Back to China for three adoptees, giving back at Alenah’s Home in Beijing


Welcome to the adoption resource page! From here, you can find a variety of resources to meet your needs.  We are grateful to many sources for this information.  We would welcome your suggestions to add what has been helpful to you.  Also please contact us on subjects of your interest that are not covered.


Join us as we go live from Children’s Hope International as we officially launch the new short documentary, BACK TO CHINA. It features a local St. Louis girl, adopted from China, as she goes back for the first time in 19 years on a journey of self-discovery to help out at a foster home for mentally and physically disabled children in Beijing. Following the live event, please click the link below to watch the documentary, BACK TO CHINA. Please like and share with friends!


  • Association for Treatment & Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh):
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah Gray
  • Becoming Attached by Robert Karen
  • Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Life in Deeply Troubled Children by Daniel Hughes
  • Attachment Issues and Reactive Attachment Disorder

Adopt Shoppe:

  • Heart and Seoul:




  • A is for Adopted by Eileen Tucker Cosby
  • Adoption is for Always by Linda Walvoord Girard
  • Adoption Stories for Young Children by Randall B. Hicks
  • All Kinds of Children by Norma Simon
  • Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo by Cindy R. Lee
  • Beginnings: How Families Come to Be by Virginia Kroll (Ages 4-8)
  • A Blessing from Above by Patti Henderson
  • The Coffee Can Kid by Jan M. Czech
  • The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler
  • Doggie Doesn’t Know “No!” by Cindy R. Lee
  • Emma’s Yucky Brother (I Can Read Book 3) by Jean Little and Jennifer Plecas
  • Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights by Julie Nelson
  • Family Day: Celebrating Ethan’s Adoption Anniversary by Christine Mitchell
  • God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren (Ages 4-8)
  • Happy Adoption Day! By John McCutcheon (Ages 2-6)
  • Horace by Holly Keller (Ages 2-8)
  • I Don’t Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze (Ages 2-5)
  • I Wished for You by Marianne Richmond
  • If It Hadn’t Been For Yoon Jun by Marie G. Lee (Ages 9-12)
  • It’s OK to Be Different by Todd Parr
  • It’s Tough to Be Gentle by Cindy R. Lee
  • Let’s Talk About It: Adoption (Mr. Rogers) by Fred Rogers (Ages 4-8)
  • Little Miss Spider by David Kirk (Ages 1-6)
  • Lucy’s Family Tree by Karen Halvorsen Schreck (Ages 6-12)
  • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza (Ages 2-8)
  • The Mulberry Bird by Ann Brodznisky (Ages 4-12)
  • Murphy’s Three Homes (A Story for Children in Foster Care) by Jan Levinson Gilman
  • My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You by Kevin Leman
  • My Special Family: A Children’s Book About Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber and Debra Marks Parelskin
  • A New Barker in the House by Tomie dePaola
  • Over the Moon by Karen Katz
  • The Penguin and the Fine-Looking Fish by Cindy R. Lee
  • Rosie’s Family by Lori Rosove
  • Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption by Mary Petertyl (Ages 2-6)
  • Shaoey and Dot: Bug Meets Bundle by Mary Beth and Stephen Curtis Chapman
  • The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
  • The Star (A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care) by Cynthia Miller Lovell
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Turner (Ages 2-8)
  • Twice Upon a Time: Born and Adopted by Eleanora Patterson
  • We See the Moon by Carrie A. Kitze
  • We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbie Jane Kates
  • When You Were Born in China by Sara Dorow (Ages 6+)
  • When You Were Born in Korea by Brian Boyd (Ages 6+)
  • When You Were Born in Vietnam by Therese Bartlett (Ages 6+)
  • The Whole Me by Ellen K. Baron
  • W.I.S.E. Up Powerbook by Marilyn Schoettle (Ages 6-12)
  • Why Was I Adopted? by Carole Livingston (Ages 6+)




Adoption Medicine Clinic
Director Judith Eckerle, MD
717 Delaware St SE
Mpls MN 55414



  • Adoption Medicine: Caring for Children and Families by American Academy of Pediatrics, edited by Patrick W. Mason, Dana E. Johnson and Lisa Albers Prock
  • The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine: A Guide for Physicians, Parents, and Providers by Laurie Miller
  • Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating by Katja Rowell, MD
  • Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles by Katja Rowell, MD




  • Adopting the Older Child by Claudia L Jewett
  • No More Here and There: Adopting the Older Child by Ann Carney
  • Older Child Adoption by Grace Robinson
  • Our Own: Adopting and Parenting an Older Child by Trish Maskew
  • Parenting Your Older Child by Brenda McCreight


  • Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae
  • Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors by Heather T. Forbes and B. Bryan Post
  • Brothers and Sisters in Adoption by Arleta James
  • A Child’s Journey Through Placement by Vera Fahlberg
  • The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis and David Cross (highly recommended)
  • Launching a Baby’s Adoption by Patricia Irwin Johnston
  • Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding and Appreciating Their Journey by Gregory C. Keck
  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky
  • Parenting Your Adopted Child by Andrew Adesman
  • Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child by Patty Cogen
  • Raising Adopted Children by Lois Melina
  • Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child by Holly Van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb
  • Shared Fate: A Theory and Method of Adoptive Relationships by H. David Kirk
  • The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jane E. Schooler
  • Emerge Family Connections


  • Caring for Your Baby and Young Child by American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky A. Bailey
  • The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary D. Chapman and Ross Campbell
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
  • I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey
  • Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel
  • Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson (series)
  • The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


  • Beyond Culture Camp: Promoting Healthy Identity Formation in Adoption- Adoption Learning Partners webinar
  • Black Baby, White Hands: A View From the Crib by Jaiya John
  • Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families by Myra Alperson
  • Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multicultural Children by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Finding My Voice by Marie G. Lee
  • Gift Children: A Story of Race, Family and Adoption in Divided America by J. Douglas Bates
  • I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race Conscious World by Marguerite Wright
  • In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita J. Simon & Rhonda M. Roorda
  • In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees by Rita Simon and Rhonda Roorda
  • In Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experience Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters by Rita Simon and Rhonda Roorda
  • Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall
  • The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America and the Search for a Missing Past by Karin Evans
  • Loving Across the Line: A White Adoptive Mother Learns About Race by Sharon Rush
  • Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin
  • Transracial Adoption: Children and Parents Speak by Constance Pohl and Kathy Harris
  • Transracial Adoption and Foster Care by Joseph Crumbley
  • Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption by Barbara Katz Rothman
  • Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu



  • Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Rita Laws
  • Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky
  • After the Tears: Parents Talk About Raising a Child with a Disability by Robin Simons
  • The Child With Special Needs by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder
  • Nobody’s Perfect: Living and Growing with Children Who Have Special Needs by Nancy Miller and J.C. Dieterle
  • Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability by Stephanie Hubach
  • With Eyes Wide Open: A Workbook for Parents Adopting International Children Over Age One by Margi Miller
  • You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities by Stanley D. Klein and Kim Schive
  • Castaway Kid:  Rob Mitchell.
    Rob Mitchell is one of the last “lifers” raised in an American orphanage. Left by a dysfunctional family in an Illinois children’s home, he grew up with kids who were not friends but rather “co-survivors.” After becoming a Christian as a teenager, Rob found what he was looking for, home and family, in a relationship with God. Rob was able to overcome his past, forgiving his relatives and forging healthy family relationships of his own.
  • Castaway Kid


The books are available through Amazon.  By clicking on the picture for your order, a portion of your purchase will go to help someone like this little guy or someone like him in this mission of giving homes, health and hope to the special (un)adopted children in need.