Adoption Books: How to Adopt

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These books are targeted to those approaching adoption to help with the decision-making process, and understanding policies, procedures, and issues for both domestic and international adoptions.

1) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption
The author walks her readers through procedures, issues and sensitive questions using clear language and a well-organized format. The book includes post-adoption concerns, and several resource lists.

2) Adopting After Infertility
This book fits right into the gap between acknowledging infertility and making the decision to adopt. It helps readers find the answers to hard questions within themselves and move on through the decision-making process.

3) Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child
For those considering domestic or international adoption of an older child, this book is a great resource for before, during, and after the adoption process

4) The Adoption Resource Book
Updated several times since its first publication in 1984, this is a must for adopting parents. It is an accurate, factual, and comprehensive guide to various alternatives, agencies, laws, homestudies, and more

5) The Whole Life Adoption Book
An excellent introduction to most aspects of adoption, focusing on successful family building, the emotional issues involved, and avoiding expectations.

6) Toddler Adoption : The Weaver's Craft
Adopting a child age 1-3 presents its own unique challenges. How to prepare yourself and help your child through the transition.

7) Adopting on Your Own: Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent
The book discusses, in excellent detail, the decision-making process necessary for any single person considering adoption.

8) Is Adoption For You?
This book covers the very important steps leading to a decision to adopt. It defines terms and explores myths, and walks the reader through a self-examination as it discusses the various types of adoption and their issues.

9) There are Babies to Adopt
For those seeking to adopt a baby (newborn to two years), this book covers the elements of who, how, when, and how much with sometimes uncomfortable frankness, and offers ideas and new resources to help prospective parents stay focused and positive.

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