Adopted & Adored | 0-4 years | Closed, foster | Hardback

This book is for young adopted children who have been in foster care and have no contact with their birth parents.

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This is not just another story for talking about adoption – it is your family’s story.

You can edit all of the text so this book really is your child’s story. Look out for the highlighted text - make sure to change it so it reflects the names your child calls you. You add photos of you, your child and all the other important people in their life.

The purpose of this book is to support parents in talking to children about their adoption. It could help to explain their adoption for the first time or to facilitate a greater understanding about their adoption.

This book was written with the help of Susan Romer. Susan has been an adoption attorney for 25 years and is a recipient of the US Congressional “Angel in Adoption” award. As a lawyer she was known not only for her legal skills but also for her keen understanding of the emotional issues and pressures in an adoption.

$55.00 (USD)

An introduction by Susan Romer

Today, most children placed for adoption know they were adopted. From World War II and into the late 1970s many families kept their child’s adoption secret. Things changed in the 80s with people becoming more open about adoption.

Research has shown that adoptees do better when they know as much as possible about their adoption. Children grow up knowing that they have a Mom that gave birth to them - their birth Mom (or tummy Mom), and a Mom and Dad / two Moms / two Dads / a Mom / a Dad that raises them. 

Openness is helpful for the adoptee. Many children think that they did something wrong that led to their placement, for example, that they were an ugly baby, or cried too much. Parents can correct their erroneous thinking.

Start telling your child their adoption story as soon as they are with you. You may feel awkward at first. Just practice so you gain confidence in the telling.

This book aims to encourage openness. Advice is, don’t wait for your child to ask questions. It’s very common for children not to ask questions, particularly about their birth parents. This can be because they don’t know to ask, or what to ask about, or because they don’t want to hurt their parents’ feelings. Each time you read this book with your child encourage them to ask you questions.