Do Your Homework!

Adopting a teen from the child welfare system is a huge (and rewarding!) journey. As you think and talk about this next stage of family life, you may want to explore resources that will answer questions and help you prepare.

Books:                                                                                                                                       

  • To the End of June, Beam (2013)
  • Reclaiming Youth at Risk, Brendtro, et al (1990)
  • Love Me, Feed Me, Rowell (2012)
  • Connecting with Kids through Stories, Lacher, et al (2005)
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, MacIntosh
  • Why do they act that way?, Walsh (2004)
  • Born for Love, Szalavitz & Perry  (2010)
  • On Their Own, Shirk & Strangler  (2004)
  • Parenting Adopted Adolescent, Keck
  • Three Little Words, Rhodes-Courter (2008)
  • Orphans of the Living, Toth (1997)
  • Ellen Foster, Gibbons (1987)
  • Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, Forbes & Post (2009)

Podcasts:

Note, we don’t necessarily agree with everything that is presented on the podcasts, but we really hope that people will immerse themselves in thinking about the various key issues.

  • Creating a Family
  • The Honestly Adoption Podcast
  • The We Turned Out Okay Podcast
  • Adoption Now
  • Mixed Bag: Culture, Adoption, and the Transracial Family

Information regarding Adoption in Minnesota:

Websites:

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