7 Best Adoption Book Ideas for Parents

When I first had the inkling to adopt, one of the first things I did was scour the internet for adoption book ideas. I wanted to read alllllllll the adoption stories I could.

Reading adoption books confirmed in my head what my heart already knew, we were meant to adopt. I get asked all the time what books we read and would recommend to others looking to adopt so I have rounded up some of our favorites including children’s books so you can get reading too.

7 Best Adoption Book Ideas for Prospective & Adoptive Parents

Honestly Adoption: Answers to 101 Questions About Adoption and Foster Care

Authors Mike & Kristin Berry are considered experts in the field of adoption. Not only have they adopted themselves, they have made it their life’s work to support and encourage other adoptive families along the way. They also have a podcast I would recommend, The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Get the Honestly Adoption book here.

Mike Berry also wrote the book Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption. Get that book here.

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family

Karen Purvis is a leader and expert in helping families bond and overcome trauma. Most adoption agencies require reading this book as part of the adoption process. I would also recommend re-reading it once your child is home. It brought a lot of understanding after Quincy was home. Get The Connected Child here.

They also have a new book out called The Connected Parent, that I have not read but it’s on my list.

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches 

My husband and I listened to this book in the car. At times, it got a little theologically heavy for me but I love that it’s written from a father’s perspective which really spoke to my husband’s heart especially since his biggest concern was finances and the author talks about that as well. Get Adopted for Life here.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

The author is an adoptee and gives voice to adopted children’s feeling and thoughts. I love that it comes from adoption from a different perspective. a good read whether considering adoption or already have adopted.

Get Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew here.

Bringing Lucy Home: A Story of Hope, Heartache, and Happiness

This was the book that had me in tears on the plane. Bringing Home Lucy details the Phillip’s family adoption story. The Phillips’ family journey was not without complication but will prick your heart for adoption. Get the book here.

Author of Bringing Home Lucy, Jennifer Phillips, also wrote a 30 day devotional for adoptive parents. This would make a great gift for an adoptive family. Get that devotional here.

Rescuing Ruby

Author Linny Lee Saunders recounts the incredible adoption story of her daughter Ruby. It will break your heart for the millions of orphans around the world and the incredible odds that are stacked against them and what they must endure. Ruby’s story left a mark on my heart. You cannot read it and walk away unchanged. Get the book here.

Grace for the Journey: A One-Year Devotional for Adoptive Moms

This book was gifted to me while we waited to bring Quincy home and I loved reading the stories of many adoptive moms that were compiled into this devotional. Since the adoption journey can be long, it’s nice that this is a year long devotional to keep you company in the wait. I highly recommend this as a gift to your adoptive momma friends. Get the book here.

Looking For Adoption Book Ideas for Kids?

When it comes to adoption kid’s books, I always recommend previewing the book first before gifting it to an adoptive family. Since, there are so many nuances when it comes to adoption, not all adoption books fit every situation. For example, we didn’t receive our son at birth like many domestic adoptions so some of the books don’t quite describe our situation. You can check out this article with 25 of the best adoption books for kids.

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Just Remember…

According to UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), there are roughly 153 million orphans worldwide . Every day, an estimated 5,700 more children become orphans. Children are often relinquished due to war, natural disaster, poverty, disease, stigma, and medical needs. (Source)

If adoption is on your heart, start by reading about it, talking with your spouse and then praying about it. From there, you can ask around for an adoption agency and get some more information. Adoption is not always easy but it’s blessed our family beyond measure and I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Email me at erin@simplepurposefulliving.com or find me on Instagram here.

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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