Adoption Resources

Adoption Resources

  • Transracial Adoption/Listening and Learning from Adoptees
  • West Michigan Adoption Support Group

Explaining Adoption at School

Not Being Chosen

Transracial Adoption

Courses on website Creating a Family (

  • Introduction to Prenatal Exposure for Those Considering Adoption
  • Parenting a Child with Prenatal Substance Exposure
  • Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Opiates, Opioids, Methadone, Suboxone, and other Common Drugs
  • What is it Really Like to Raise a Child with FASD?
  • Should You Accept This Adoption Match-Evaluating the Risk Factors
  • First Six Months with Opiate Exposed Baby
  • Practical Tips for Raising Kids with Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure
  • 12 Tips to Help You Parent a Prenatally Exposed Child
  • FASD Risk
  • Prenatal Substance Exposure: Risk, Development, and Intervention
  • Psychology Today Article- How Your Attachment Style Affects Your Parenting Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
  • How I Explained Adoption to the First Grade by Amy Klatzkin (free download on ALP website)
  • Seven Core Issues in Adoption Silverstein & Kaplan
  • Editorial: What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion On White Privilege by Lori Lakin Hutcherson
  • In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption (A guide for relative and families) Elisabeth O’Toole
  • What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption (An adoptees perspective on its history, nuances, and practices) Melissa Guida-Richards
  • The Connected Parent by Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls
  • What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey
  • The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • No Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • W.I.S.E. Up Powerbook by Marilyn Schoettle
  • Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahooke
  • The CDC just came out with updated guidelines for development. The first update since 2004. The new guidelines are more inclusive of evaluating autism.
  • There is a mobile app and a nice download of a printable version.
  • CDC Newest Guideline for developmental milestones

Kids’ books recommendations:

  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell 
  • Our Practically Perfect Baby by Stephen S. Campbell
  • Love Makes a Family  by Sophie Beer   
  • Love is Love: An LGBTQ Pride Book for Kids About Gay Parents and Diverse Families

LGBTQ family resources:

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