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Adoption Subject Guide

A pathfinder designed to educate people about adoption.

World Wide Web Resources

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption

To assist States, Tribes, territories and courts in building its capacity to ensure the safety, well-being, and permanency of abused and neglected children through adoption and post legal adoption services program planning, policy development and practice.

American Adoptions

“Licensed non-profit adoption agency serving pregnant women, adoptive families and adoptees across the U.S.”

New Jersey Fostercare

Information for those considering becoming a foster parent in New Jersey.

The Office of Children's Issues

The Office of Children's Issues (CI), part of the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process.

Transracial and Transcultural Adoption

“This publication addresses issues arising from adoptions "placing a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another race or ethnic group." Topics include preparing for such an adoption and how to help your adopted child have a strong sense of cultural identity. From the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Print Resources


Adamec, Christine A. The encyclopedia of adoption New York, NY : Facts On File, c2007. Call # R 362.73 AD

Non Fiction

Adamec, Christine The complete idiot's guide to adoption Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, c2004. Call # 362.734 AD

Adoption / Mary E. Williams, book editor Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2006. Call # 362.734 AD

Barr, Tracy L.  Adoption for dummies Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2003. Call # 362.734 BA

Barrow, Randi Somebody's child : stories from the private files of an adoption attorney New York, NY : Berkley Publishing, c2002. Call # 362.734 BAR

Caldwell, Mardie M.  Adoption, your step-by-step guide : using technology & time-tested techniques to expedite a safe, successful adoption Nevada City, CA : American Carriage House, c2005. Call # 362.734 CA

Caughman, Susan and Motley, Isolde You can adopt : an adoptive families guide New York, NY : Ballantine Books, c2009. Call # 362.734 CA

Crumpacker, Bunny and Picariello, Jil Jessica Lost : a story of birth and adoption New York, NY : Union Square Press, c2011. Call # 362.734 CR

Dickerson, James The basics of adoption : a guide for building families in the U.S. and Canada Westport, CT : Praeger, c2006. Call # 362.734 DI

Falker, Elizabeth Swire The ultimate insider's guide to adoption : everything you need to know about domestic and international adoption New York, NY : Warner Wellness, c2006. Call # 362.734 FA

Family wanted : stories of adoption / edited by Sara Holloway New York, NY : Random House, c2005. Call # 362.734 FA

Fessler, Ann The girls who went away : the hidden history of women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before Roe v. Wade New York, NY : Penguin Press, c2006. Call # 362.82 FE

Greene, Melissa Fay No biking in the house without a helmet New York, NY : Sarah Crichton Books, c2011. Call # 362.734 GR

A love like no other : stories from adoptive parents / edited by Pamela Kruger and Jill Smolowe New York, NY : Riverhead Books, c2005. Call # 362.2734 LO

Pertman, Adam Adoption nation : how the adoption revolution is transforming America New York, NY : Basic Books, c2000. Call # 362.73 PE

Salazar, Ashley Bittersweet blessing : 16 and pregnant New York, NY : MTV Press, c2012. Call # 306.8743 SA

Sember, Brette McWhorter The adoption answer book Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., c2007. Call # 362.734 SE

Sember, Brette McWhorter The complete adoption & fertility legal guide Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., c2004. Call # 346.7301 SE

Simon, Scott Baby, we were meant for each other : in praise of adoption New York, NY : Random House, c2010. Call # 362.734 SI

Tucker, Neely Love in the driest season : a family memoir New York, NY : Crown Publishers, c2004. Call # 362.73 TU

Williams, Mary E. Adoption Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2006. Call # 362.734 AD


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