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Educating Adoptive Families With a New Lending Library

April 23, 2023

We are excited to let you know the Community Service Council of Anderson a recently provided a grant to the Miriam Project in order to help us provide education for our adoptive families.  We believe that education is one of the best tools for an adoptive family and we encourage the continuation of education during a family’s adoption journey. The funds from this grant have allowed Miriam Project to purchase books covering various topics of adoption which we will provide for our adoptive families in the form of a lending library. We have purchased six titles covering topics such as building a healthy adoptive family, multiracial adoption, things adopted children wish their adoptive parents knew, attachment in adoption, and various topics related to open adoption. The books we have available in our lending library are:

Dear Birthmother
By: Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin

Dear Birthmother discusses four myths of adoption as well as open adoption and it examines the perspectives of both adoptive and birth families.  This open adoption guide includes actual letters between adoptive parents and birth parents, as well as letters between birth parents and their children.


Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents
By: Deborah D. Gray

Attaching in Adoption is geared toward current and prospective adoptive parents as a means to help them provide care and promote healthy attachment with their adopted child.  The book describes what attachment is and how to improve it while looking at the potential effects grief and trauma may have on attachment.


Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
By: Sherrie Eldridge

Twenty Things begins by looking at adoption through the eyes of a child and proceeds into the twenty things an adoptive child would want their parents to know.  The content of this book comes from the insights of children, parents, and experts and it is written by a woman who was adopted herself. The book “gives voice to children’s unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame.”


Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?  A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children
By: Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? “outlines for parents how, exactly, to deflect the objectifying attention multiracial children receive.” This book covers how to talk to your child by age and how to respond when confusing or hurtful comments are made.  “Drawing on psychological research and input from over sixty multiracial families, Does Anybody Else look Like Me? addresses your questions and concerns and provides invaluable parenting tools.”


The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building A Healthy Adoptive Family
By: Jayne E. Schooler and Thomas C. Atwood

The Whole Life Adoption Book serves as a resource for adoptive families as they navigate the questions and challenges raised during adoption.  This book describes the adoption process and it prepares the whole family for adoption by outlining strategies for the transition, providing communication strategies, and helping children understand and process their adoptive story as they grow.

Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption
By: James L. Gritter

Lifegivers “examines all the ways in which birthparents are marginalized” and fights for the case that “adopted children are best served when birthparents and adoptive parents work together to ensure that the birthparents remain a part of their children’s lives.”

Stay tuned for a more in-depth review of Lifegivers. If you would like to read and review one of these books for our blog, contact us and let us know.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Judith Land permalink
    April 23, 2023 4:41 pm

    I am glad to see your post. Public libraries are a great achievement of American society and an essential part of having an educated and literate population. There is a strong correlation between reading proficiency and academic success at all ages. The individual who doesn’t read has no advantage over those who can’t.


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