Placing a baby for adoption is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. No matter where you are in the adoption process, you may benefit from reading books about adoption that teach birthparents about the process, help them through the emotional roller coaster of placing a baby for adoption and learn about other birthparents’ experiences.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best books about adoption for birth moms. Find out which book you should read next!
Check Out These Helpful Books About Adoption for Birth Moms!
1. The Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption
At the top of our list of books about adoption is The Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption by Leslie Foge and Gail Mosconi. The Third Choice is a comprehensive guidebook that answers common questions birthmothers have about adoption, including what the exact process is for placing a baby for adoption. This book provides comfort and support to birth moms everywhere!
2. Pregnant? Adoption is an Option: Adoption from the Birthparent’s Perspective
Pregnant? Adoption is an Option: Adoption from the Birthparent’s Perspective by Jeanne Warren Lindsay is a close look into the option of adoption. Lindsay takes a realistic look at adoption’s effects on the birth parents and the child alike. She shows the importance of learning as much as you can about the adoption process and creating a clear action plan. Through the perspective of a fellow birthmother, you learn more about adoption and whether it’s right for you.
3. Saying Goodbye to a Baby: The Birthparent's Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption
Saying Goodbye to a Baby: The Birthparent's Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption by Patricia Roles deals with the birthparent's grief. It's common for birthparents to feel grief after placing her baby for adoption. This book walks through the adoption decision and living with the decision. In addition, the book covers the relationship with the adoptive parents, feelings of guilt and anger, and when to get counseling. Overall, no matter where you are in the adoption process, this book will help you work through feelings of loss and grief.
4. Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption
Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption by Dr. Marlou Russell looks at the perspective and insight of adoptive parents, birth parents, and the adopted children. All in all, this book about adoption helps people learn about the lifelong impact of adoption for everyone involved. As a birth mom, it may be helpful to read about how your baby and his/her adoptive parents will be affected too. That way, you feel comfortable making the decision to adopt.
5. Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby
Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby by Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin is a complete adoption guide. The guide includes actual letters between adoptive parents and birth parents and between birthparents and children. The Child Welfare League of America encourages all birth parents to read this book.
Talk to a Professional
We know placing a baby for adoption is a big decision to make. If you haven’t made a decision yet, it’s important to learn about your options, choose a type of adoption if that is what you choose to do, and learn how to get started. Additionally, you will need to choose an adoption agency to help you through the process. What adoption agency should you choose?
Texas Adoption Agency is a nonprofit adoption agency that provides birthmothers emotional and financial support, housing and transportation assistance, as well as medical care and health insurance. Along with these services, Texas Adoption Center is devoted to taking the time to answer your questions about the process and help you decide what the best option for you is.
Overall, your happiness and well-being is their number one concern. Their modern, down-to-earth approach will provide you support not only now, but for the rest of your life! To learn more about how Texas Adoption Center can help you, contact them at (844) 893-7943.