Whether you’re considering adoption, in the middle of the process or want to understand more about it, books are a great way to gain insight into what adoption really means.

We’ve curated a list of five informative books about adoption that offer insight, guidance and support for those looking to embark on this life-changing experience.

If you’re an adoptive family and want to learn more about growing your family, then fill out our form. Or, if you’re considering placing your child up for adoption, contact us online now or call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist.

1. The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

The Connected Child is a groundbreaking book that offers practical advice and strategies for parents raising adopted children. Drawing from their extensive experience in child development and adoption, the authors provide insight into the unique challenges adoptive families face and offer compassionate approaches for nurturing healthy connections.

This book is essential reading for anyone considering or involved in adoption, as it offers guidance on building strong, loving bonds with adopted children.

2. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

In this insightful book, Sherrie Eldridge, an adoptee herself, shares the perspectives of adopted children and offers valuable insights for adoptive parents. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew explores the complex emotions and experiences of adoptees, helping adoptive parents better understand and support their children.

Through personal stories and practical advice, Eldridge offers a compassionate and enlightening resource for families touched by adoption.

3. Adoption Unfiltered: Revelations from Adoptees, Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents and Allies by Sara Easterly, Kelsey Vliet Ranyard and Lori Holden

Hear from all three sides of the adoption triad in this candid book described by readers as “a necessary resource in the adoption community.” Adoption Unfiltered reveals the thoughts and feelings of those directly involved in an adoption story.

From understanding the adoption process to offering support and navigating sensitive conversations, this book helps loved ones open up about their experiences with adoption.

4. In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption by Elisabeth O’Toole

Elisabeth O’Toole’s In On It offers a candid, informative look at adoption from adoptive parents’ perspectives. Through interviews with adoptive families, O’Toole explores the joys, challenges and realities of adoption, providing valuable insights for hopeful adoptive parents and those who want to support them.

With empathy and honesty, this book offers a glimpse into the lived experiences of adoptive families and provides insight for anyone considering adoption.

5. The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole by Lori Holden and Crystal Hass

Open adoption is today’s standard for adoption, but it comes with its own set of complexities and considerations. The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption offers guidance and support for navigating the challenges and joys of open adoption relationships.

Authors Lori Holden and Crystal Hass draw from their personal experiences as adoptive and birth parents to provide practical advice, communication strategies and insights into building healthy, open relationships that prioritize the child’s well-being.

Whether you’re an adoptive parent, adoptee, birth parent or simply curious, these books provide resources to help you better understand, navigate and embrace adoption as the beautiful journey that it is. If you’re interested in learning more about adoption, then contact us online now to connect with a specialist.