A Few of Our Favorites

January 1, 2018 adoption community, books, Contributor Q and A, Stefanie 0 Comments

Happy 2018! It’s a brand new year, bubbling over with possibilities and, most likely, a smidge of regret and hope to make a few changes.

Maybe some of those hopes include reading more. Or getting connected with other adoptive families locally or online.

We’ve put together a few of our favorite (adoption-related) things: books, websites, blogs and more in hopes that what we love might be something that you love. That what has been a blessing to us may be a blessing to you.

Enjoy!



A Few of Our Favorite Books

Andrea Y:

1. The Whole Life Adoption Book – Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jayne Scooler and Thomas Atwood
2. Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years by Patty Cogen
3. The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
4. Ready or Not by Pam Parrish
5. Wounded Children, Healing Homes by Jayne Schooler

Liberty:

1. She is Mine: A War Orphan’s Incredible Journey of Survival by Stephanie Fast (This is the story of a war orphan in Korea, and although it is not about China or the current plight of the orphan there, it is a powerful read. It is a true story of survival and a glimpse of beauty through the love given to a child through adoption).

Kelley Berry:

1. The Connected Child by Karin Purvis
2. The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Rebecca:

1. The Heart of an Orphan by Amy Eldridge
2. Wish You Happy Forever by Jenny Bowen
3. Motherbridge of Love by Mothers’ Bridge of Love
4. God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
5. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love by Xinran

Kelly Raudenbush:

1. The Connected Child by Karin Purvis
2. Attachment, Trauma, and Healing by Michael Orlans
3. The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
4. Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
5. Out of Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Kranowitz

Mandy:

1. (For kids) Let’s Talk About It: Adoption by Fred Rogers
2. Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray
3. The Connected Child by Karin Purvis
4. No Drama Discipline by by Daniel J. Siegel
5. Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child by Patty Cogen

Jennifer B:

1. The Connected Child by Karin Purvis
2. Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child by Patty Cogen
3. Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray
4. Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Laura Markham
5. Beyond Consequence, Logic, and Control by Heather Forbes and Brian Post
6. Love Me, Feed Me by Katja Rowell

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A Few of Our Favorite Instagrammers

Liberty:

1. Sharon Ankerich
2. Knorp and South
3. Stop for Flowers
4. Strengthen My Hands
5. Katelyn Fuson
6. Laura Kelley
Oops that’s six…..

Kelley Berry:

1. Adventures of Baby K
2. Adopt a Love Story
3. Mae Be Sew
4. Lisa Harper

Rebecca:

1. Faithful Adoption Consultants
2. Meredith Toering
3. Morning Star Foundation
4. Love Without Boundaries
5. Under the Sycamore during their China trip
6. Ni Hao Yall

Stefanie:

1. Meredith Toering
2. Macy Makes My Day
3. Sharon Ankerich
4. Elsie Larson
5. Katelyn Fuson

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A Few of Our Favorite Websites

Liberty:

1. The Archibald Project
2. 7 Little Johnsons
3. Love Without Boundaries

Kelley Berry:

1. No Hands But Ours

Rebecca:

1. Love Without Boundaries
2. Show Hope
3. The Archibald Project
4. Empowered to Connect videos and resources

Kelly Raudenbush:

1. No Hands But Ours

Mandy:

1. No Hands But Ours 🙂
2. Adopt Without Debt

Films:

1. The Dark Matter of Love – I believe every prospective adoptive family should watch this documentary
2. Somewhere Between – to prep for the transracial aspect, this documentary is good; the resources on the DVD, Beyond Somewhere Between are outstanding.

Jennifer B:

1. No Hands But Ours
2. Empowered to Connect
3. BG Center
4. UMN Adoption Clinic
5. Special Needs Resource Project

Stefanie:

1. No Hands But Ours
2. Empowered to Connect
3. Love Without Boundaries Realistic Expectations
4. Rainbow Kids

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A Few of Our Favorite Blogs

Liberty:

1. Under the Sycamore
2. Ni Hao Y’all

Rebecca:

1. Love Without Boundaries
2. The Archibald Project (Blog/website and podcast)

Kelly Raudenbush:

1. Empowered to Connect blog

Jennifer B:

1. Ransom for Israel
2. Confessions of an Adoptive Parent
3. Rage Against the Minivan
4. A Beautiful Symphony
5. Ni Hao Y’all

Stefanie:

1. Under the Sycamore
2. A Beautiful Symphony
3. There’s No Place Like Home
4. The Larson House

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A Few of Our Favorite Groups

Liberty:

1. Special Needs Resources – China Adoption FB Group
2. China Waiting Child Advocacy FB Group
3. Adoptive Homeschooling Families FB Group

Kelley Berry:

1. China Adoption Questions FB Group
2. My kids province specific FB Groups
3. China Hemi Moms FB Group

Kelly Raudenbush:

1. Philly Area Moms Through Adoption
2. Parenting With Connection FB Group

Mandy:

1. Parenting With Connection FB Group

Jennifer B:

1. Special Needs Resources – China Adoption FB Group
2. Agency Resources for Families – China Adoption FB Group
3. Homeschooling Your Children Adopted from China FB Group
4. Ohio China Adoptive Families FB Group
5. China Waiting Child Advocacy FB Group

Stefanie:

1. Special Needs Resources – China Adoption FB Group
2. Parenting With Connection FB Group
3. China Adoption Questions FB Group
4. Large Adoptive Families FB Group

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This is in no way exhaustive and just represents a portion of our team, but it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to add some reading and relating to your 2018.

We’d love to hear from you – what are your favorites?

Stefanie2NHBOSig



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