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If you are looking for answers to specific questions, please visit our Areas of Focus page which has detailed information on infant adoption, adoption out of foster care, and intercountry adoption.

Suggested Reading by Topic

NCFA is proud to provide the following resources to the adoption community.  This is a work in progress, and we will continuously add new resources as we find them.

Adoption - General
Foster Care - General
Foster Care - Reform
Foster Care - Parenting
International Adoption
State Regulations and State Fact Sheets
















Recommended Reading List

NCFA recommends the following list of books, articles, and publications to help better understand the adoption process, policies, an what to expect if you are considering building your family through adoption.  If you would like to submit a book, article or publication for inclusion in this list, please send a copy, along with your contact information to:

Chuck Johnson
President and CEO
National Council For Adoption
225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Click here for a printable version of this list:

  • Adamec, Christine. “Is Adoption for You?: The Information You Need to Make the Right Choice.”  Wiley and Sons: New York, NY. 1998.
  • Adesman, Andrew, M.D. and Christine Adamec. “Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family.”  McGraw-Hill: New York, NY. 2004.
  • Atwood, Thomas C. and Schooler, Jayne E.  “The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family.”  Navpress: Colorado Springs, CO. 2008.
  • Bowen, Richard, Amy Tan, and Karin Evans.  “Mei Mei, little sister: Portraits For a Chinese Orphanage.”  Chronical Books: San Francisco, CA. 2005.
  • Buxton, Bonnie. “Damaged Angels: An Adoptive Mother Discovers the Tragic Toll of Alcohol in Pregnancy.” Carol and Graf Publishers: New York, NY. 2004, 2005.
  • Chasnoff, Ira J., M.D., Linda D. Schwartz, PhD, Cheryl L. Pratt, PhD, and Gwendolyn J. Neuberger, M.D.  “Risk and Promise: A Handbook for Parents Adopting a Child from Overseas.” NTI Upstream: Chicago, IL. 2006.
  • Coughlin, Amy, and Caryn Abramowitz.  “Cross-Cultural Adoption: How to Answer Questions from Family, Friends, and Community.”  LifeLine Press: Washington, D.C. 2004.
  • Davenport, Dawn. “The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child.” Broadway Books: New York, NY. 2006.
  • Dorow, Sara, ed. “I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters for the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children.”  Yeong and Yeong Book Co.: St. Paul, MN. 1999.
  • Gillespie, Natalie Nichols. “Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Families.” Integrity Publishers: Franklin, TN. 2006.
  • Gray, Deborah D.  “Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents.” Perspectives Press: Indianapolis, Indiana. 2002.
  • Jewett-Jarett, Claudia.  “Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss.”  Harvard Common Press: Boston, MA. 1994.
  • Keck, Gregory C., PH.D. and Regina M. Kupuecky. “Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow.” Ed. Lynda Gianforte Mansfield. Pinon Press: Colorado Springs, CO. 2002.
  • Keefer, Betsy, and Jayne E. Schooler.  “Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past.”  Bergin and Garvey: Westport, CT. 2000.
  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock.  “The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with  Sensory Processing Disorder.” Penguin Group: New York, NY. 2003.
  • McCreight, Brenda, PH. D.  “Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child.” New Harbinger Publications: Oakland, CA. 2002.
  • Miller, Laurie C., M.D.  “The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine: A Guide for Physicians, Parents, and Providers.” Oxford Press: New York, NY. 2005.
  • Nakazawa, Donna Jackson.  “Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children.”  Lifelong Books: Cambridge, MA. 2003.
  • Nelson-Erichsen, Jean and Heino Erichsen.  “How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions.” Mesa House: Fort Worth, TX. 1997.
  • Nelson-Erichsen, Jean. “Inside The Adoption Agency: Understanding Intercountry Adoption in the Era of the Hague Convention.” Erichsen Consultations, 2007.
  • Purvis, Karyn. “The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Child.” McGraw Hill, 2007.
  • Simon, Rita J., and Howard Altstein. “Adoption Across Borders: Serving the Children in Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions.”  Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham, MD. 2000.
  • Taylor, Kimberley Raunikar. “Celebrating Adoption: The Intentional Family.” Beacon Hill: Kansas City, MO. 2007.
  • Tepper, Thais, ed., Lois Hannon, ed., and Dorothy Sandstrom, ed.  “International Adoption: Challenges and Opportunities.” 2nd ed. 3rd printing. 2003.
  • Whitten, Kathleen. Labor of the Heart: A Parent’s Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption. M. Evans Publishing, Lanham, MD. 2008.

NCFA Fact Sheets

Our newest series of fact sheets, “What You Need to Know About…” are designed to provide basic information to families and practitioners about a wide range of adoption topics and issues and are scheduled to release in late summer/early fall 2010. The first set of fact sheets are:

  • “What You Need to Know About…International Adoption”
  • “What You Need to Know About…Foster Care”
  • “What You Need to Know About…Domestic Adoption”
  • “What You Need to Know About…Financing Your Adoption”
  • “What You Need to Know About…Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure


The eMemo was an electronic newsletter which discussed timely adoption issues and NCFA news that NCFA published from 2004 to 2008.  To see archived copies of eMemos, click here.

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