Welcoming a New
Brother or Sister through Adoption:
From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families




Arleta James


ABC of Ohio

ABC of Ohio

Jessica Kingsley Publishing




Talking with Kids About Adoption and Trauma           


Connecting with Kids through Stories: Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachment in Adopted Children, by Denise Lacher, Todd Nicholas and Joanne May. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012.

Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up,by Susan Gabel. St. Paul: Perspectives Press/Koryo Company, 1988.

 Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child Updated and Revised, by Beth O’Malley. Winthrop, Massachusettes: Adoption Works Press, 2011.

Talking about Adoption to Your Adopted Child, Marjorie Morrison. London: British Association for Adoption and Fostering, 2007.

Talking with Young Children about Adoption, by Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past, by Jayne E. Schooler and Betsy E. Keefer. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers, 2000.


Adoptive Families
Adoptive Families magazine is a national award winning adoption magazine providing information for families before, during and after adoption. The Adoptive Families website offers a wealth of adoption related articles! A click of the “talking about adoption” button displays titles such as, How to talk to your three-to-five year old about adoption, How to talk to your six-to-eight-year old about adoption, Talking Tips, Explaining Adoption to Classmates, When Kids Deny Their Adoption, 6 Questions Every Adopted Teen Wants Answered and many more articles to help parents converse with their sons and daughters about their unique adoption story. There are also ample articles that offer tips about how to respond to intrusive questions and comments, prejudice and discrimination, and to help classmates understand adoption.

Channing Bete Company
This company produces booklets and workbooks for parents to use with children of all ages. Topics range from abuse, neglect, mental health disorders, dating, peer relationships, feelings, prejudice, discrimination, life skills and etc. Their resources are a great way to discuss an array of difficult issues with children.

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