There are many issues that you will face in these first days, weeks and months after bringing your child home. There are other issues you will face later in the parenting journey. Please know that you can discuss any concerns or difficulties with your social worker, and we have also listed some books, websites and articles you can go to for additional information.
Books Lifeline recommends:

The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Sunshine
Adoption Parenting by MacLeod and Macrae
Parenting the Hurt Child by Gregory C Keck and Regina Kupecky
Parenting the Adopted Adolescents: Understanding and Appreciating Their Journeys by Gregory C Keck
Orphanology by Merida, Morton and Platt

You can also find other book resources on our website:


Please feel free to contact the Lifeline Post Adoption department with specific concerns or topics about which you would like more information. You can reach Ashley Yeager or Angie Blackwell at our main Lifeline number at 205-967-0811.

Our Favorite Articles from Adoptive Families Magazine:


Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda- Parent’s Stories

When Adoptive Parents Adopt out of Birth Order, Lois Melina

Into the Safety of our Hearts, an article on attachment by Karyn Purvis and David Cross

What We Wish We Had Known, an article on older child adoption by Judy and Sara Myerson

Adopting an Older Child by Carrie Howard

From Only to Oldest by Eliza Castaneda

Writing Through the Wait by Lee Tobin McClain

A Quilt for my Daughter, by Ellen Kahaner

Celebrating the Holidays While Waiting for Your Child – Parents’ Stories

The Top 10 Secrets of Successful Adoption Travel-Parent’s Tips

An Adoption Trip to Remember- Parent’s Stories

Medical Preparations for Adoption Travel by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

Family Night by Lois Melina

When One Parent is Rejected by Mary Hopkins-Best

Do I Love Him Yet? By Melissa Fay Greene

Hair Rules!, an article on hair care by Joanna Yeung

Forging Bonds with Immigrant Families by Shelley Page

Small-Town Life: The Hunt for Diversity by Michele St. Martin

6 Questions to Ponder Before Making a Homeland Trip by Carrie Kitze

Going Back – Parent’s Stories

Becoming an Advocate at School by Jean Sommerville