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Recommended Reading List for Relinquishment, Adoption, Search and Reunion Issues

“Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child”
A widely read book about adoptees written by an adoptive mother and therapist who raised an adopted daughter and a biological daughter
…by Nancy Verrier
(Note: order directly from Nancy at 919 Village Center, Lafayette, CA 94549. $14.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling)

“The Girls Who Went Away”
THE HIDDEN HISTORY of WOMEN WHO SURRENDERED CHILDREN for ADOPTION in the DECADES BEFORE ROE v. WADE
…by Ann Fessler

“Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter”
A true story of an adoptee’s search for her birth family. Lifton has given us a story of mothering and mother-loss, attachment and bonding, secrets and lies, and the human need for origins
…by B. J. Lifton

“Ithaka”
An adopted daughter’s memoirs of being found by her birth parents who had married after the relinquishment and had 3 more children
…by Sarah Saffian

“Journey of the Adopted self: A Quest for Wholeness”
Lifton addresses the myths surrounding adoption. This book delves into psychological effects of adoption
…by B. J. Lifton

“Courageous Blessings: Adoptive Parents and the Search”
A great book to give adoptive parents who support their adopted children in their search for their birth family
…by Carol L. Dumuth
(Can be ordered from Aires Center, 1437 Meandering, Garlan, TX 75040 (214) 414-3639 or call Carol at 972-414-3639)

“Of Unknown Origin: A Memoir”
A daughter finds her birthmother but also finds rejection and denial
…by Debra Levi Holtz
ISBN 1-57178-100-5

The Adoption Triangle, Sealed or opened records: How they affect Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents. By Arthur D. Sorosky, M. D., Annette Baran, M.S., Reuben Pannor, M.S.W.

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