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The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of InterCountry Adoption in Australia (2017) by International Adoption Service Australia

Juxtopose: Seven Stories of Adoption (2017) by Reena Cherian – The adoptees are from India

Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees (2017) by Abby Forero-Hilty, Rita Esmeralda Naranio, Paul Aboulafia, & 18 others.

It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion, & Open Adoption (2017) by B. Randolph

Vietnamese Adopted: A Collection of Voices (2015) by various authors

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth (2014) Ed. by D.R. Christian & M.A. Ellerman

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists (2014) by J.M. Ja (author), Vance Twins (compiler), M.A. Potter (editor), A. Vance (editor)

Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology (the AN-YA Project) (2015) by M.C. Maltempo (author), D.R. Christian (editor), A.H.I., Transue-Woolston (editor), & R. Gonzalez (editor)

Adoption Therapy (2014) Ed. by Laura Dennis

It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion, & Open Adoption (2017) ed. by Brooke Randolph

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth (2014) Ed. by Diane Rene Christian, Ed. by Mei-Mei Akwei Ellerman

Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace (2014) by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston (Author), Julie Stromberg (Editor), Karen Pickell (Editor), and Jennifer Anastasi (Editor)

Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: An Anthology (2014) Ed. Laura Dennis

Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption (2011) Edited by Bruce Gillespie and Lynne Van Luven

Snowflakes: A Flurry of Adoption Stories-By, For and About Children and Teens (2010) by Teresa Kelleher

Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be (2009) by Robert L Ballard, ed.

Once They Hear My Name: Korean adoptees and their journeys toward identity (2008) by Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert and Mary Anne Hess

Outsiders Within (2006) by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, and Sun Yung Shin

The Colour of Difference: Journeys in transracial adoption (2001) Ed. by S. Armstrong & P. Slaytor

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Own Stories (2000) by R. Simon & R. Roorda

Sacred Connections: Stories of Adoption Essays (2000) by Mary Ann Koenig

I wish You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children (1999) ed. by Sara Darow

By Adoptees

All You Can Ever Know (2018) by Nicole Chung, memoir

Keurium (2018) by J S Lee – fictional work

Not My White Savior (2018) by Julayne Lee – poetry

You Don’t Look Adopted (2018) by Anne Heffron, memoir

The Leavers (2017) by Lisa Ko – fictional work

Beyond Two Worlds: A Taiwanese-American Adoptee’s Memoir & Search for Identity (2017) by Marijane Huang, memoir

Umbilicus (2016) by Paula Gruben, memoir

Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation (2015) by Soojung Jo

Fish Heads & Folktalkes: Reflections on Culture, Family, and Life from a Korean Adoptee (2014) by P.M. Moran, memoir

Lucky Girl: A Memoir (2009) by Mei-Ling Hopgood, memoir

somebody’s daughter: a novel (2005) by Marie Myung-OK Lee, memoir

The Language of Blood (2003) by Jane Jeong Trenka, memoir

A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots (2002) by Katy Robinson, memoir

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew (1999) by Sherrie Eldridge – highly recommend!

Healing & Counseling

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Phone: 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line – In the U.S., text HOME to 741741, and in Canada, text HOME to 686868 for free, 24/7 support.

Adoption Trauma Therapists – Comprehensive list of licensed adoption competent therapists listed by location. Those therapists with an asterisk by their names are adoptees. List compiled by Jessenia Aria, adoptee (2017).

The Celia Center – Non-profit organization founded by Jeannette Yoffe, MFT/Psychotherapist and Adoptee in Los Angeles, California. Offerings: Support groups for all members of the adoption constellation, parenting classes, and private counseling.

Yoffe Therapy – Group psychotherapy practice, Executive Director – Jeannette Yoffe, MFT/Adoptee, Los Angeles, California

Lesli Ann Johnson, MFT/Psychotherapist and Adoptee in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, California. She offers individual and couples counseling, family, child, and adolescent counseling, Adoptive parent coaching, groups for the adoption & foster care community, adoption education workshops, and telepsychiatry.

Katie Naftzger, LCSW/Psychotherapist and Adoptee, located in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, in private practice. Contact Katie for all services offered. She also facilitates an Adoption, Teenhood, and Mental Health Group for Adoptive Parents and an Adoptive Parenting through the Life Cycle – Year-long Secret Facebook Community

Attachment Theory in Action: Building Connections Between Children and Parents (2017) ed. by Karen Doyle Buckwalter & Debbie Reed

Trust-Based Relational Intervention – Karyn Purvis, PhD and David Cross, PhD – Texas Christian University

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2015) by B. Van Der Kolk

Adoption Therapy (2014) Ed. by L. Dennis

Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up (2003) by N. Newton-Verrier

Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness (1995) by B.J. Lifton

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child (1993) by N. Newton-Verrier

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self (1992) by D.M. Brodzinsky, PhD, M.D. Schechter, MD & R.M. Henig


Attachment Theory in Action, host Karen Doyle Buckwalter – A podcast dedicated to therapists, social workers, counselors and psychologists who are working with clients from an attachment-based perspective. Interviews are conducted with individuals who are doing clinical work as well as leading attachment theory researchers.

Adoptees On, host Haley Radke, adoptee

The Rambler, host Mike McDonald, adoptee

Adapted | Korean-American Adoptees Living in Korea, host Kaomi Goetz, adoptee

Out of the Fog, co-hosts Kassaye MacDonald, adoptee, & Pascal Huynh

Global Adoptee Talk, host Marijane Huang, adoptee


The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child (2018) by D. J. Siegel, MD & T. P. Bryson, PhD

Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Parenting the Teen Years (2017) by Katie Naftzger, LICSW, psychotherapist

Sensory Processing 101 (2015) by D. Abraham, C. Heffron, P. Braley, & D. Drobnjak

Groundbreaking Interventions: Working with Traumatized Children, Teens, and Families in Foster Care and Adoption (2014) by Jeannette Yoffe, MA, MFT & Adoptee

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2012) by D. J. Siegal, MD & T. P. Bryson, PhD

Parenting As Adoptees (2012) by A. Chau (author) & K. Ost-Vollmers (editor)

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma (2012) by D.D. Gray

The Connected Child (2007) by K. Purvis

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens (2005) by D. Riley (author) & J. Meeks (contributor)

The Out of Sync Child (2006) by Jane Kranowitz

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parent (2002) by Deborah D. Gray

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow (2002) by G. Keck, PhD and R. Kupecky, L.S.W.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew (1999) by Sherrie Eldridge

Foster Parenting Abused Children, 3rd ed. (1994) by E. Gil

Children & Youth Books on Adoption

Frankie and Friends Talk Adoption (2018) by Pam Kroskie & Marcie Keithley, adult adoptees

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted and Fostered Youth (2014) by Diane Rene Christian, ed. by Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman

Love You From Right Here (2017) by Jamie Sandefer

Growing Grace (2017) by Erin Mason

The Moccasins (2004) by Earl Einarson, former foster youth

YA Fiction on Adoption

Girl in Reverse (2015) by Barbara Stuber

Half a World Away (2015) by Cynthia Kadohata


Abandoned, Adopted Here (2016) Director/Adoptee, Lucy Sheen

My Adoption (2016) a film short by Director, Chuang-Chieh Liao

Closure: A Documentary About Adoption (2015) Angela Tucker, adult adoptee

Twinsters (2015) story of adopted twins, Anais Bodier & Samantha Futerman

Finding Seoul (2014) Director/Adoptee, John C. Sanvidge

The Invisible Red Thread (2013) Director, M. Marovitch

Somewhere Between (2011) Director, L. Goldstein-Knowlton

Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption, PhotoSynthesis Productions

First Person Plural, Director/Adoptee, Dean Borshay Liem


Family Preservation 365

Important Reads

Search and Reunion

Child and Juvenile Information Center in TAIPEI, TAIWAN – This agency provides reunion services for adoptees seeking reunion with their first families in Taiwan.

7 thoughts on “Resources

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  2. taraoanhkohli

    There are two books that I got for myself recently that I think you might might want to read and add here (sadly, there aren’t any from Vietnamese mothers).

    “I Wish For You a Beautiful Life” – Sara Dorrow (editor) is a beautiful book of letters written by Korean birthmothers to their children before or right after giving them up for adoption. Priceless for adoptees like myself, wondering what our birthmother’s might have to say to us, and heartbreaking.

    “Message From an Unknown Chinese Mother” – Xinran (a chinese journalist) is a collection of true stories from Chinese birthmothers who gave up or even had to kill their children at birth (the one-child policy), and how they have lived with it years later.

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    1. jazzygirl Post author

      Dear Tara,
      Thank you so much for your comments and for the book recommendations! I actually have “Message From an Unknown Chinese Mother” but have not read it yet. I’ll put it on my Resources page, as well as the other book you suggested, which sounds like a really good one. I’m always so happy to hear from other adoptees. Thanks for reaching out, and I hope we can continue to keep in touch 🙂


  3. nickdevore

    We adopted our daughter from Taiwan in 2006. One book that was helpful for us was “Are Those Kids Yours” by Cheri Register. It was published some time ago so the stats are stale, but I found her frank discussion about interracial adoption to be challenging. She certainly makes you consider whether what you are doing is “best” for the child.

    P.S. Love the blog. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Marijane Post author

      Thanks, Nick, for recommending “Are Those Kids Yours!” It sounds like a very good book. I like that the author talks about the ethics of uprooting children from their birth heritage and issues on the rights of birth parents. Sounds to be a very “frank discussion” as you mentioned, but a good and necessary one for everyone involved in interracial adoption. I will add it to the list! It’s nice to hear from you, and all the best to you and your family!



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