Helpful Adoption Resources…

 

 

“…God is graciously involved in our adoptions.  He has done it Himself.  He knows what it costs. And He stands ready to support us all the way to the end.”  ~John Piper

 

If you missed the first two posts of this series, you may want to go back and read about– our adoption story and the most important question you can ask about adoption.  But today I’d like to share with you some of the adoption related resources that were helpful for our family.

 

 

Books That We Appreciate:
Adopted for Life by Russell Moore

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knewby Sherrie Eldridge

Reclaiming Adoptionby Cruver, Piper, Smith, Phillips, and Kovacs

Radicalby David Platt

Kisses from Katieby Katie J. Davis

The Whole Life AdoptionJayne Schooler (not from a Christian perspective necessarily, but required reading for most agencies)

Inside Transracial Adoption– by Gail Steinberg (not from a Christian perspective, but raises many good questions and issues that need to be addressed and prayerfully considered.  This book is required reading for many agencies as well).

Dear Birthmotherby Kathleen Silber (not from a Christian perspective, but this book opened my heart to the feelings of a birthmother and encouraged me to pray for our daughters’ birthmothers).

 

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

 Adoption Books for Children:
God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren (my favorite book for children)

A Blessing From Aboveby Patty Henderson

Forever Fingerprints– by Sherrie Eldridge

Mommy’s Heart Went POP!– by Kristina Kyllonen (a special friend who lives in Rwanda sent me this one and it’s beautiful)

A Mother for Chocoby Keiko Kasza

My Family, My Journeyby Zoe Francesca (a baby book for adoptive families)

 

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” ~Matthew 18:5

 

Adoption Related Articles That Are Encouraging and Convicting:
Adoption:  The Heart of the Gospelby John Piper

Adopted for Life, Ten Years Laterby Russell Moore

Security Counselby Andree Seu Peterson (on taking risks…this article moved us to take the first steps towards adoption)

Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Gloryby John Piper

The Risk of Transracial Adoption by Justin Taylor

Is the Orphan My Neighborby Russell Moore

Don’t Adoptby Russell Moore

Abba Father and Hearing the Orphans Cry“– by Dan Cruver

Do I Have What It Takes to Raise an African Child?– by Trillia Newbell

6 Part Adoption Seriesfrom Focus on the Family

 

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families…”  ~Psalm 68:5-6a

 

Adoption Agencies and Organizations We Love:
Together for Adoption–  “provides gospel-centered resources to mobilize the church toward orphan care”

Christian Alliance for Orphans– unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and churches (organizers of Orphan Sunday)

All God’s Children Internationaladoption agency for both domestic and international adoptions

Bethany Christian Services–  adoption agency for both domestic and international adoptions

Holt Internationaladoption agency for both domestic and international adoptions

Christian Family Adoptionsadoption agency for both domestic and international adoptions (our agency) 

Show Hopea movement to care for orphans (established as Shaohannah’s Hope, by Steven Curtis Chapman)

I Care About Orphansa ministry of Focus on the Family

Forever Familiessupport community and resources for adoptive and foster families

 

“The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty.” ~Oswald Chambers

 

The Financial Side of Things:
How Can I Afford Adoption?article by Justin Taylor

The ABBA Fund helps with financial assistance

Show Hopeadoption aid and adoption grants

Ways to Fund Your Adoption– a list of suggestions compiled by Christian Family Adoptions

 

 “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of  our God and Father, to visit orphans…in their distress.” ~James 1:27

 

Other Adoption Related Resources:
Orphans and Adoptionaudio by Voddie Bauchman and Russell Moore

But Are They Brothers?  The Spirit of Adoption and Unity of the Church?audio by Russell Moore

Waiting ChildrenNorthwest Adoption Exchange (this was the page that first drew my heart to adoption)

Positive Adoption Languagea must read for all, from Holt International

10 Days of Adoption Series a very practical, helpful series by Jamie @See Jamie Blog (addresses many common questions and misconceptions about adoption) 

The Law Offices of Scott Adamsthe lawyer who finalized both of our adoptions. He can take care of the legal aspects of adoption for anyone who has a connection to the state of Oregon or Washington.   But he really did MUCH more than that for our family… on the day of our 4th daughter’s death, he pushed her finalization through the courts and delivered her adoption certificate up to the hospital about an hour before she died. It was just an incredible gift given to us from God, through the efforts of Scott. We are so thankful for him!

 

 “Shall we not take the adventure that Aslan hands us.”  ~C.S. Lewis

 

 What other adoption resources have you found helpful?  I’d love to add them to the list…


Make sure you don’t miss the other posts from this series:

And Then He Told Me That I’m Adopted (our adoption stories)
The Most Important Question You Can Ask About Adoption
Living Out-of-Control (and how adoption helped us Let. It. Go.)
Seven Reasons That We Love Adoption (and why I think of it every Day-Before-Thanksgiving

 

 

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  1. Michelle R. Rogers says:

    Thank you for sharing all these resources! Empoweredtoconnect.org and child.tcu.edu are both invaluable resources for adoption parenting and attachment.

  2. I am struck by the completeness of these lists! You really hit it from all angles. These sound like great resources, Kara. I recognize Bethany…my parents wanted to be foster parents when I was growing up and ended up doing respite care. XO

  3. Wow. I’ve only heard of three of those books and have only read two. I’d also recommend The Connected Child which is the inspiration for Empowered to Connect mentioned below. Any of Michelle Gardner’s books are also good. The Connected Child is my favourite, though.

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