Adoption Education and Training
, Book Review
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 Adoption Services
New York Based
85 Waiting Children
4 Adoption Programs
410 East 92nd Street New York
Spence-Chapin brings over 100 years of experience to providing adoption and adoption-related services of the highest quality. Our mission is driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family. We have placed over 20,000 children in loving, permanent families since 1908.
We have domestic and international adoption programs in the United States, Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa. We are thrilled to be one of only two American agencies approved for adoption by the South African Central Authority. We have offices located in New York and New Jersey and easily work with adoptive parents living across the United States.
We work with all types of families: married couples, unmarried couples, LGBTQ parents, single women and single men, families who are already parenting, families who are transitioning out of fertility treatments, and families of all ages, income levels, ethnicities, and religions.
Spence-Chapin focuses on educating families about who the kids in need of adoption are and preparing families to meet their needs. We guide parents with lifelong support and education through our Modern Family Center, and advocate for all types of families who want to become parents. We will share with you what we know about adoption and how you as parents can best support your child through their lifelong journey of understanding his or her unique story.