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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

By Adoptees

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.

Child Trauma Institute

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

The Out of Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years (2016) by C. Kranowitz

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


Family Preservation 365

Adoptee Rights Campaign

Adoptee Rights Law

Adoptees for Justice

Other websites

Adoption Museum Project

Adoption at the Movies

Vivid Imagination Artworks – Artist & Korean adoptee, Caleb Yee

Overcoming Odds

InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV)

Julayne Lee – Writer, Korean Adoptee

Lost Daughters

Gazillion Voices

Dear Adoption

The Adopted Life

Brazil Baby Affair

I Am Adopted: Where Adoptees are the Experts in Adoption

Harlow’s Monkey: an unapologetic look at transracial and transnational adoption

Jaeran Kim

The Declassifed 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

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption (2006) by A. Fessler

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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