Adoption Resources

boy-reading-bookBelow is a list of resources that you may find helpful. It includes adoption books, education and counseling, newsletters and conferences, as well as resources for teachers, medical information, sensory and occupational resourcesnutrition resources and more!

Disclaimer. Inclusion on the list below does not imply or constitute endorsement by MLJ Adoptions. The opinions and views expressed in the listed websites, products, documents, organizations and individuals does not necessarily state or reflect those of MLJ Adoptions. The accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained in these resources is not controlled or guaranteed by MLJ Adoptions. Please use your discretion and caution when obtaining information and/or professional advice on behalf of your child.


For Parents
    • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child – Betsy Keefer, Jayne Schooler
    • The Handbook on International Adoption Medicine – Laurie C. Miller
    • The Out-of-Sync Child – Carol Stock Kranowitz
    • Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families – Schooler, Smalley, and Callahan
    • Help for Billy – Heather T. Forbes
For Family and Friends
For Children
    • A Mother for Choco – Keiko Kasza
    • The Best Family in the World – Susana Lopez
    • Wild About You – Judy Sierra
    • Shaoey and Dot – Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman
    • We Belong Together – Todd Parr
    • I Wished for You – Marianne Richmond
    • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born – Jamie Lee Curtis
    • You Are My Baby, I Am Your Mommy – Kimberly Leclercq
    • Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale – Karen Katz
    • The Best for You – Kelsey Stewart
    • The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story – Anne Braff Brodzinsky
    • Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles – Darlene Friedman
    • You’re My Little Love Bug – Heidi Weimer
    • The Colors of Us – Karen Katz

Resources for Teachers

Education and Counseling Resources

    • Child Development Institute at TCU and Hope Connection Camp – Their mission: research, training, and outreach dedicated to the needs of families with at-risk children. This institute follows the mission of Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross in hopes to help children suffering from the effects of abuse, neglect, or trauma. Here is a list of professionals who have attended the Trust-Based Relational Intervention training with Dr. Purvis and Dr. Cross.
    • Child Trauma Academy – “The Child Trauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.”
    • MLJ Adoptions’ Support Services – MLJ Adoptions provides free support group meetings, individual support sessions, and family counseling. Our events, in addition to our educational weekends, provide unique learning experiences as well as the chance to bond with others who may be experiencing similar circumstances and feelings.
    • Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute – Their mission: to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.
    • LEAP Camp by CASE – LEAP is a three week, full-day summer program for adopted middle school youth. The objectives of LEAP include “cultivating membership and belonging within an adoptive community as well as fostering leadership development, health and wellness, and artistic self-expression.”
    • Creating a Family – Creating a Family has many resources, including podcasts, tips sheets and books categorized by topic.
    • Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond – Navigating through the crucial ages of tweens and teens can be challenging for any parent, but adoptive parents face unique challenges that only other adoptive parents are likely to understand. This interactive six-week email course, taught by Judy M. Miller, can easily fit into your busy schedule.
    • Post-Adoption Family Events – An online list of post-adoption events taking place around the United States from Adoptive Families magazine.

Regional Adoption-Competent Mental Health Professionals

    • Dr. Gary Matloff – Licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. His practice is based in Coral Springs, Florida.


Adoption Conferences for Parents

Medical Information

Pre-Travel Medical Consultations

    • Emily Swilling, DO – Pediatric Health Care Associates P.C., Lynn/Peabody, Massachusetts.

Sensory and Occupational

    • Healthy Touch (DVD) – from the Child Development Institute at TCU

Regional Sensory and Occupational Resources

    • therAplay – pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, and hippotherapy, Carmel, Indiana

Nutrition and Allergies

    • Healthier Without Wheat – Dr. Stephen Wangen
    • In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan
    • Spoon Foundation – The Spoon Foundation works to develop nutrition in the lives of orphans, foster, and adopted children so that they may grow healthy and thrive. Their website includes subjects such as feeding tricks, recipes by country, and free professional resources.
    • Orphan Nutrition – This organization strives to improve nutrition and feeding among orphans. Their website includes topics such as understanding malnutrition, safe food practices, best feeding practices, and nutrition by country.

Additional Resources

    • What Not To Say (handout) – Covering undesirable yet commonly used words in adoption and suggesting alternatives.