LinksCollage3 Alliance for Children’s Rights 

Children’s Action Network 

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy

Adoption Healing 

Child Welfare Information Gateway 

International Soundex Reunion Registry 

Adoptive Families 

Adoption Today

Inter-Country Adoption 

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Recommended Reading

for members of the Adoption Triad and those interested in learning more about adoption


Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents, by Jean A.S. Strauss

Search: A Handbook for Adoptees and Birthparents, by Jayne Askin

Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: An Anthology, by Laura Dennis

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, by Nancy Newton Verrier

Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness, by Betty Jean Lifton, PhD

Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience, by Betty Jean Lifton, PhD

The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond, by Julie Jarrell Bailey and Lynn N. Giddens

Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life’s Greatest Family Mysteries, by Pamela Slaton

Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption, by Marlou Russell, PhD

The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child, by Dawn Davenport

The Adoption Searchbook, by May J. Rillera


The Adoption Reader: Birth Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, and Adopted Daughters Tell Their Stories, edited by Susan Wadia-Ells

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, by Ann Fessler

Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found, by Sarah Saffian

Birthmark, by Lorraine Dusky

The Other Mother, by Carol Schaefer

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, by Richard Hill

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, by David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Shecter and Robin Marantz Henig

Birthbond: Reunions Between Birthparents and Adoptees—What Happens After, by Judith S. Gediman and Linda P. Brown

Reunion: A Year in Letters between a Birthmother and the Daughter She Couldn’t Keep, by Katie Hern

Without a Map, by Meredith Hall


Lost Daughters: Writing adoption from a place of empowerment & peaceJulieCompStand2

Adoption Talk

Harlow’s Monkey

Heart, Mind and Seoul

John Raible Online

Love Isn’t Enough

Mama C and the Boys

My Mind on Paper

Production not Reproduction

Therapy is Expensive


Adoption Reunion Stories Facebook Page (This is a private page – request membership to view)

First Mother Forum 

Other Helpful Books