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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
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
All You Can Ever Know (2018) by Nicole Chung, Korean adoptee, author, memoir
Keurium (2018) by J S Lee – fictional work
Not My White Savior (2018) by Julayne Lee, Korean adoptee, 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, Taiwanese adoptee, memoir
Umbilicus (2016) by Paula Gruben, memoir
Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation (2015) by Soojung Jo, Korean adoptee, memoir
Three More Words (2015) by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, adoptee, memoir: Sequel to Three Little Words
Fish Heads & Folktales: Reflections on Culture, Family, and Life from a Korean Adoptee (2014) by P.M. Moran, Korean adoptee, memoir
Lucky Girl: A Memoir (2009) by Mei-Ling Hopgood, Taiwanese adoptee, memoir
Three Little Words (2008) by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, adoptee, memoir
somebody’s daughter: a novel (2005) by Marie Myung-OK Lee, Korean adoptee, memoir
The Language of Blood (2003) by Jane Jeong Trenka, Korean adoptee, memoir
A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots (2002) by Katy Robinson, Korean adoptee, 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.
Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics – Dr. Bruce Perry – NMT is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children.
Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development – Trust-Based Relational Intervention – TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.
Beyond Words Psychological Services, LLC – Licensed Psychologist and adoptee, Dr. Chaitra Wirtra-Leiker.
Adoption-Therapist Directory – Licensed therapists who are adoptees listed by State
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, LICSW, Adoption Therapist, 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
Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW, LCPAA, PLLC, Adoption Therapist, Adoptee, located in Allen, Texas
Attachment Theory in Action: Building Connections Between Children and Parents (2017) ed. by Karen Doyle Buckwalter & Debbie Reed
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2015) by B. Van Der Kolk
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD – Mind. Brain. Relationships
Mindsight Institute – Trainings with Dan Siegel, PhD – The mind, the brain and relationships
Adoption Therapy (2014) Ed. by L. Dennis
Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness (1995) by B.J. Lifton
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
April in June, host April Dinwoodie, adoptee, speaker
The Rambler, host Mike McDonald, adoptee
Adapted | Korean-American Adoptees Living in Korea, host Kaomi Goetz, adoptee, journalist
Out of the Fog, co-hosts Kassaye MacDonald, adoptee, & Pascal Huyn
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
Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow (2009) by G. Keck and R. Kupecky
The Connected Child (2007) by Karyn B. Purvis, PhD, David R. Cross, PhD, & Wendy Lyons Sunshine
Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors (2006) by H.T. Forbes & B.B. Post
Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens (2005) by D. Riley (author) & J. Meeks (contributor)
The Out of Sync Child (2006) by Carol Kranowitz
The Out of Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (2006, revised ed.) by Carol Kranowitz
Parenting from the Inside Out (2004) by D. Siegel and M. Hartzell
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
Listening to My Body (2017) by Gabi Garcia
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
Vivid Imagination Artworks – Artist & Korean adoptee, Caleb Yee
Julayne Lee – Writer, Korean Adoptee
Birth Mothers and Transnational Adoption Practice in South Korea (2016) by H. Kim
The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption (2013) by K. Joyce
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.