Pub (May 1995) ISBN-10: 0964625911).
  • Dear Birthfather by Randolph W. Severson, Ph.D. (Information and support for teenage fathers to make appropriate decisions. (Hope Cottage (June 1992) ISBN-10: 9992932589).
  • A Birthparent's Book of Memories by Brenda Romanchik. (ASIN: B000VB7B28).
  • Birth Fathers and their Adoption Experiences Clapton, G (2003).
  • Interviews with fathers in the UK by Jessica Kingsley. Their reactions and emotions during the pregnancy and post adoption periods. (November 13, 2008 ISBN-10: 1843100126).
  • Fathers of adopted children by E.Y. Deykin, P Patti, & J. Ryan. A study of the impact of child surrender on birthfathers. (1988 Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.).

Books

  • Not Remembered Never Forgotten by Robert Allan Hafetz. An Adopted person and a mental health professional look at issues facing adopted people at the end of a search. (BookSurge Publishing (April 28,2008) ISBN1419692585).
  • Where are my Birth Parents? by Karen and Susan Fischer. A teenage view. Ages 12 and up.(Walker Books for Young Readers April 1, 1995 ISBN0802774539).
  • Journey of the Adopted Selfby Betty Jean Lifton. (Basic Books (may 6, 1995) ISBN 0465036759)
  • Lost and Found by Betty Jean Lifton. (University of Michigan Press; 3rd Edition, Expanded and Updated edition January 6, 2009 ISBN 047203328X).
  • Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier. (April 1993 ISBN 978-0963648006).
  • Coming home to self by Nancy Verrier. (Baaf Adoption & Fostering May 10,2010 ISBN-13: 978-1905664818).
  • Gathering the Missing pieces of an Adopted Life by Kay Moore. (Hannibal Books (January 28, 2009 ISBN-10: 1934749354).
  • Adoptee Trauma by Heather Carline. (Scott Printing; First Edition edition (1993 - ASIN: B005XRCZ2G).
  • The Life long search for self by Brodzinsky, Schecter and Henig. (Anchor (March 1, 1993) ISBN-10: 0385414269).
  • Nobody’s Child by Kate Adie. (Headline Book Publishing (June 1, 2003) ISBN-10: 075531073x ASIN: 075531073X).
  • A Year In The Life of the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland, (Clacton G, (2003). (ISBN 0950811769).
  • Adopted Children Speaking by C. Thomas and V Beckford, with N. Lowe, and M Murch, (1999 Turnaround ISBN-10: 1873868782).
  • Why Wasn’t I Told? by Perl and S. Markham (Post–Adoption Resource Centre, New South Wales. ISBN 0957714505).
  • In Search of Belonging P. Harris, Reflections of Transracially Adopted People. (Turnaround (January 5, 2006) ISBN-10: 1903699770).
  • Preparing for Reunion J. Feast, M. Marwood, S. Seabrook & E. Webb. (Advice on the reunion process, including personal stories.) (The Children’s Society. ISBN 1899783091).
  • Love Child by S. Elliot, 1950s adoptee finds her birth mother, together with the history of adoption in Britain. A Memoir of Adoption, Reunion, Loss and Love. (Vermilion. ISBN-10: 0091906830)
  • Stories of Adoption by Eric Blau. (NewSage Press; 1st edition (February 14, 1993) ISBN-10: 0939165171).
  • Crying Shame by J. Carol (Tieman Sleepy Hollow Publications 1994).
  • Unlocking the Adoption Files by Paul Sachdew. (Lexington Books (August 1990) ISBN-10: 0669247804).
  • The Open Adoption Experience by L Molina S K Rozia. (William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st ediition (November 17, 1993) ISBN-10: 0060969571).
  • The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans. (Tarcher (October 2, 2008) ISBN-10: 1585426768 ASIN: B001RNI2CC).
  • The Psychology of Adoption edited by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, 1989. (Oxford University Press, USA (October 28, 1993) ISBN-10: 0195082737).
  • Secret Life of The Unborn Child by Thomas Verney.
  • Searching For The Past: The Adopted Adult’s Process of Finding Identity by Jayne Schooler. (Pinon Press, 1995).
  • Whose Child? by Kasey Hamner. An Adoptee’s Healing Journey from Relinquishment Through Reunion and Beyond. (ISBN-10: 0967414504).
  • Adoption Triangle by Arthur Soroskys, Annette Baran, & Reuben Pannor. A book that promotes an understanding of adoption as a life-long issue.(Triadoption Publications (July 1, 2008) ISBN-10: 0941770109).
  • Adoption Wisdom by Marlou Russell. A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption. (Broken Branch Productions (1996, 2010) ISBN-10: 1888511125).
  • Journeys After Adoption by Jayne Schooler and Betsie Norris. (Bergin & Garvey, 2002. Praeger (July 30, 2002) ISBN-10: 0897898168).

Websites

Books

  • Related by Adoption by H. Argent, with K Cairns. (Turnaround (June 3, 2004) ISBN-10: 1903699398).
  • The Role of Mother and Baby Homes in the Adoption of Children by G.Clark. A fascinating article considering the role of mother and baby homes in providing unmarried pregnant girls with accommodation and support while making decisions about their future, and proposing that the unforgiving attitude of families and rejection of the girls by the community influenced decisions to place children for adoption.orn Outside Marriage in the Twentieth Century In England and Wales.(Family & Community History 11(1), May 2008, pp.45-59).
  • Adopters on Adoption by D. Howe. (Turnaround (August 31, 1996) ISBN-10: 1873868324).
  • Adopting a Child: A Guide, 8th edition by J Lord. ( British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF); 4th edition (December 1972) ISBN-10: 090353410X).
  • Raising Adopted Children by L. Melina. (2001 Harper Collins. ISBN-10: 0060957174).
  • The Adopter’s Handbook: Resources and Services for Adoptive Parents by Jennifer Lord. (British Assoc/Adopt & Foster (February 1, 2005) ISBN-10: 1903699622).
  • Making Sense of Adoption by Lois Ruskai Melina, 1989. (William Morrow Paperbacks - 1st Edition - ISBN-10: 0060963190)
  • Raising Adopted Children by Lois RuskaiMelina. (William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition first Printing edition (September 13, 1989) ISBN-10: 0060963190).
  • Twenty Things Adopted Children Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge. (Delta (October 12, 1999) ISBN-10: 044050838X).
  • Talking with Young Children About Adoption by Mary Watkins, Ph.D. & Susan Fisher, M.D.
  • Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children by Daniel Hughes. Groundwork Press (June 1, 2004) ISBN-10: 0973544414 (Dealing with attachment disorder).
  • The Dynamics of Adoption: Social and Personal Perspectives by A. Treacher and I. Katz, (Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (March 2000) ISBN-10: 1853027820).
  • Talking About Adoption To Your Adopted Child by Prue Chennells and Marjorie Morrison. (British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF); Revised edition (July 28, 1995).
  • Adoption Blues by Karen J. Foli and John R. Thompson. Overcoming the Unseen Challenges of Adoption. (Rodale Books (August 7, 2004) ISBN-10: 1579548660 SBN-10: 1873868219).
  • Telling the Truth to your Adopted or Foster Child by Keefer, Betsy and Jayne Schooler. (Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 2000. Praeger; 1 edition (July 30, 2000) ISBN-10: 0897896912).
  • The Face in the Mirror by Crook, Vancouver (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000. (Teenagers and Adoption.)Format: Kindle Edition ISBN: 1551520796 Arsenal Pulp Press (May 17, 2010 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services ASIN: B003R7L06G Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2000) ISBN-10: 1551520796).
  • Adoption Healing – A Path To Recovery by Joe Soll, founder of Adoption Crossroads in USA. (Published by Adoption Crossroads; Second edition (March 20, 2000) ISBN-10: 0967839009).
  • Real Parents Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child by Van Gulden, Holly and Lisa Bartels-Rabb. (The Crossroad Publishing Company; 1 edition (September 1, 1995) American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries. ISBN-10: 0824515145).
  • Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky. For Families with Special Needs: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. (Pinon Press, 1998. NavPress; Rev Upd edition (June 15, 2009) ISBN-10: 160006289X ).
  • Parenting Children affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by Sara Graefe, Vancouver:- Society of Special Needs Adoptive Parents. (1998. A Guide for Daily Living. Revised edition).
  • The Long Awaited Stork by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. A Guide to Parenting After Infertility.

Websites

  • Gay Parent Magazine Online
    For lesbians and gay men who are or wish to become parents.
  • Older Parent Adoption Online Magazine
    This weekly online magazine provides a wealth of information for those adopting and parenting older children, as well as a large section for single parent adoption.
  • RainbowKids.com
    Free online publication on international adoption. Articles cover agencies, various countries' programs, ethnic and cultural issues, and more.

Books

  • The Spirit of Open Adoption by James L. Gritter. The experiences of an adoption agency that switched from closed to open adoptions. (CWLA Press (Child Welfare League of America) ISBN-10: 0878686371).
  • How to Open An Adoption by Patricia Martinez Dorner. A Guide for Parents and Birthparents of Minors (R-Squared Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1997) ISBN-10: 0964103583).
  • To Prison With Love by Sandy Musser. Adoption Awareness Most importantly it represents a turning point in the struggle to open adoption records. (Pr (December 1994) ISBN-10: 0934896372).
  • Dear Birthmother by Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin. (Corona Publishing Co.; 3rd edition (December 1998) ISBN-10: 0931722209).
  • Making Room in Our Hearts, Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption by Micky Duxbury (Routledge; 1 edition (October 23, 2006) ISBN-10: 0415955025).
  • Because I Loved You by Patricia Dischler. A Birthmother's View of Open Adoption. (Goblin Fern Press (May 1, 2006) ISBN-10: 1595980423).
  • The Third Choice by Leslie Foge and Gail Mosconi. (Third Choice Books; 2nd edition (March 1, 2004) ISBN-10: 0615125921).
  • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child by Betsy Keefer and Jayne E. Schooler. (Praeger; 1 edition (July 30, 2000) ISBN-10: 0897896912).

Books

  • Adoption – What it is and what it means A guide for children, 2003 - ISBN 1 90369 946 0).
  • Nathan’s Story The story about a four year old boy being adopted. For young children. (ISBN 1873868 456).
  • How I was Adopted by Joanna Cole. Ages 3 and up. (Published by Mulberry Books. HarperCollins (September 28, 1999) ISBN-10: 0688170552).
  • Nutmeg gets Cross by Judith Foxon, for children aged 3 – 10. (Adoption & Fostering (October 3, 2002) ISBN-10: 1903699134).
  • Nutmeg gets a Little Help by Judith Foxon. This story looks at the issue of why Nutmeg's birth parents could not keep him safe and what it feels like to have a place in two families. (2004 Baaf Publications (February 3, 2005) ISBN-10: 1903699584).
  • Nutmeg Gets Into Trouble by Judith Foxon. (Published by Turnaround (May 10, 2006) ISBN-10: 1903699975).
  • Nutmeg Gets a Little Sister Judith Foxon. This story explores family relationships, which can be particularly complicated for adopted children. (Baaf Publications (August 31, 2007) ISBN-10: 1905664222).
  • Oh Brotherby Claire Friday. To help children understand the realities of life with an adopted sibling. For 8+ with illustrations. (Adoption UK (December 19, 2005) ISBN-10: 0951595016).
  • Family Talk MacIver and Thom. Picture pack for use with 6 – 11 year olds.
  • Andy’s Big Question by Carolyn Nystrom. A child's guide: Adoption. For ages 7+ (Lion publishing PLC).
  • Lets Talk About It: Adoption by Fred Rogers. Suitable for school age children. Ages 4 and up (Puffin (March 23, 1998) ISBN-10: 0698116259).
  • A Nifflenco Called Nevermind by Margot Sunderland. For children who bottle up their feelings. Suitable for ages 4 + (Speechmark Publishing (January 17, 2001) SBN-10: 0863884962).
  • How Hattie Hated Kindness by Margot Sunderland. Helping Children locked inside hate or rage. (Speechmark Publishing (October 3, 2003) ISBN-10: 086388461X).
  • Ruby and the Rubbish Bin by Margot Sunderland. Story for children with low self-esteem. Suitable for aged 4 – 10. (Speechmark Publishing (October 3, 2003) ISBN-10: 0863884628).
  • The day The Sea Went Out And Never Came Back by Margot Sunderland. Helping children with loss. (Speechmark Publishing (October 3, 2003) ISBN-10: 0863884636).
  • Series of books from the Tavistock Clinic Understanding Children's Development. There are 16 different books each written about different ages from baby to adulthood. (ISBN 1 87280 305 80).
  • Adoption is for Always by Linda Walvoord Girard in United States for school age children. (Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1986) ISBN-10: 0807501875).
  • A Volcano in my Ttummy by Elaine Whitehouse and Warwick Pudney. For the child who is angry. (New Society Publishers;1st edition (July 1, 1998) ISBN-10: 0865713499).
  • Why Was I Adopted? by Carole Livingston. Ages 4 and up. A humorous look at adoption uses informal language and pictures to give a basic explanation of adoption, encourages children to ask questions and is reassuring about the permanence of adoption. It gives the Facts of Adoption with Love and Illustrations. (Lyle Stuart, 20th edition (June 1, 2000) ISBN-10: 0818405880).
  • The Mulberry Bird, Story of an Adoption by Anne Brodzinsky. An adoption story for young children. children 5 and up (Perspectives Pr; Revised edition (May 1996) ISBN-10: 0944934153).
  • Zachary's New Home by Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist and Paul B. Blomquist illustrated by Ages 4+ A Story for Foster and Adopted Children (Magination Press 1st edition (January 1990) ISBN-10: 0945354274).
  • Billy's New Home by Valerie Busic. Eight-year old Billy's mom could no longer take care of him, he knows that his she is glad that he's living with a nice family until she can take care of him again. For foster children everywhere. (Summerland Press (July 1998) ISBN-10: 1882021150).
  • Over the Moon by Karen Katz. An International Adoption Tale. Ages 4 and up. (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) ISBN-10: 0805067078).
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis. Beautifully illustrated book in which the story of a young adopted girl's birth is a cherished family tale. Ages 4 and up. (HarperCollins (August 29, 2000) ISBN-0064435814 ).
  • Lucy's Feet Stephanie Stein. Ages 5 and up. To share with children so that they realize that it is all right to have mixed feelings about adoption and their relationship to their siblings.) (Perspectives Pr ISBN-10: 0944934056).
  • Where are my Birth Parents? by Karen Gravelle and Susan Fischer. Ages 12 and up. (Walker Books for Young Readers (April 1, 1995) ISBN-10: 0802774539).
  • Tell Me A Real Adoption Story by Betty Jean Lifton. Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola. Knopf. A small boy listens to his adoptive mother's made-up stories about his adoption but insists on the real one, which she then tells. This story he likes, because it's his. (Knopf Books for Young Readers. March 29, 1994 ISBN-10: 0679906290).

Books

  • Gay Fathers by R.L. Barrett, B.E. Robinson, (Lexington Books. pages Jossey-Bass; New and Revised Edition edition ISBN-10: 0787950750).
  • How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages by Judith E. Snow. Ages 10 upwards. (Routledge 1 edition July 16, 2004 ISBN-10: 1560234202).
  • Family Values by Phyllis Burke, (NY: Random House. Vintage May 31, 1994 ISBN-10: 0679752498).
  • The Final Closet by Rip Corley, (1990). Miami, FL: Editech. The Gay Parents' Guide for Coming Out to Their Children. (Editech Pr; Revised edition (May 1, 1990) ISBN-10: 0945586086).
  • Whose Child Cries by J.Gantz. (Jalmar Pr November 1983 ISBN-10: 0915190397).
  • New Choices, New Families by Nancy J. Mezey. How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood (The Johns Hopkins University Press June 6, 2008 ISBN-10: 0801889995).
  • Rocking the Cradle by G.E. Hanscombe and J. Forster. (Boston, MA: Alyson Publications. May 1982 ISBN-10: 0932870171).
  • The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook by Martin. (NY: HarperCollins ISBN-10: 0060969296).
  • Getting Simon by K B Morgen. Two Gay Doctors' Journey to Fatherhood. (NY: Bramble Books. ISBN-10: 1883647045).
  • Different Mothers by L. Rafkin, (Pittsburgh, PA: Cleis Press. ISBN-10: 1573441279).

Books

  • I Wish For You A Beautiful Life by Sara Dorow. Letters from the Korean Mothers of Ae Ron Won to their Children. (Yeong & Yeong Book Company; 1st edition (January 1999) ISBN-10: 0963847236).
  • Voices From Another Place by Susan Soon-Ku Cox. Fiction, memoir, poetry and art from the first generation of Korean adoptees. (Yeong & Yeong Book Company (September 1999) ISBN-10: 0963847244).
  • Of Many Colors by Peggy Gillespie. Stories of thirty-nine families who bridged the racial divide through adoption or interracial marriage. (University of Massachusetts Press (November 1997) ISBN-10: 1558491015).
  • Transracial Adoption And Foster Care by Joseph. Provides professionals, agencies, and organizations with information needed to better serve transracial families. (CWLA Press Child Welfare League of America ISBN-10: 0878687173).
  • The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Adoption by Mia Tuan. Everything you need to know about domestic and international adoption. (Grand Central Life & Style (November 14, 2006) ISBN-10: 0446697303).
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity. (Basic Books Revised edition (January 2003) ISBN-10: 046508361).
  • Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg Perspectives Press ISBN-10: 0944934242).
  • The Language of Blood by Jane Jeong Trenka (Graywolf Press ISBN-10: 1555974260).
  • Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son by Kay Ann Johnson. Orphanage care in China. (Yeong & Yeong Book Company (January 2004) ISBN-10: 0963847279).
  • The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans (Tarcher English ISBN-10: 1585426768 ASIN: B001RNI2CC).
  • Weaving a Family by Barbara Katz . Untangling Race and Adoption . (Rothman.Beacon Press ISBN-10: 0807028304).
  • Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah. The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. (Broadway (April 6, 1999) ISBN-10: 0767903579).
  • The Good Women of China by Xinran Xue (Anchor SBN-10: 1400030803).
  • Cultures of Transnational Adoption by Toby Alice. (Duke University Press Books ISBN-10: 0822335891).
  • In Their Own Voices by Rita James Simon. Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories. (Columbia University Press (June 15, 2000) ISBN-10: 0231118295).
  • Beyond Good Intentions by Cheri Register. A Mother reflects on raising internationally adopted children. Yeong & Yeong Book Company May 2005 ISBN-10: 1597430005).
  • Cross Cultural Adoption by Amy Coughlin. How To Answer Questions from Family, Friends & Community. (Lifeline Press July 1, 2004 ISBN-10: 0895260921).

Books

  • The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide by J. Bailey and L.N. Giddens, (2001. New Harbinger Publications ISBN-10: 1572242280).
  • Adoption Reunions by Michelle McColm (Second Story Press; 1 edition September 8, 1993 ISBN-10: 0929005414).
  • So Here I Am But Where Did I Come From? by Mary Ruth Wotherspoon (ISBN-10: 0963848801).
  • Birth Bond by Brown and Gediman. (New Horizon Press October 15, 1991 ISBN-10: 0882820729).
  • Adoption, Search and Reunion by David Howe and Julia Feast. The long-term experience of adopted adults. (Publisher: Turnaround Distribution June 3, 2004 ISBN-10: 1903699533).
  • Don’t Take It Personally by Elayne Savage. The Art of Dealing with Rejection (iUniverse November 20, 2002 ISBN-10: 0595255752).
  • The Adoption Reunion Handbook by Liz Trinder, Julia Feast and David Howe. (Wiley 1st edition March 14, 2005 ISBN-10: 0470094222).
  • Synchronicity & Reunion by LaVonne Harper Stiffler (1st edition January 1, 1992 ISBN-10: 0963441000).
  • Birthright by Jean Strauss. A guide to search & reunion for adoptees, birthparents, & adoptive parents. (Penguin (Non-Classics); 1 edition June 1, 1994 ISBN-10: 0140512950).
  • Naked in Cyberspace by Carole Lane. How To Find Personal Information Online. A great guide to finding people using the Internet. (ISBN-10: 0910965501).
  • Adoption Reunion: Ecstasy or Agony by Evelyn Robinson (Clova publications ISBN-10: 0646433709).

Websites

Books

  • Let Me Explain by Jane T. Schnitter. A Story About Donor Insemination. (Perspectives Press (IN) December 1995 ISBN-10: 0944934129).
  • Lethal Secrets by Annette Baran M.S.W. The Psychology of donor insemination. (M.S.W. & Reuben Pannor, M.S.W. Triadoption Publications July 1, 2008 ISBN-10: 0941770117).

Addresses, Contacts and Websites

Adresses and Contacts

  • Adoption Authority of Ireland
    Shelbourne Roa
    Ballsbridge
    Dublin 4
    Ireland
    Tel:(01) 230 9300
    Website: /www.aai.gov.ie
    Email: adoptioninfo@health.irlgov.ie
  • Adoptive Parents Association of Ireland. Ms. Helen Gilmartin c/o Glendalough Post Office Wicklow Ireland Tel:+353 (0)404 45184 Fax:+353 (0)404 45700 Email: apai@tinet.ie
  • PACT
    Arabella House
    18D Nutgrove
    Office Park
    Rathfarnham
    Dublin 14
    Ireland
    Tel: 353 (0)1 2962200
    Local:1850 673333
    Fax:+353 (0)1 2964049
    Website:
    Email: info@pact.ie
  • International Adoption Association (Ireland)
    Terenure Enterprise Centre
    17 Rathfarnham Road
    Dublin 6W
    Tel:(01) 499 2206
    Fax:(01) 490 3238
    Website:
    www.iaaireland.org
    Email:info@iaaireland.org
  • For Immigration Clearance Letter, write to:
    Foreign Adoptions Unit
    Immigration Services Section
    Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
    First Floor
    13/14 Burgh Quay
    Dublin 2
    Tel: (01) 616 7700,
    Locall: 1890 551 500 (10.00 am to 12.30 pm Monday to Friday
    E-mail: INISfadopt@justice.ie
  • /irishpinkadoptions.com
    A site promoting gay adoption in Ireland. Irish law does not prohibit a gay person from adopting children. However, it does stipulate that a couple seeking to adopt must be in a marital rather than a cohabiting relationship. This would appear to rule out gay couples and Colm O Gorman of Amnesty International has recently criticized the contents of the Civil Partnership Bill for this very reason.
  • mathairail.org
    Support group for mothers parted from their children by adoption.
  • www.barnardos.ie
  • www.adoptionboard.ie
    Search and Reunion service for natural relatives and adopted people.
  • www.groireland.ie
    Records of all births, adoptions, marriages and deaths in Ireland
  • www.adoptionireland.com
    The representative body for Irish people adopted both in Ireland and abroad
  • www.magdalenelaundries.com
    Support and campaigning organization for those formerly incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries in Ireland

Search and Reunion in Ireland

  • The previous private (mostly religious-run) adoption agencies once registered to contract legal adoptions under the supervision of The Adoption Board are now funded by the State to also provide Search and Reunion services for both adopted people and their natural parents.
  • N.P.N.I. was initially established in 1996 as a self-help group by women who had been parted from their children by adoption, who wished to provide a haven where women could share their feelings with others who had similar experiences.
  • N.P.N.I. also submit proposals on essential legislative reform to government departments concerning domestic and international adoption and regularly comment on adoption issues to the media. They also provide speakers for meetings organized by social workers and lawyers. Funded by The Lady Arabella Denny Trust, Department of Health and Children and The Eastern Regional Health Authority.
    There is a telephone service available on a Sunday between 2pm and 4pm: tel: 1890 200046
    Alternatively, there is a postal address:
    The Secretary
    Natural Parents Network of Ireland
    P.O. Box 6714
    DUBLIN 4
  • www.adoptionloss.ie
    The Adoption Loss Ireland Discussion List is a great resource for sharing difficulties and experiences between adoptees and biological parents at different stages of their trace and difficulties in reunion.
  • The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an international network of individuals and organizations committed to adoption reform. They promote openness and frankness. Membership is open to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, professionals and all who share a commitment to the AAC’s goals.
  • Concerned United Birthparents. (CUB) CUB’s mission is to provide support to birth parents whose child has been adopted.

Information

A great many studies involving adoptees in the educational system have been undertaken. Some are listed below. Their aim was to help those involved in education to understand and accommodate some of the issues adoptees face.

  • Academic Self-Esteem within an Adoptee Population by T.N. F. Stevenson. An Examination of Academic Self-Esteem and Adoptee Academic Success. (Ph.D. diss., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1993).
  • Educational and Occupational Achievements of Brothers and Sisters in Adoptive and Biologically Related Families by S. Scarr, and R.A. Weinberg (Behavior Genetics 24, no. 4 (1994): 301- 25).
  • Self-Esteem Among Korean Adopted Preadolescents by J. Politte, (Ph.D. diss., Walden University, 1993).
  • English Language Acquisition of Adopted Children from the Philippines and Latin America by N.D. Robinette, (Ed. D. The University of Tennessee, 1997).
  • The Adjustment of Latin American Children Adopted at an Older Age and Their Families to Adoption: A Natural Experiment of the Role of Early Experience by B. Schwethelm, Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 1989.
  • Children's Understanding of Parenthood by J.L. Pickar. What children understand about the concept of adoption and at what chronological age are they able to understand it is relevant to the curriculum material presented. Most studies indicate that while children ages 4- 6 may be able to tell their own adoption story they do not understand what the word "adoption" means. (Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 1986).
  • Adoptive Status and Level of Thinking about Adoption in 5-13 Year Old Children by J. Spector, J. (Ph.D. diss., Adelphi University, School of Social Work, 1986).
  • Young Children's Understanding of a Biological Basis for Parent-Offspring Relations by K. Springer, Child Development v 67, n 6 (December 1996 2841-56).
  • Why Dogs Have Puppies and Cats have Kittens by S. C. Johnson, and G.E.Solomon. The Role of Birth in Young Children's Understanding of Biological Origins. This study determined that five-year-olds could reliably judge traits that would be specific to biological parents rather than adoptive parents. (Child Development v 68, n 3 (June 1997): 404-19.)
  • Follow-Up of Psychiatric and Educational Morbidity Among Adopted Children by Lipman, E. L. et al. (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 32, no. 5 (1993): 1007-12).
  • School Success and Social Class: An Adoption Study by M. Duyme. (Developmental Psychologyv 24, n 2 March 1988 203-9).
  • Cognitive Abilities in the Early School Years: Effects of Shared Environment Between Parents and Offspring by L. H. Cyphers, et al. (Intelligence 13, no. 4 (1989): 369-86).
  • Like Father, Like Son by Solomon, G. E., et al. Young Children's Understanding of How and Why Offspring Resemble their Parents. Four experiments were conducted to examine whether or not 48 preschoolers understood biological inheritance. The key finding from this study was that it was not until age 7 that children substantially connected physical traits with biological fathers and beliefs with adoptive fathers. (Child Development v 67, n 1 February 1996: 151-71).
  • Adopted Adults: Comparisons with Persons Raised in Conventional Families edited by H. E. Gross and M. B Sussman. (Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 1997).
  • Psychopathology in Adopted-Away Offspring of Biologic Parents With Antisocial Behaviour by Remi J. Cadoret, MD.
  • The Inheritance of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: a reanalysis of the Danish adoptee study data by PA Lowing, AF Mirsky and R. Pereira.
  • Social class correlations among separately adopted siblings and unrelated individuals adopted together by T. W. Teasdale and David R. Owen.
  • Sex Differences in Predictors of Antisocial Behaviour in Adoptees by Remi J. Cadoret, MD.
  • Secrecy: What Can Artificial Reproduction Learn From Adoption? by Erica Haimes. Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Stirling.
  • Post Institutional Autistic Syndrome in Romanian Adoptees by Rene Hoksbergen,Jan ter Laak, Kathinka Rijik, Corvan Dijkum and Felicia Stoutjesdijk.

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