What defines a mother? Pregnancy? The ability to have a child? Or could it be something more? Something that goes beyond blood and DNA.
At Adoption Choices of New York, we understand that there are not enough words in the world to truly encompass what it means to be a mother. You go above and beyond for your family to ensure their health, safety and happiness no matter what. The bond you share with each of your children is unlike any other, and your love transcends biology. If you are raising an adopted child or have thought about growing your family through the miracle of adoption, we wanted to share with you these books for adoptive mothers on adoption to help encourage, support and provide guidance as you navigate your adoption journey.
Books for Adoptive Mothers on Adoption
1) The Making of a Mom by Kimberly Severn
Kimberly Severn, a strong business woman, was used to being in control. So, when she felt a strong urge to expand her family, she did her research, prepped the nursery and packed her hospital bag early. But she could never have imagined what life had in store for her, and the secrets she’d learn when her world flipped upside down.
In her memoir, The Making of a Mom, Severn explores what it means to be a mother, no matter what circumstances bring your child into your family. She shows her inner struggle and shares all of the joys, pains and depth of understanding she gains along the way. Be sure to have the tissues nearby as you journey with her and learn her answer to, “Am I mom enough?”
2) 20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed by Sherrie Eldrige
Do I have what it takes to be a successful adoptive parent? Does my child consider me a successful parent?
If you have found yourself asking any of these questions as an adoptive mother, you are not alone. In this groundbreaking resource, Eldridge gives voice to the many real concerns of adoptees, whose unique perspectives, in turn, provide helpful tools for adoptive parents.
All tips suggested in this book offer parents craved-for and heart-felt encouragement and hope. Eldrige speaks from her own experience as an adoptee and expertise in the adoption field to share proven strategies and moving stories of one hundred adoptive parents. Through strengthening you as a parent first, she helps you gain a deeper understanding of what is normal for your child and you with raising him or her. Not only will you truly be able to listen to your child through Eldrige’s guidance, you’ll also learn how to connect with him or her on every level and keep the lines of communication open forever.
3) Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldrige
Adoptees’ voices are filled with questions. Curiosity about where they came from. Why their birth parents gave them up. Speaking from her own experience as an adoptee, Eldrige delves into the unspoken concerns of adoptees and helps adoptive parents navigate through the feelings of fear, abandonment and shame. She reveals twenty complex and emotional issues you must understand to nurture your son or daughter. To truly reach and love them the way you want and that they deserve. To gently and warmly guide him or her through their grief, so they can healthfully grow into the independent adult they are meant to be.
Filled with powerful insights from children, parents, experts in the field and practical strategies and case histories, Eldrige teaches you how to bring freedom and a full life to your child.
Whether you are a first-time parent or not, these must-have books for adoptive mothers on adoption are true gems. All three reveal the power and strength of being a mother, and how to love your child to the fullest.
Adoption Choices of New York
Over the past seventeen (17) years, Adoption Choices of New York has helped many individuals and couples make adoption plans and complete their families through the miracle of adoption. Our staff has well-established relationships with agencies and attorneys across the nation, as well as Adoption Choices agencies in many other states. As a leader in the adoption community, we have a genuine commitment to a sensitive, comprehensive and supportive experience for all involved in the adoption journey. We are dedicated to ensuring that your adoption is processed in a professional, competent and caring manner and would be delighted to answer your questions.
For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.