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Please note that New Life Adoptions has not extensively reviewed every website or publication on this resource list. It is also not a comprehensive list of all the available adoption-related resources.

This list is given as a tool for you to use your own judgment and discretion in finding resources to encourage and educate you on your adoption journey. For more resources contact our Post Adoption Social Worker.

For All Parties

Are you interested in connecting with other members of the adoption community? Bellis hosts an evening of Adoption Connection once every other month. These meetings are open to birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted persons, and birth or adoptive grandparents to have dedicated time for in-depth conversation and support. Through these gatherings, they’ve seen people – from all walks of life and many different perspectives on adoption – connect with each other in meaningful ways.

The mix of participants has included adoption experiences ranging from infant domestic, international, foster care, open, closed, recent and decades ago, etc. Across a wide spectrum of adoption backgrounds, conversations bring a sense of commonality that is affirming and encouraging. They start with a large group format, then break into facilitated small group discussions.
This event is free for attendees, but they request that you RSVP ahead of time. To learn more and RSVP for the next Adoption Connection check out their website or contact Bellis at info@mybellis.org or 952-944-0866.

MN Adopt provides services to support all members of adoption relationships. They have up-to-date information about support groups and resources available by phone and on their website. They provide education through regularly scheduled trainings, workshops, and webinars. Check out their website for what is coming up soon.

The HELP phone line is an excellent resource for birth parents and adoptive parents who are looking for resources including therapists who understand adoption. MN Adopt has an extensive list of therapists across Minnesota who have experience working with adoption. You can search by area to find a therapist near you.

Learn more at www.mnadopt.org or call the HELP line at 612-746-5137

www.dimples-adoption.sounder.fm

“It is not every day you get to hear an open adoption story from the perspective of a birth mother and her biological daughter. Dimples & Adoption tells a unique story through the eyes of two strong women who were determined to be in each other’s lives. Not only will they uncover their emotional stories, but create a platform to share a variety of adoption stories from guest speakers.”

www.adoptconnect.com 

A safe and easy way for adoptive families and birth families to stay connected after an adoption.

For Birth Parents

Stronger Together is a weekend retreat hosted by Bellis in September each year that offers birth mothers an opportunity to talk, reflect and learn together. Retreat programming is designed to offer new skills and perspectives that can be helpful on the journey as a birth mother. Along with classroom-type sessions, the agenda includes free time, activities, miles of walking trails, access to a beautiful dock in a quiet bay, canoes, etc., and home-cooked meals. Several social workers assist in guiding the programs. Of course, perhaps the greatest benefit is simply time with others who can relate to your unique experiences. This creates long-lasting friendships and a much-needed network of support.

Learn more about this retreat on their website at www.mybellis.org

New Life Adoptions is proud to be a partner agency of BraveLove, a non-profit pro-adoption movement that seeks to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative, and hopeful communication that conveys the heroism and bravery of birth moms. Read BraveLove’s blog for encouragement in your own journey. www.bravelove.org

 

www.postpartum.net/get-help/adoptive-and-birth-mothers/

Birth mothers struggling with post adoption depression can call Postpartum Support International’s HelpLine for support.

Call 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD)
#1 En Espanol or #2 English

Text in English: 800-944-4773
Text en Español: 971-203-7773

Or contact their specialized support coordinator dedicated to birth moms who are having a hard time with the birth and relinquishment of their baby or with subsequent pregnancies.  If you are a birth mom who needs help please reach out to Maureen Fura:

831-920-7907 (call or text) | maufura@gmail.com
Maureen offers support in both English and Spanish.

For Adoptive Parents

Adoption Learning Partners is an online adoption education community. For a fee you can complete an online seminar to gain education on a wide variety of adoption topics including many post adoption matters. Some of you may be familiar with them or used them as a part of your home study education, but they add webinars often, so there may be something new there just for you!

Please visit www.adoptionlearningpartners.org for more information.

The Adoptive Families magazine has a website full of resources as well as an online community of other adoptive families. They offer support to families at every stage in the adoption process and beyond.

Check them out at: www.AdoptiveFamilies.com

 

The Hope for the Journey Conference is a one day event presented by Show Hope. Experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, this conference helps bring attachment and connection in families.

This conference is typically held each spring. See our events page or visit Show Hope’s website for more information.

Creating a Family is the national adoption & infertility education organization. Their mission is to strengthen families through unbiased education and support for infertility patients, adoptive parents, and allied professionals. They have an extensive collection of resources for those struggling with infertility and for pre and post adoptive families.

Check out their website at www.creatingafamily.org

Evermore Community was started by adoptive parents who know the unique support that adoptive families can offer to each other. Their goal is to “serve families at every stage of the adoption and parenting adventure.” They are a “community designed to come alongside adoptive families with support through the joys of bringing a new person into your family and through the difficulties that can come with the trauma so many children have faced.”

Learn more on their website www.evermorecommunity.org.

This book is written by the same woman who helped create the Empowered to Connect conference. It is a hope-filled resource for parents who have welcomed children into their family through adoption or foster care.

Inside Transracial Adoption: Strength-based, Culture-sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Inter-country or Domestic Adoptive Families That Don’t “Match” by Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg
This book is written by two mothers who both adopted children transracially. Together, they also founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, to serve adopted children of color and their families. A great resource throughout the adoptive parenting journey! www.pactadopt.org

This book offers tools and insight into how to have an open adoption. It covers common open-adoption situations and how real families have navigated typical issues successfully.

This book talks about adopting and parenting transracially. A great resource for families considering transracial adoption, families who have adopted transracially, adoptees, birth parents, and adoption professionals. It includes extensive resource lists, discussion/reflection questions for adoptive parents, and advice and research from experts in the adoption field.

Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years  by Katie Naftzger

In this book Katie Naftzger shares from her own personal and professional experience to help adoptive parents through the potentially stormy teen years. It include strategies that you can use as you are guiding your teen through this journey.

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens by Debbie Riley, LCMFT, with John Meeks, M.D.
This book outlines some of the common places in adoption that teens and parents can get “stuck” as well as ways to work through these common issues.

Mike and Kristin Berry are adoptive parents who want to provide support to other families on the adoption and foster care journey. Their goal is to “be a real voice speaking real hope to parents on the foster and adoptive journey.”

Listen to their podcast online at www.honestlyadoption.com

This Road Trip provides a place for dads of adoption and foster care to have a place to come together to talk about the foster and adoptive journey. Meet other guys who get the journey that you are on.

To learn more, watch their video, subscribe to updates, or register check out their website at roadtripdads.com

www.harlows-monkey.com

“An unapologetic look at transracial and transnational adoption.”

www.adoptionlcsw.com

This website offers movie reviews and discussion guides for movies that have adoption related themes. This helps adoptive parents know what to expect when they watch these movies as each child may react to adoption related contend in a different way. It also helps spark conversations about adoption related issues.

www.postpartum.net/get-help/adoptive-and-birth-mothers/

Adoptive parents struggling with post adoption depression can call Postpartum Support International’s HelpLine for support.

Call 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD)
#1 En Espanol or #2 English

Text in English: 800-944-4773
Text en Español: 971-203-7773

Or contact their Specialized Coordinator for adoption specific help. Lindsay Conover
732-646-5156 (call or text) | adoptiveparents.psi@gmail.com

For Adopted Children and Adults

Land of Gazillion Adoptees and Gazillion Voices, are websites designed to give voice to the adoptee experience. It allows those who were adopted to share about adoption topics that are important to them.

 

 

Ages 2-6

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond

A Blessing from Above by Patti Henderson

The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption by Catherine and Sherry Bunin

Ages 4-10

Adopted Like Me: My Book of Adopted Heroes by Ann Angel

ABC, Adoption and Me – A Multicultural Picture Book for Adoptive Families by Gayle H. Swift and Casey Anne Swift

Who Are My Real Parents? by D.L. Fuller

God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren

How I Became a Big Sister by Dave Moore

Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children’s Story about Interracial Adoption by Andrea Nepa

Forever Fingerprints: An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children by Sherrie Eldridge

My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You by Dr. Kevin Lehman and Kevin Lehman II

Welcoming Babies by Margy Burns Knight

Brown Like Me by Noelle Lamperti

Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

How I was Adopted by Joanna Cole

Who Am I? And Other Questions of Adopted Kids by Charlene C. Gianetti

The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story by Anne Braff Brodzinsky

Did My First Mother Love Me?: A Story for an Adopted Child by Kathryn Ann Miller

Steven’s Baseball Mitt: A Book About Being Adopted by Kathy Stinson

Adopting a Second Child

Pinky and Rex and the New Baby by James Howe

Families with Biological and Adopted Children

Can I Tell You About Adoption: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals by Anne Braff Brodzinsky

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story by Lori Rosove

Lucy’s Feet by Stephanie Stein

William is My Brother by Jane Schnitter

Open Adoption

Megan’s Birthday Tree: A Story about Open Adoption by Laurie Lears

Pugnose has Two Special Families by Karis Kruzel

My Special Family: A Children’s Book about Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber and Debra Marks Parelskin

www.harlows-monkey.com

“An unapologetic look at transracial and transnational adoption.”

www.theadoptedlife.com

This blog by Transracial Adoptee, Angela Tucker, helps empower other transracial adoptees on their journey.

www.angelatucker.com/podcast

In addition to her blog, Angela Tucker has created a podcast where she interviews other adoptees from many different backgrounds to help “shift societal perceptions about adoption.”

www.Aprildinwoodie.com

April Dinwoodie offers her take on adoption as a transracially adopted woman through her website, blog, and podcast.