Web Sites for those is Crisis
TroubledWith: Immediate Help, Long Term Hope a great resource providing concise, non judgemental help with troubling issues faced by individuals and families. This site covers topics such as abuse and addictions, love and sex, life pressures, parenting, and crisis pregnancies.
www.standupgirl.com A place where girls share the truth about their unexpected pregnancies
Birthmother Web Sites
Insight Open Adoption Resources and Support his site is hosted by Brenda Romanchik, a birthmom and advocate for open adoption and offers articles and information for those involved in open adoption.
http://www.fm-magazine.com The ONLY Magazine for Firstmothers BY Firstmothers!
General Adoption Web Sites
www.openadoption.org committed to providing and encouraging the provision of adoption services of the highest quality
http://www.davethomasfoundation.org Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's was an advocate for adoption, especially adoption of older children in the foster care system.
http://naic.acf.hhs.gov National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
Parenting Web Sites
http://pregnancy.parenthood.com Information on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting
http://www.family.org/ a Focus on the Family web site
www.specialchildren.about.com information about parenting kids with special needs
Books in APO's LibraryThe following books (among many others) are available at APO's office for our clients to check out.
Books on Open Adoption
Children of Open Adoption, Kathleen Silber and Patricia Martinez Dorner, Corona Publishing, 1990.
This book examines the effects of open adoption on the adopted child at every stage of development.Dear Birthmother, Thank-you for Our Baby, Kathleen Silber and Patricia Martinez Dorner, Cororna Publishing, 1991.
A classic book on open adoption that presents the subject through actual letters between birthfamilies and adoptive families.My Child is a Mother, Mary Stevenson, Corona Publishing.
The Open Adoption Experience, Lois Melina and Sharon Roszia, HarperPerennial, 1993
Written by a birthgrandmother, this book is a personal account of open adoption from the birthfamily's perspective.
Books on Crisis Pregnancy
A guidebook for everyone on the road of open adoption. This guide takes the birthparents and adoptive parents from the first stages of considering adoption through the child's growing years.
Daddy, I'm Pregnant, A Dad Named Bill, Maltnomah Press, 2987.
Written by a pastor whose 14 year old daughter becomes pregnant. He shares his struggles as the family works together through their crisis.Books on Healing After an Abortion
Her Choice to Heal, Sydna Masse' and Joan Phillips, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1998.
The authors share their stories as women who have had abortions in their past. They share the hope and healing that comes from God's forgiveness and love.A Solitary Sorrow, Teri Reisser, MS,MFT with Paul Reisser, MD, Water brook Press, 1996.
The authors discuss the loneliness of the abortion experience, symptoms of post abortion stress syndrome, pain of ongoing memories, handling anger and grief, and finding peace with self, others, and God.No One Told Me I Could Cry, Lonnie NyKeil, RN, BS, HA, CPCE, Young Family Press, 1997.
A teen's guide to hope and healing after an abortion.Books on Pregnancy and Parenting
What to Expect when Your Expecting, Eisenberg, Markoft and Hathaway, Workman Publishing, 1986.
Everything you need to know to nourish yourself and your baby.Diapers, Pacifiers, and other Holy Things, Lorain Pintus, Chariot Family Publishing, 1995.
Words of encouragement for mothers of preschoolers.Raising Responsible Kids, Jay Kessler, Wogemutht and Hyatt Publishing, 1991.
Ten things you can do now to prepare your child for a lifetime of independence.You and Your Child, Charles Swindoll, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1990.
A biblical guide for nurturing confident children from infancy to independence.Children's Book on Adoption
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, Jaime Lee Curtis.
A child asks her parents to describe the night they got "the call", the airplane ride, when they first say her in the hospital and how they became a family. Hilarious illustrations.Books for and About Birthparents
A Birthmother's Book of Memories, Brenda Romanchik, R-squared Press, 721 Hawthorn St., Royal Oak, MI 48067,1994.
This fill-in the blanks journal is a perfect way for a birthmother to give her child the information every adopted child wants to know. Sections for family history, the pregnancy and the reasons for choosing adoption. Plenty of room for pictures as well. A gift all adopted children will treasure.Birthparent Grief, Brenda Romanchik, R-squared Press, 1999.
A pocket guide to the stages and realities of grief unique to the birthparent placing a child for adoption. Includes a discussion on when it may be appropriate to seek professional help.Being a Birthparent: Finding Our Place, Brenda Romanchik, R-squared Press, 1999.
A pocket guide to the issues and roles that birthparents have in the lives of their adopted children. Her insights as a birthmother help other birthparents to determine what their role will look like and the choices they will make that will shape their lives for the future.Birthmothers: Women who have relinquished their babies for adoption tell their stories, Merry Block Jones, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, Il.
Written from interviews with 30 birthmothers in a variety of situations, this book relates the common experiences of all birthmothers in a touching and profound way.Dear Birthfather, Randolph Severson, House of Tomorrow Productions, Dallas, TX,1991.
A booklet specifically for birthfathers, with the respect and importance they deserve.I Wish You a Beautiful Life, edited by Sara Dorow, Yeong and Yeong Book Company, 1999.
Letters written by Korean birthmothers who recently made adoption plans for their children.Miscellaneous
Glenda's Story, Glenda Revell, Gateway to Joy, 1994.
This is not about adoption, but is the author's story of being unwanted from birth. She was abused throughout her childhood. This story of hope is an amazing account of our merciful Savior, who brings light out of darkness, joy out of sorrow and peace out of pain.
In the Tears of a Wounded Child, CoCo Mullins, Xulon Press 2002
The true-life story of a young girl's struggle to battle child abuse. Find where God takes her in this story as He bottles all of her tears, only to replace them with true joy and happiness of His endless love.
Newsletters and Magazines
Birthparents Today, 3423 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239. (513) 741-0929. Edited by Lynn Lape, Vice-president of Birthparent Support.
Open Adoption Birthparent, R-squared Press, 721 Hawthorne, Royal Oak, MI 48067. (810) 543-0997.This newsletter addresses the issues important to birthparents and the people who care about them. Open to adoption professionals and other triad members as well as birthparents.
PACT Press, 3315 Sacramento, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 221-6957. Quarterly newsletter that covers all aspects of inner-racial adoption including open adoptions. Has articles of interest to all triad members.Quarterly newsletter edited by Brenda Romanchik, a birthmother in an open adoption. Covers all aspects of birthparenthood in an open adoption situation. Open to adoption professionals, and all triad members.