Laura Hoskins, who runs a private practice in Brattleboro, Vt. and specializes in adopted children and their families, offers some recommended reading for counselors working with adopted and foster children:


For clinicians and parents:

  • Creating Capacity for Attachment by A. Becker-Weidman
  • Twenty Things Adopted Children Wish Their Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge
  • Affect Regulation, Mentalization and the Development of Self by P. Fonagy, G. Gergerly, E. Jurist and M. Target
  • The Transforming Power of Affect by Diane Fosha
  • Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray
  • Nurturing in Adoption: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma by Deborah Gray
  • Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best
  • Attachment-Focused Family Therapy by Daniel Hughes
  • Facilitating Developmental Attachment by Daniel Hughes
  • Building the Bonds of Attachment by Daniel Hughes
  • Brothers and Sisters in Adoption by Arleta James
  • Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children by Richard Kagan
  • A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents by Pamela Kruger and Jill Smolowe
  • A General Theory of Love by T. Lewis, F. Amini and R. Lannon
  • Making Sense of Adoption: A Parent’s Guide by Lois Ruskai Melina
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Stories from a Psychiatrist’s Notebook:  What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing by Bruce Perry and Mara Szalavitz
  • Born for Love by Bruce Perry and Mara Szalavitz
  • Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America by Adam Pertman
  • Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self by A.N. Schore
  • Affect Disregulation and Disorders of the Self by A.N. Schore
  • Affect Regulation and Repair of the Self by A.N. Schore
  • The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience by Daniel Siegel
  • The Mindful Therapist by Daniel Siegel
  • Adolescent Girls in Crisis by Martha Straus
  • When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD by Nancy L. Thomas
  • Real Parents, Real Children by Holly van Gulden
  • Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by Jana Wolff
  • Maternal Deprivation Reassessed by Mary Ainsworth
  • Healing Power of the Family: Illustrated Overview of Life with the Disturbed Foster or Adopted Child by Richard Delaney
  • Troubled Transplants: Unconventional Strategies for Helping the Disturbed Foster or Adopted Child by Richard Delaney
  • Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach by Ross W. Greene and J. Stuart Abon
  • No-Talk Therapy by Martha Straus
  • Adolescent Girls in Crisis by Martha Straus

For children:

  • The Mulberry Bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky
  • How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole
  • Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Mama, Do you Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  • Over the Moon by Karen Kats
  • I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis
  • All About Adoption:  How Families Are Made and How Kids Feel About It by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annuziata
  • We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr


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