Adoption Resources


Parenting through adoption is a unique experience and can provide some unique challenges different from other parenting relationships.  Connecting Hearts believes in helping our families be as prepared as possible for an adoption and after your adoption is finalized.  Our goal is to build strong families.

Suggested Adoption Reading

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
Sherrie Eldridge
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The Connected Child:
Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family
Karyn B. Purvis and David R. Cross
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Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control:
A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors
Heather T. Forbes and B. Bryan Post
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Born Broken:
An Adoptive Journey
Kristin Berry
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The Adoptive Parent Toolbox
Insights & Stories for the Journey
Mike and Kristin Berry
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The Whole-Brain Child:
12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
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No-Drama Discipline
The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
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20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed
Discover the Unique Need of Your Adopted Child and Become the Best Parent You Can
Sherrie Eldridge
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Books for Kids

My Family, My Journey:
A Baby Book for Adoptive Families
Zoe Francesca and Susie Ghahremani
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We Belong Together:
A Book About Adoption and Families
Todd Parr
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I Wished for You:
An Adoption Story
Marianne Richmond
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Yes, I'm Adopted!
Sharlie Zinniger and Tiffany Cunliffe
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Happy Adoption Day!
John McCutcheon and Julie Paschkis
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Cora and the Elephant
Lissa Rovetch
from $9.58
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Holly Keller
from $1.55
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The Children of the King
Max Lucado and Sergio Martinez
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A Koala for Katie:
An Adoption Story
Jonathan London and Cynthia Jabar
from $5.23
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The Little Green Goose
Adele Sansone and Faust Anke
from $3.00
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A Mother for Choco
Keiko Kasza
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Over the Moon:
An Adoption Tale
Karen Katz
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Pablo's Tree
Pat Mora and Cecily Lang
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Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
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God Found Us You
Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant
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The Day We Met You
Phoebe Koehler and Phoebe Koehler
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Emma's Yucky Brother
Jean Little and Jennifer Plecas
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The Family Book
Todd Parr
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How I Was Adopted
Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss
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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
Rose A. Lewis and Jane Dyer
from $1.50
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New Beginnings
Chaya Baila Weinfeld
from $9.81
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Pinky and Rex and the New Baby
James Howe and Melissa Sweet
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Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies
Ann Turner and James Graham Hale
from $0.25
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Zachary's New Home:
A Story for Foster and Adopted Children
Geraldine M. Blomquist and Paul B. Blomquist
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Maybe Days:
A Book for Children in Foster Care
Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright
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Pieces of Me:
Who do I Want to Be
Robert L. Ballard
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A Safe Place for Caleb:
An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma
Paul J. Chara and Kathleen A. Chara
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Caleb's Healing Story:
An interactive story with activities to help children to overcome challenges arising from trauma, attachment issues, adoption or fostering
Kathleen A. Chara and Tasha Lehner
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Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Just Really Joseph:
A Children's Book About Adoption, Identity, And Family
Kayla Craig and Jena Holliday
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Help your kids prepare for an adoption

  • Learn about the issues, challenges, blessings of adoption yourself, and share this information in an age appropriate manner with your kids.  Make adoption a comfortable topic in your home.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions or express concerns they might have about adopting a child.  Ask their opinions and encourage them to share their feelings.
  • Include your children in the paperwork process – even if it’s something simple like mailing documents or checking the mail something to arrive. 
  • Let them help get your home ready - such as planning on how to rearrange rooms and/or furniture. Older children can help paint a room or a mural. Include them in shopping for needed items.
  • Let your kids weigh in on some of the decisions, names, décor, or other things.  Let your kids help with adoption announcements or planning family pictures.
  • Talk with your kids about how to talk to other kids about adoption.  Give them positive language and help them be prepared for some of the questions they might get asked.
  • Continue to engage in regular rituals your family has already established. Help your children to understand that while the adoption represents a big change for the family, they are still important members of the family and their needs will still be met.

Helpful Websites:

YouTube Videos:

Online Adoption Education Courses:

Funding Assistance for Your Adoption

Want to Know More?

Contact us!  We are happy to help you with whatever questions you might have.  Adoption can be intimidating and we are happy to serve as a resource to your family.