Resources for Adoptive Families

by Dr. Barbara Lowe

Adoptive parenthood is similar to general parenting in that it brings tremendous
joy, as well as significant stress. However, the emotional experiences of making a
decision to adopt, going through the adoption process, and post adoption
adjustment bring unique ups and downs that require extra support. Adoptive
families need to be empowered with knowledge, support, and customized
interventions that address parent and child adjustment challenges. At GPSS, our
staff members are experts in addressing each family member’s unique needs in
a way that facilitates overall progress and harmony. We also provide services
that aid you through the adoption process, such as therapy and conducting
required pre-adoption parent evaluations.
Below, we have listed resources that can be useful in your family’s journey.

For Adoptive Parents
 The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, Wendy Sunshine
 Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years by Patty Cogen
 Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections by Jean MacLeod, Sheena Macrae
 The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen J. Foli Ph.D.,
 Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah D. Gray
 You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide by Susan Caughman
 Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens by Debbie Riley and John Meeks

 Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Families by Natalie Gillespie For Children
 Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
 God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
 I Wished for You: an Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond
 The Whole Me by Ellen K. Baron

 Adoption Learning Partners
 Post Adoption Support Services
 NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network
 Adoption For North Carolina: Information for Birth Mothers and Adoptive Parents

Chelsey RobertsonAdoption