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Here are some of our reading suggestions and people to know here at Crystal Adoptions

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Quick reference to what is on this page (in order of placement):

  • Adoption articles
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Authors
  • Suggested International Adoption and Immigration Attorney
  • Suggested source for home study agency for American’s living abroad
  • Cerebral Palsy Guidance Site
  • Information about RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder)

FAMILY & ADOPTION ARTICLES written by our Executive Director, Dee Shihady

Our Favorite Magazines

PARENTING EARLY YEARS MAGAZINE and Website – Focused on the needs of moms with young children ages 0-5, A supportive resource with tips and guidance to help moms make their own choices in raising their kids.

FAMILY FUN MAGAZINE – What does family fun mean to you? Crafts? Recipes? Party Ideas? Travel tips? This magazine dishes up these and more boredom-defying activities in over 180 splashy, colorful pages. Geared toward parents with young children.

ADOPTIVE FAMILIES MAGAZINE – Celebrate the joys of family life with the leading adoption magazine for over 30 years. Each issue is packed with authoritative, practical information on how to adopt and raise healthy, happy children. Adoptive Families has personal stories and experiences to delight, inform and entertain you.

Books for Adults
Children books about Adoption
Adoption Books on Kindle

Check Out These Authors!

Suggested Adoption-Related Reading by the NACAC (National American Council on Adoptable Children)
Publications listed below are available from local or online booksellers (such as or or from the publishers listed with each entry.

  • Alexander, Christopher. 2005. Welcome Home: A Guide for Adoptive, Foster, and Treatment Foster Parents. Denver, CO: Mountain West Publishing.
  • Blomquist, Barbara Taylor. 2009. Insight into Adoption: Uncovering and Understanding the Heart of Adoption. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.
  • Brodzinsky, David. 2008. Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs of Adopted Children. New York: Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.
  • Duxbury, Micky. 2006. Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption. Oxford, UK: Routledge.
  • Forbes, Heather. 2009. Dare to Love: The Art of Merging Science and Love into Parenting Children with Difficult Behaviors. Boulder, CO: Beyond Consequences Institute.
  • Gray, Deborah. 2007. Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma. Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, Inc.
  • Greenwald, Ricky. 2005. Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents. New York: Routledge.
  • Keck, Gregory and Regina Kupecky. 2009. Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids. Colorado Springs: NavPress, Rev Upd edition.
  • Keck, Gregory and Regina Kupecky. 2009. Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow. Colorado Springs: NavPress, Rev Upd edition.
  • Kruger, Pamela and Jill Smolowe, eds. 2005. A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents. New York: Riverhead Hardcover.
  • MacLeod, Jean and Sheena Macrae, eds. 2006. Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections. Warren, NJ: EMK Press.
  • Moore, Tonya. 2006. Black Children, White Parents: Putting the Pieces Together. Omaha, NE: MOMS Connected.
  • O’Hanlon, Timothy. 2007 E-book. A Practical Guide to Adoption Subsidy for Adoptive Families and Advocates. Columbus, OH: Adoption Policy Resource Center.
  • Orlans, Michael and Terry M. Levy. 2006. Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Love and Trust. Arlington, VA: Child Welfare League of America.
  • O’Toole, Elisabeth. 2010. In on It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know about Adoption. Fig Press, LLC.
  • Pavao, Joyce. 2005. The Family of Adoption. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Pertman, Adam. 2011. Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families– and America. Boston: Harvard Common Press, 2nd ed.
  • Prior, Vivien and Danya Glaser. 2006. Understanding Attachment and Attachment Disorders. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Pughe, Billy and Terry Philpot. 2007. Living alongside a Child’s Recovery: Therapeutic Parenting with Traumatized Children. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Riley, Debbie and John Meeks, M.D. 2005. Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens. Burtonsville, MD: The Center for Adoption Support and Education.
  • Schooler, Jayne, Betsy Keefer Smalley, and Timothy Callahan. 2010. Wounded Children, Healing Homes; How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families. Colorado Springs: NavPress.
  • Siegel, Lawrence. 2011. The Complete IEP Guide: How to Adovcate for Your Special Ed Child (7th edition). Berkeley, CA: NOLO.
  • Simon, Rita and Rhonda Roorda. 2007. In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Smith, Susan Livingston and Debbie Riley. 2006. Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to Learn—Promoting Equality and Fairness for all Children and Their Families. New York: Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.
  • Whiteman, Nancy J. and Linda Roan-Yager. 2007. Building a Joyful Life With Your Child Who Has Special Needs. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Whitten, Kathleen. 2008. Labor of the Heart: A Parent’s Guide to Decisions and Emotions in Adoption. M.Evans & Company.

International Adoption and Immigration Issues     American’s abroad – for domestic adoption home study

Keren Sohahong-Kombet, Founding Partner
Sohahong Law Group LLC 
3490 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite 102
Atlanta, GA 30305
Fax:  (404)343-4215


We are a network of licensed social workers and other adoption professionals, living and working in various countries around the world.  We conduct pre- and post-adoption services for American adoptive families living abroad.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Description:  Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.
We cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles.
Our information is provided by expert writers and is thoroughly researched and cited.


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