Below are a few books and pdfs that we have found helpful. Adding them as we read them,
we have tried to integrate some adoption standards with some books on parenting that we think are useful in the context of adoption. We are always open to suggestions, so please do get in touch if you have ideas for more reading…
Some general stuff:
The AdoptionNorthLondon handbook has a wealth of information on all aspects of adoption. It is only available as a pdf, since the content will be updated regularly and each of the six NLAC LA’s update their own.
Jessica Kingsley Publishing specialises in the book on adoption and fostering, amongst other topics. They have put together this page with information about books on adoption and fostering, including a handy pdf. There are many key titles in there.
The ground breaking report Beyond the order is also worth reading in its entirity. It concerns research about the world post placement. It was written by Julie Selwyn, Dinithi Wijedasa, and Sarah Meakings, University of Bristol, and published in April 2014.
Some good starter books – not least for prospective adopters and relatives:
Many of the books on this page can be read at any stage. Take your lead from what you fancy.
However here are a few of the ones we wished we had read first:
Deborah Grey has written are ten solid tips to a good start in the first year of placement. A pdf link can be found here.
Attachment and Adoption Parenting:
The toddler and preschool years:
These are ten solid tips to a good start in the first year of placement.
School and the adopted child:
Pac has written and excellent report on schools and the adopted child, a pdf of which can be found here.
Essex County Council have made a short and sweet, but no less useful, guide for parents and schools, which can be found here.
Reading for transracial adoptions:
General (adoption-friendly) Parenting: