The Adoption Resource Library contains recomended books and articles by adoption professionals, birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children, who share their unique insights.
Adoption Without Fear
James L. Gritter
James Gritter, a social worker who was a pioneer in the transition from closed to open adoptions, gathers the stories of seventeen couples who tell of their experience with open adoption, ranging from occasional contact, to sharing the birth experience, and their lives beyond. While each relationship has its unique qualities there are also many common threads in these emotion-filled and often complex family stories. Published 20 years ago , this book still has relevance for families today.
Out of the Shadows: Birthfathers' Stories
Mary Martin Mason
Based on in-depth interviews, this book profiles a diverse group of men "who have fathered a child whom they are not parenting" including, but not only, through adoption. Common issues emerge in their often painful stories: grief, regret and shame, damage to self-esteem and subsequent relationships, and lasting feelings for the child. Besides the emotional cost to the birthfather, Mason also examines the impact of shutting out birthfathers on adoptive parents and children.
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Adoption ProgramsFOR OVER 100 YEARS, SPENCE-CHAPIN HAS BEEN committed to the idea that all children deserve a permanent home. In that time, we have placed over 20,000 children with loving families.
The adoption landscape is changing. The pool of children in greatest need of adoption has shifted. The barriers between children and parents must be removed. That's why we focus solely on finding permanent homes for older children, siblings, and children with special needs. It's why we have lowered the financial barriers to adoption, no longer charging a professional services fee for families who can consider opening up their lives and their hearts to this very special population. And it's why we will continue to guide families with lifelong support and education through our Modern Family Center.
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