Including More Than 450 Adoptee-Recommended Titles!

Category: Self-help

  • 45 Days of Pushing Through: A Guided Journal

    45 Days of Pushing Through: A Guided Journal

    by Melissa A. Corrigan

    Are you ready for a change? Like really ready? Have you battled low self-esteem, poor internal dialogue, remnants of a traumatic childhood, abusive relationship, or simply feeling a bit… lost? You have the key to unlocking a better you… right inside yourself. In your heart, your mind,…

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  • Let Us Be Greater: A Gentle, Guided Path to Healing for Adoptees

    Let Us Be Greater: A Gentle, Guided Path to Healing for Adoptees

    by Michelle Madrid

    Adoption is a lifeline of support and opportunity for countless people, but it can bring challenges and emotional conditions that are often silenced or left unaddressed, including PTSD, risk of suicide, and fear of abandonment. Author Michelle Madrid has experienced these challenges as a foster…

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  • Adult Adoptees and Writing to Heal: Migrating Toward Wholeness

    Adult Adoptees and Writing to Heal: Migrating Toward Wholeness

    by Liz DeBetta

    We live in a world where conversations about trauma are becoming commonplace and adopted people are using their voices to educate the general public about the effects of maternal separation and genealogical bewilderment. But for many adult adoptees the act of speaking truth to power…

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  • Coloring & Journal Book For Adoptees With Motivational Quotes: For Adoptees Healing Journey – Volume 1

    Coloring & Journal Book For Adoptees With Motivational Quotes: For Adoptees Healing Journey – Volume 1

    by Angel Davis; illustrated by Angie McGahey

    As an adult adoptee that struggles with the seven core issues of being adopted, (loss, rejection, guilt and shame, grief, identity, intimacy, and mastery/control), I have created this therapeutic coloring book with motivational uplifting quotes and affirmations, original illustrations and patterns, and journaling pages to…

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  • Swear, Vent & Coloring Book For (very) F*cking Angry Adoptees: For Adoptees Healing Journey – Volume 1

    Swear, Vent & Coloring Book For (very) F*cking Angry Adoptees: For Adoptees Healing Journey – Volume 1

    by Angel Davis; illustrated by Angie McGahey

    Why an angry sweary coloring and journal book? Because punching people in the face is frowned upon, and anger isn’t great for your overall mental and physical health if you hold on to it–so just let it all out! As an adult adoptee that struggles…

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  • Truth and Agency: Writing Ideas For People Who Were Adopted

    Truth and Agency: Writing Ideas For People Who Were Adopted

    by Anne Heffron

    In order to feel fully rooted, it’s important to know your story. If your personal narrative starts “The day we got you,” then you are already in the gaslit land of the uprooted. It can be a struggle to feel fully human when you don’t…

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  • Voices Unheard: A Reflective Journal for Adult Adoptees

    Voices Unheard: A Reflective Journal for Adult Adoptees

    by Lisa Coppola

    Adoption is based on loss, often yielding deep feelings of inner turmoil, grief, disconnection, and, at times, overwhelming fear and anxiety stemming from those old, unattended wounds. Yet it is common for the actuality of childhood relinquishment to be minimized or unheard by others who are not…

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  • Healing Tree: An Adoptee’s Story about Hurting, Healing, and Letting the Light Shine Through

    Healing Tree: An Adoptee’s Story about Hurting, Healing, and Letting the Light Shine Through

    by Danielle Gaudette

    “Our adopted angel”–that’s what Danielle’s adoptive parents called her. She grew up adored, doted on, unconditionally loved. It wasn’t until she was in college that she first felt a gnawing curiosity about her roots. From time to time, she would wonder: Where did this face…

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  • Rooted in Adoption Journal: Adoptee Writing Prompts for Self-Reflection, Discovery, and Healing

    Rooted in Adoption Journal: Adoptee Writing Prompts for Self-Reflection, Discovery, and Healing

    by Veronica Breaux

    This journal consists of over 50 writing prompts specially created for adoptees. The journal is divided into seven sections: Love and Relationships, Childhood Memories, Difficult Emotions, Listen to Adoptees, Adoption and the Media, Search and Reunion, and Personal Growth. Writing is a powerful way to…

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  • Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance

    Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance

    by Lisa Olivera

    When Lisa Olivera was just a few hours old, her birth mother abandoned her behind a rock near Muir Woods in Northern California. She was found and later adopted. Growing up, Lisa knew she was adopted. She later learned she was abandoned. Like with many…

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  • Goodbye Hypervigilance: Healing Adoptee Worry

    Goodbye Hypervigilance: Healing Adoptee Worry

    by Lora K. Joy; illustrated by Laura Foote

    Goodbye Hypervigilance is a true story about my experience realizing how adoption trauma had put me on high alert my entire life. My need to control things was catastrophic. Luckily, I have an adoptee competent therapist who helped me identify this old coping mechanism. My…

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  • NoBODY Looks Like Me: An Adoptee Experience

    NoBODY Looks Like Me: An Adoptee Experience

    by Lora K. Joy; illustrated by Laura Foote

    NoBODY Looks Like Me represents what it is like for an adoptee to grow up in a family where they are not genetically related to anyone. There is a longing to know where your eyes, nose and hands come from. When an adoptee decides to…

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  • What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption: An Adoptee’s Perspective on Its History, Nuances, and Practices

    What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption: An Adoptee’s Perspective on Its History, Nuances, and Practices

    by Melissa Guida-Richards

    If you’re the white parent of a transracially or internationally adopted child, you may have been told that if you try your best and work your hardest, good intentions and a whole lot of love will be enough to give your child the security, attachment,…

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  • Living in the Know: The Adoptee’s Quick-Start Guide to Finding Family with DNA Testing

    Living in the Know: The Adoptee’s Quick-Start Guide to Finding Family with DNA Testing

    by Geraldine Berger

    Part memoir, part quick-start guide, Geraldine Berger, “The Genetic Genealogy Coach,” shares her own journey to living in the know. The search for her birth parents spanned a cumulative thirty-four years, due to sealed records, aliases and other erroneous information. Berger tells you which DNA tests…

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  • The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved

    The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved

    by Linda Hoye

    We wear busyness as a badge of accomplishment and personal success. But when we use it to fill a void, being busy can become an addiction. Busyness helps us feel better—or feel nothing—but the benefit doesn’t come without cost. Adoptee Linda Hoye used it to…

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  • Who Am I: A Journal to Guide the Search for Your Birth Family

    Who Am I: A Journal to Guide the Search for Your Birth Family

    by Rebecca Crofoot

    Rebecca Crofoot served as a caseworker for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society for over forty-two years. About thirty of those years were dedicated to assisting clients with search and reunion. Because people are increasingly searching without the assistance of an adoption expert, Crofoot developed this…

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  • The Adoption Reunion Handbook

    The Adoption Reunion Handbook

    by Liz Trinder, Julia Feast, and David Howe

    The book describes the experiences that people have had when tracing their birth parents, as well as offering practical advice on how to go about searching and what to expect emotionally. Each section has an advice box which summarizes key points, notes issues to pay…

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  • Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents

    Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents

    by Jean A. S. Strauss

    What happens when an adoptee decides to locate a birthparent or a birthparent wants to find a child given up long ago? How does one search for people whose names one does not know? And what happens during a reunion? In 1983, Jean A. S.…

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  • The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond

    The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond

    by Julie Jarrell Bailey and Lynn N. Giddens, M.A.

    This book is written by two adoption specialists, one of whom is a reunited birthmother, and draws on the real-life experiences of others to help readers prepare for the emotional turbulence of the reunion experience, examine their fantasies and emotions about it, and find a…

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  • Journeys After Adoption: Understanding Lifelong Issues

    Journeys After Adoption: Understanding Lifelong Issues

    by Jayne E. Schooler and Betsie L. Norris

    What can we learn about the experience of adoption from those who have taken that journey? How can those touched by adoption navigate successfully through the issues of search, reunion, and aftermath? Will those answers have a positive impact on adoption today? Drawing upon the…

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  • Restored: Pursuing Wholeness When a Relationship Is Broken

    Restored: Pursuing Wholeness When a Relationship Is Broken

    by Deanna Doss Shrodes

    Have your hopes been dashed into pieces when you tried to make a relationship work and the other person didn’t respond as you wished? Have you asked someone to forgive you, but he or she didn’t respond as you desired? Have you prayed for healing…

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  • Questions Adoptees Are Asking

    Questions Adoptees Are Asking

    by Sherrie Eldridge

    People who have been adopted grow up with many similar questions, thoughts, challenges, and choices, such as, “Does my birth mother ever think about me?” and “What is my real worth? Was I a mistake?” More than 70 adoptees discuss these and other adoption issues…

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  • 20 Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make

    20 Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make

    by Sherrie Eldridge

    As an adoptee, do you have mixed feelings about your adoption? If you do, you are not alone – adoptees often experience complex feelings of grief, anger, and questions about their identity. Sherrie Eldridge is an adoptee and adoption expert, and in this book she…

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  • 20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

    20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

    by Sherrie Eldridge

    This book is pure encouragement for adoptive parents! Most adoptive parents don’t know that their child has a different “heart language” than theirs. They need a translator, which Sherrie Eldridge becomes in her new book. In her groundbreaking first book, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their…

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  • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

    Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

    by Sherrie Eldridge

    The voices of adopted children are poignant, questioning. And they tell a familiar story of loss, fear, and hope. This extraordinary book, written by a woman who was adopted herself, gives voice to children’s unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids…

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  • Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory

    Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory

    by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk

    Written by an adoptive mother and an adoptee daughter, Before You Were Mine offers a unique Christian perspective on creating a Lifebook that commemorates your child’s birth story. Complete with worksheets and advice from adoptive families, you’ll find that remembering and celebrating your child’s history…

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  • What Do You Mean I Was Adopted? 7 Steps to Acceptance, Gratitude & Peace

    What Do You Mean I Was Adopted? 7 Steps to Acceptance, Gratitude & Peace

    by Carina S. Burns

    Were you adopted? Did you have a similar experience? Do you face issues with identity? Ms. Burns learned of her own adoption when she was a teenager growing up in the Middle East, and it came as a shock. Rather than a prescribed formula for…

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  • Adoption Healing: A Path to Recovery–Articles, etc.

    Adoption Healing: A Path to Recovery–Articles, etc.

    by Joe Soll, LCSW

    This addition to the Adoption Healing series is a compilation of all the articles that I have been asked to write in the last year, plus more than a half dozen chapters with totally new material. The articles address specific issues faced by adoptees and…

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  • Adoption Healing: A Path to Recovery for Mothers Who Lost Children to Adoption

    Adoption Healing: A Path to Recovery for Mothers Who Lost Children to Adoption

    by Joe Soll, CSW, and Karen Wilson Buterbaugh

    The reader is provided with a description of the immaculate deception imposed on pregnant women and the ensuing tragedy of the loss of their babies to adoption and the profound effects on their lives. This is followed by different methods of healing the mother’s wounds,…

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  • Adoption Healing: A Path to Recovery–Supplement

    Adoption Healing: A Path to Recovery–Supplement

    by Joe Soll, LCSW

    Adoption Healing… a path to recovery–Supplement, a unique book, contains updated information not included in the originals. The reader is provided with a description of the aftermath of the separation of mother and child and the profound effects on both of their lives. This is…

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