Suggested books about adoption 

We know the decision to choose adoption doesn’t come easy. As much as The Cradle supports all your choices, sometimes it helps to learn from others who know firsthand what you’re experiencing.

Below are some books we think may be helpful as you face some of the hardest decisions of your life.

The Third Choice
by Leslie Foge and Gail Mosconi
This book explores the many decisions that need to be made when considering adoption as well as the emotional ups and downs along the way. The book covers a lot of ground with a down-to-earth attitude. Topics include: what to expert during pregnancy; what emotions to expect with adoption; what is open adoption; what to look for in adoptive parents; and the legal aspects of adoption.

Creative Arts Book Company, Copyright 2004

Given in Love
by Maureen Connelly
The mother who chooses adoption for her child is not usually recognized as a grieving mother. People assume that you do not feel sad or have a sense of loss. This book has been warmly written to help you prepare for the separation and loss of your child, and to support you during the grief you may experience.

Centering Corporation, copyright 1990

Saying Goodbye to Baby
by Patricia Roles
Written by a birthmother, this book explores the loss and grief that is unique to the birthparent experience. The book discusses the feelings women may experience from first discovering their pregnancy through placement and teaches women how to share their experience with important people in their life.

Child Welfare League of America, copyright 1989

The Open Adoption Experience
by Lois Ruskai Melina and Sharan Kaplan Roszia
Two leading experts provide an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoption and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship. It covers initial preparation to placement as well as what to expect year one through adolescence.

HarperCollins, copyright 1993

Out of the Shadows: Birthfather Stories

by Mary Martin Mason
Through powerful stories and photos, this book examines the invisible population of birthfathers: men who become fathers, but who may never get to hear their children call them "Daddy."

OJ Howard Publishing, copyright 1995