Okey and I have read a lot of books throughout the adoption process about adoption. Since you may be curious about adoption yourselves, I am going to post my reviews of the books I’ve read. Most of these books were recommended by our adoption agency, but there were a few others we discovered from the library. There are a lot of good resources out there, and I hope that these posts can be helpful to you.
I’m going to start with Successful Adoption by Natalie Nichols Gillespie. The cover calls this “a guide for Christian families,” and it is about the adoption process. Except for a few scriptural references and verses of encouragement, the material contained within was mostly secular. I wish I had read this book first as it talks about the adoption process in detail, from choosing which agency to work with to financing the adoption itself. By the time I read this book, a lot of the material was redundant to what Okey and I had read elsewhere or already spent a lot of time researching on our own.
Successful Adoption can be used as a step-by-step guide for families wanting to adopt domestically or even internationally. Because the book covers every adoption angle, all of the material will not relate to everyone. I felt that a majority of the book dealt with preparing for international adoption. The tips for international adoption seemed like sound advice, and there was a lot of it.
I liked how the book had check lists called “Red Light, Stop!” that you can use to determine if you are ready to advance to the next step in the process. There were also action points called “Green Light, Go!” that could help a person stay organized.
For a “nuts and bolts” book about adoption, this book should have had an index for searching topics. The book is well organized, but the same topics appear in various locations. With an index, the book would be easier to use as a reference.
Still, I would recommend this as a starter book for people considering adoption.