Podcasts To Listen To
Adoptees On by Haley Radke
This is not the usual adoption talk. You will find real, raw, and deep feelings addressed in these interviews. No sugar-coating here! Come and laugh, cry, learn and heal with us. I promise you’ll have a “me too” moment. Adult adoptees share stories of search, reunion, and secondary rejection. Adoptees On also creates recommended resources to encourage and educate the adoption community about adoptee issues.
Adoption: The Long View Podcast
From babyhood to school age, through the teenage years and ultimately adulthood, Adoption: The Long View explores all aspects of the adoption journey with a variety of articulate and thought-provoking guests.
The Adoptee Next Door by Angela Tucker
Angela Tucker is one of America’s most recognizable voices in transracial adoption (she’s black, her parents are white), and the subject of the documentary “Closure.” She goes beyond her experience, inviting adoptees from all backgrounds in an effort to uplift these rarely heard perspectives and shift societal perceptions about adoption.
Adoption: The Journey of Becoming Chosen by Emily Welz
Adoption is a universal way that families have been brought together. This podcast is dedicated to telling the story of adoption through an adoptee's eyes. Adoption is something that happens after the dotted line but Becoming Chosen is a journey.
Adopt Well Podcast by Adopt Well
Welcome to the Adopt Well Podcast! We are an educational community for anyone touched by adoption. Each episode exists to educate and encourage. We know that adopting well is a lifelong mission. It means learning from those around us - adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. We’re never going to be perfect and that’s ok. But, anything worth doing is worth doing well. No matter how you’re touched by adoption, we are glad you’re here.
Adoption Advocacy Podcast by Francie Frisbie
Validation. Connection. Support. Three things greatly needed in the adoption community. Adoption is not the fairytale often portrayed by society, it involves a complexity of emotions. Oftentimes, those affected by adoption have their voices silenced, and they feel alone. By sharing the stories and experiences of those close to adoption, connecting those with similar experiences, and offering support as we navigate this journey. By listening, validating one another’s feelings, this creates a deep connection and allows us to better support one another.
I’m Adopted, Now What? By Liza Mei Stone
Welcome to I’m Adopted, Now What?A podcast for those who want to redefine what it means to be adopted, one chat at a time. If you love talking about feelings, self development, and self discovery, if you want to discuss race, culture, and idenity, if you ask yourself Who Am I? What Is My Identity? Why Haven’t I Figured This Out Yet?... Then you’re in the right place, because adopted or not, we all ask ourselves these universal questions. So, are you ready to get real, get deep, and figure out… Now what? Join me and let's find out together.
Documentaries to Watch
Adopted at birth and raised in Louisiana, David Scotton is on a journey to Indiana to meet the birth parents he’s never known. His tattooed birth mother, Melissa, and reserved birth father, Brian, anxiously wait for him, concerned David will reject them for decisions they made before he was born. I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and a young man’s search for where his life began.
Closure is a documentary about a transracial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed, including her birth father. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.
In 2013 Alex Gilbert searched and met his birth parents in Russia for the first time after finding them through social media. He eventually went to Russia from New Zealand to meet them and filmed the full story.
The 48 Hours Until Legal Adoption Signing - The Archibald Project, Dominique White
In Texas, a birth mother must wait 48 hours before she can legally place her child for adoption. We had the honor and privilege of documenting a hopeful adoptive family AND a brave birthmother during those 48 hours.
Adoption Books to Read
Books written by Adoptees
“All You Can Ever Know” - by Nicole Chung
Adoptee Paige Adams Strickland details her closed adoption experience, from childhood to adolescence.
Adoptee Jean A. S. Strauss writes about her search for her birth parents in the 1980s, offering tips and suggestions to adoptees in reunion journeys today.
Adult black adoptees from all circumstances and backgrounds share their experiences in this anthology.
Barbara Gowen details her journey as a biracial child adopted out of the foster care system in the 1960s — touching on the themes listed in the title and more.
Sarah Saffian, who grew up in a closed adoption, recounts when her birth mother contacted her out of the blue when Saffian was age 23.
Linda Hoye, adopted through the foster care system, details her journey coming to terms with her adoptive family, birth family and her abusive marriage.
Adoptee Sherrie Eldridge tackles the difficult aspects of being an adoptee and offers tips and resources for others (like her) who have deep personal questions and issues with their adoption.
Research-Based Adoption Books for Adoptees and Adoptive Parents
While anecdotes and memoirs can be helpful, they may not always apply to your situation. If you’re looking for the best books for adoptees, you might also read some research-based books, such as the ones below.
An anthology of perspectives and studies from all members of the adoption triad and mental health professionals, this book tackles the complicated aspects of long-term adoption issues for all involved.
If you’re an adoptee looking for your birth family, this book is an invaluable resource. Read about other adoptees’ reunion stories and find tips and suggestions for your upcoming journey.
Three authors bring together the voices of adoptees and adoptive parents to discuss their varying experiences and current psychological and educational theories.
Researchers Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine present relational strategies to help adoptive parents form attachment and help adopted children heal from early-childhood trauma stemming from their adoption.
Author Nancy Newton Verrier explores the effects of birth-parent-adoptee separation in this classic adoptee book. Many adoptees claim it has helped them heal in their personal journeys.
Adoptee Sherrie Eldridge combines her own experiences with extensive research on adoption to educate adoptive parents on what their children may feel throughout their lives.
Best Books for Younger Adoptees
Explaining adoption to children is easier than ever, thanks to a multitude of books intended for adoptees of all ages and all backgrounds. American Adoptions encourages all our adoptive parents to make adoption an everyday topic from the moment they bring their child home, which is why we suggest the adoptee books below as a great starting point.
In this tale by Holly Keller, a young leopard adopted by two tigers realizes that being part of a family depends on how you feel — not how you look.
Author Carrie A. Kitze’s children’s story uplifts the love and support that really makes someone a part of the family — not the physical similarities.
Author Anne Braff Brodzinsky crafts a story about a bird who can’t provide her baby the protection he needs. Instead, she chooses to place him with another family with a stronger, more secure nest.
Author Nancy Carlson tells of a young transracial Asian adoptee who wonders about her birth parents while appreciating all the ways she is similar to her adoptive parents.
Karen Katz uses her own experience as an adoptive parent in this children’s book about international adoption.
Jamie Lee Curtis’s children’s book focuses on a young girl asking about her adoption story, focusing on the significance of family and love.
For more reading for adoptees check out, Adoptee Reading: Books Written and Recommended by Adoptees