The Essential Adoptee Trilogy

As the parent of transracially adopted adults, I am thrilled at (and just a a little bit jealous of) the wealth of adoptee expertise available to newer parents today. Oh, if this information and generously-shared information had been available to me as a younger parent! How much I could have learned that I am learning now –not too late to help my kids, but certainly too late to influence my day-to-day parenting.

I want to shout out three books in particular that form, in my opinion, an essential trilogy of adoptee expertise. These voices are powerful, my friends, they are what will, at long long last, give the world a realistic view of adoption. What a treasure to be able to turn now to the adoptee community for knowledge and guidance!

Get these books, read them and keep them handy in your library. Let them remind you, as they do me, that adoption is about adoptees above all.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to these wonderful books and helped to make them a reality!

Parenting as Adoptees

Editors: Adam Chau, Kevin Haebom Vollmers

Authors: Bert Ballard, Susan Branco Alvarado, Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Lorial Crowder, Shannon Gibney, Astrid Dabbeni, Mark Hagland, Hei Kyong Kim, JaeRan Kim, Jennifer Lauck, Mary Mason, Robert O'Connor, John Raible, Sandy White Hawk

Lost Daughters: Writing from a Place of Empowerment and Peace

Editors: Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Julie Stromberg, Karen Pickell, Jennifer Anastasi

Authors: Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Carlynne Hershberger, Cathy Heslin, Christina, Deanna Doss Shrodes, Elaine Penn, Elle, Jennifer Anastasi, Joy Lieberthal Rho, Julie Stromberg, Karen Brown Belanger, Karen Pickell, Laura Dennis, Liberty Ferda, Lynn Grubb, Mei-Ling, Michelle Lahti, Mila C. Konomos, Nikki Mairs-Cayer Pike, Rebecca Hawkes, Rosita Gonzalez, Samantha Franklin, Susan Perry, Trace A. DeMeyer, Von

Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age, An Anthology

Editor: Laura Dennis

Authors: JoAnne Bennett, Addison Cooper, Laura Dennis, Deanna Doss Shrodes, Daniel Drennan, Becky Drinnen, Samantha Franklin, Lynn Grubb, Rebecca Hawkes, Richard Hill, Lori Holden, Mila Konomos, Rhonda Noonan, Jeanne Nott, Corie Skolnick, Amanda H. L. Transue-Woolston, Gaye Vale, Jessie Wagoner Voiers

If I have missed anyone’s name in the lists of editors and contributors, please let me know and I will add you right away.


This is, indeed, a wonderful collection of insights and wisdom, especially for adoptive parents. I'm glad I'm raising my kids at a time when I can take advantage of such resources -- including you, Margie.
Thanks, Lori, you are right, there's a wealth of great information available by and for adoptees, first parents and adoptive parents now. And thanks for the kind words!

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