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The Home Study Process Is Really All Just Part of the Adoption Journey…
This blog post was written by Brittany, an Adoption STAR adoptive mother. My husband and I have 11 children. We have adopted four times and are planning to adopt again. We frequently are asked for advice about adoption and we're alway
There is an overwhelming amount of information available about adoption. With the Internet alone, adoption materials can overload anyone. The Adoption STAR staff would be happy to weed through material with you, identify specific resources that may be beneficial for you and discuss research and information with you.
Adoption STAR provides a wealth of adoption resources for those “touched” by adoption.
Adoption STAR’s support groups provide a nice blend of counseling, education and social support. It is no uncommon to find the groups getting together for a meal, arranging a speaker, discussing a sensitive topic, or planning an event.
For Birth Families
For Adoptive Families
- SOFIA: Supporting Our Families Interested In Adoption
- Adoptive Families of the Capital Region
- APC: Adoptive Parents Committee
- New York State Adoption Information Registry
- Ohio Adoption Registry
- Florida Adoption Reunion Registry
For information on other adoption registries throughout the state, please contact Adoption STAR directly.
- When You are Matched: A book to help you understand what it to expect when you are “matched” with expectant birth parents
- Coping with Loss. Renewing Hope: A booklet about dealing with the a failed match or incomplete adoption
Preparing for Parenthood: Infant and Child Care
- Baby Care Manual
- Getting Ready to Be a Parent: Newborn Child Safety Packet
- Medical Care and Immunizations
- Hair & Skin Care For Black Children
If you are in need of adoption resources please feel free to call us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adoption STAR RESOURCE LIBRARY:
Wisdom and Advice From Adoptive Parents – Over the years, Adoption STAR has collected the writings of many of our clients during various stages of their adoption journey … words from prospective adoptive parents, adoptive moms and dads and birth parents too and have compiled an E-Book called, Adoption Stories, Poems & Advice.
Adoption STAR has developed a resource library on adoption and related topics and is open for you to take the time to browse and borrow.
Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful books featured in our library:
Adoption Parenting, Jean McLeod and Sheena Macrae, 2006; It’s the ‘What to Expect’ for adoptive families! Over 100 contributors have woven a stunning tapestry of advice for adoptive parents.
Breastfeeding the Adopted Baby, Debra Stewart Peterson, 1994; Some people are surprised to find out that you do not need to have been pregnant in order to breastfeed. This book gives practical information and emotional support to breastfeed an adopted baby.
Dear Birthmother, Thank You for Our Baby, Kathleen Silbur and
Phyllis Speedlin, Corona Publishing Co., 1983; one of the classic
books on adoption, contains a collection of letters between birth
and adoptive parents and advocates for openness.
The Complete Book of International Adoption, Dawn Davenport, 2006; From the initial decision- Is adoption right for you? Through returning home with your child- How can you ease the transition? This book takes parents step by step through the entire process of adopting a child from another country.
Cross-Cultural Adoption, Amy Couglin and Caryn Abramowitz, 2004; This book has simple clear answers for the questions both adults and kids have about adoption.
Dear Birthmother, Thank You for Our Baby, Kathleen Silbur and Phyllis Speedlin, 1983; one of the classic books on adoption, contains a collection of letters between birth and adoptive parents and advocates for openness.
The Open Adoption Experience, Lois Ruskai Melina and Sharon Kaplan Roszia, 1993; A reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship.
Pregnant? Adoption is an Option: Making an Adoption Plan for a Child, Jeanne Warren Lindsay, Morning Glory Press, 1996; discusses planning as a key to making a decision about a pregnancy.
The Red Blanket, Eliza Thomas, 2004; This is a journey about the forming of a family. It is as lyrical as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, as honest as the struggles they encounter, and as comforting as a cozy red blanket. Recommended for infants to preschool age.
Shattered Dreams, Lonely Choices, Birthparents of Babies With Disabilities Talk About Adoption, Joanne Finnegan, Bergin and Garvey, 1993; explores options for parents with children with special needs.
Sweet Grapes: How to Stop Being Infertile and Start Living Again, by Jean Carter and Michael Carter, 1998; The information provided is an affirmation that there is life after infertility, regardless of the choices that one may make.
Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born, Jamie Lee Curtis, 1996; A little girl enjoys a cherished tale about her adoption that she knows by heart. Recommended for ages 2 – 8.
This Is How We Became a Family, by Wayne Willis, 2000; The story of a couple who long for a child, of a pregnant woman who is not ready to be a mother, and of the events that bring them together for a happy ending. Recommended for ages 4 – 7.