Updated: Apr 21, 2021
There are a ton of reading resources out there for adoptive parents. Below I’ve listed several of what I think are among the best. We adoptive parents can never have enough “tools in our parenting toolbox!” I hope you find these helpful:
[The Connected Child , by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. Drs. Purvis and Cross are Founders of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. This excellent and practical resource is the outgrowth of their highly-successful Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) approach to parenting children who have experienced trauma.
[The Connected Parent, by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls. Another excellent and practical resource, it is the follow-up resource to The Connected Child.
[From Fear to Love: Parenting Difficult Adopted Children, by Dr. B. Bryan Post. An adoptee himself, Post has an intimate understanding of the struggles experienced by adopted children. The author is also Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has written this very readable and practical resource for parents who have adopted children with major behavioral challenges.
[Are Those Kids Yours?, by Cheri Register. Although it was written nearly thirty years ago, this book still is a relevant resource for parents who have adopted internationally. The author, who adopted two children from Korea, uses numerous personal experiences, as well as insights from many other intercountry adoptees, to provide practical approaches to parenting a child from another culture.
[The Out-of-Sync Child, by Carol Stock Kranowitz. This book is regarded by many child-behavioral professionals as the best resource for parents who have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. It is a reader-friendly resource that does a great job at breaking down and explaining the often confusing origins of the various types of Sensory Processing Disorders.