Spence-Chapin offers various programs, events and services that support adoptees to build community, navigate adoption-related issues such as identity and get resources to thrive in their lives.
Talking about adoption with your family can be difficult. Where do you even begin the conversation? Sometimes reading about other people’s experiences can make it easier to talk about your own. These books explore adoption, race identity, foster care, and the feelings from love to loneliness to everything in-between. They’re perfect to read as your family begins to talk about their own story.
Children Ages 0 – 5
We Belong Together, Todd Parr
A Mother for Choco, Keiko Kasza
Welcome Home Little Baby, Lisa Harper
Brown Like Me, Noelle Lamperti
Children Ages 6 – 11
Pancakes with Chocolate Syrup, Rebekah Barlow Rounce
Heaven, Angela Johnson
The Wanderer, Sharon Creech
Children Ages 12 – 18
Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Returnable Girl, Pamela Lowell
Pieces of Me, Edited by Bert Ballard
Photo Album or Early Lifebook
Create a small photo album
Don’t use original photos or irreplaceable items (if making a scrapbook)
Start the book with the start of the child’s life, not the start of their life with you
Leave blank pages as space holders where you have no information
Expand the book or create new books as child hits important life milestones
Spence-Chapin offers many post-adoption support services and community programs such as counseling, parent coaching, Lifebook workshops and more. Contact us at 646-539-2167 or email@example.com to learn more.