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Books worth reading on Fostering and Adoption

1. Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How traumatised children impact foster and adoptive homes by Jayne E Schooler et al
(Very good book written by Christians that helps explain attachment theory with stories and science useful for adopters and foster carers)
2. Bubble-wrapped children, by Helen Oakwater
(says its about adoption and social media, but actually very good introduction to the effects of trauma on children removed from their birth families. Useful for adopters and foster carers)
3. Hurting Too Much - Shocking Stories from the frontline of child protection by Harry Keeble
(this is harrowing reading – but useful to see the wide variety of situations that lead to children being removed. Useful for foster carers)
4. Another place at the table, by Kathy Harrison
(Personal and honest account of a foster carer in the US juggling birth children and several foster placements. Easy read. Useful for foster carers.)
5. A mother like Alex, by Bernard Clark
(an inspirational biography of a single lady who adopted nine children with Downs Syndrome. Useful for those considering adoption.)
6. The trouble with Alex: a child too damaged to love, by Melanie Allen
(a very sad novel – true story – about how an adoption broke down. Useful for adopters and foster carers.)
7. Primal Wound: understanding the adopted child, by Nancy Newton Verrier
(controversial book about the impact on children removed at birth. Useful for adopters and foster carers.)
8. Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father by Dan Cruver
(a Kindle book that relates our ‘vertical’ experience of adoption as Christians with our ‘horizontal’ responsibility to adopt orphans and children in need. Includes articles by John Piper. Useful for adopters and foster carers)
With three birth children and three adopted Chinese orphans, the Chapman family undergo a terrible tragedy. This story is a real tear-jerker, wrestling with some of life’s biggest questions. And through all this, they have inspired hundreds to adopt, and helped to increase awareness of the orphan crisis around the world. A must-read for adopters.
I have been to a seminar that Kathy was running and she is outstanding. She knows what she is talking about when it comes to understanding traumatised children and how to care for them. Kathy is is the director at Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development
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There may well be lots of books we have missed out, please feel free to add your own recommendations below, thank you.

3 thoughts on “Books worth reading on Fostering and Adoption”

  1. Krish, I’d highly recommend the book, Adopted for Life, as well for Christians who are thinking about adoption. The subtitle of the book is “The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches,” and he really makes a powerful, biblical case for that. My wife and I just finished reading it and were really impressed with the book.

  2. Krish – a book my wife and I have come across is ‘Related by Adoption: A Handbook for Grandparents and Other Relatives’ by Hedi Argent and published by (Baaf). We bought this book for both sets of Grandparents to explain why on earth we were adopting and their very important role in the process. They all found it really interesting and informative. It doesn’t go into great detail but answers many basic questions as well as helps to start further discussions. I think it’s a must for all prospective adopters.

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