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Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul: Stories Celebrating Forever Families
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman
"The usual heartwarming short vignettes that this series does so well. Most of the stories are related to the adoption journey or tales of how children joined their adoptive "forever" families; a smaller selection relates to post adoption situations, such as birth parent or homeland search. The vignettes are all well polished, easy to read and heart warming; occasionally they make your catch your breath in surprise or empathy. Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul is an excellent present for adoptive families or those considering adoption, who might enjoy a bit of encouragement, and a feeling of belonging to a wider, far reaching community." (Allison Martin)
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Rainbows from Heaven : A story of faith, hope and love that created a family
By Lynn Ellen Doxon
"This is the personal story of Lynn Doxon and her husband's adoption of three girls from a Ukranian orphange. This book provides a very detailed account of their adoption journey and the harrows of the paperwork, corruption, miscommunication, and misfortune which interferred with the coming together of their family. Through it all, they perserved with faith and prayer that this was meant to be." (Allison Martin)
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Born in Our Hearts : Stories of Adoption
by Filis Casey, Marisa Catalina Casey

"An uplifting and informative collection of stories from the adoptive triad and family, including birthmothers, adoptive parents and grandparents, and adopted children and adults." (Allison Martin)
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Carried Safely Home: The Spiritual Legacy of an Adoptive Family
by Kristin Swick Wong

"A deeply touching first-hand account of the author's two adoptions from Vietnam." (Christina Chronister)
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For Love Of A Child: Stories Of Adoption
by Lisa Meadows Garfield

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The Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption
by Patty Dann

Lithuanian adoption story. "A quiet, rather melancholy story of waiting and longing, well-written and wrenching." (AAI)
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A Treasury of Adoption Miracles : True Stories of God's Presence Today
by Karen Kingsbury

From the publisher: Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury--herself an adoptive mother--offers an inspiring collection of true stories to remind readers that God is present in every adoption.
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Secret Thoughts

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother
by Jana Wolff

"May I suggest a book called "Secret Thoughts of An Adoptive Mother" by Jana Wolff.  I've only read 10 pages and I think it's just great.  It's really nice to see someone so eloquently be able to write on difficult subjects like infertility, home studies, and birth mothers... I highly recommend it." (Myla Stauber)
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Moving Heaven and Earth
By Barbara Birdsey

"Most international adoptions end very happily, but some do not and some leave parents with residual concerns. In effect, this book that describes some of the flaws of adoption education and regulation in the United States, as well as pitfalls that can arise for those adopting internationally." (Allison Martin)
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Peacock or a Crow? A Peacock or a Crow : Stories, Interviews and Commentaries on Romanian Adoptions
By Victor Groza, Daniela Ileana, Ivor Irwin

"Vital reading for those interested in Romanian adoption; it will also be influential for people interested in international adoption. The issues it raises about the impacts of instutionalism and ethics of adoption practices are important to adoption from any country..." (Allison Martin)
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Buy Orphans of the Living at Amazon The seed from the East
by Bertha Holt
"First published in 1956, reprinted several times since. Remarkable memoir by the wife of the man who launched the international adoption movement." (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Greatest Gift : Reflections on International and Domestic Adoption
By Betsy Buckley
"This engaging collection of of adoption stories and personal anecdotes is a friendly introduction to different routes of creating an adoptive family. If you are thinking about adopting, this book will give you the hope and proof that it can be done." (Allison Martin)
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Come to the Window, Life with Daniela - Our child from Romania
Christina Goldstone
I recommend this book to anyone who is considering adopting a child with special needs, as well as families who have or wish to adopt from Romania." (Allison Martin)
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Love in the Driest Season : A Family Memoir
by Neely Tucker
"Moving account of this journalist's and his wife's struggle to save and then adopt an abandoned baby girl in Zimbabwe." (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Day We Met sweet adoption story book for young children Rain Forest Girl: More Than an Adoption Story
by Chalise Miner
"Written by her adoptive mother, this is the true story of a Brazilian girl and her adoption to the United States. Unique because it is told from the child's perspective and shares her experiences with communication difficulties, homesickness, and cultural confusion. Can be a read-aloud for younger children." (AAI)
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Buy Orphans of the Living at Amazon Orphans of the Living : Stories of America's Children in Foster Care
By Jennifer Toth
"Thought provoking, personal stories of five children in foster care in California, North Carolina, and Illinois over the course of several years. Recommended to anyone interested in adoption of older children (especially in the United States), or in adoption/foster care reform." (Allison Martin)
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