One of the most common questions I get from people who are considering adoption are recommendations for books to read as they start their journey.   I thought it might be helpful to curate such a list that I could use to refer people to when they are seeking answers.  Here are some great books to read as you begin the process.

Thinking about adoption? Here are some great books to get you started

Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption Expanded Edition
This book is an excellent guide for anyone who has wondered how on earth
they could afford to adopt. The author shares her own story about
adopting without debt, and provides helpful suggestions for both
budgeting and fund-raising. It also includes info on the many grants
and loans available to adopting families, along with contact information
and websites for many of these organizations.

Adopting On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents
Think you can’t adopt because you are single? Think again. This book
candidly covers just about every issue of concern to single men and
women who are considering adoption.

Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families — and America (Non)

While many adoption books focus on the prospective adoptive
parents, this book provides a rich contextual look at all aspects of
adoption. Adam Pertman explores the history and human impact of
adoption, explodes the negative myths surrounding it, and tells
compelling stories about its participants as they grapple with issues
relating to race, identity, equality, discrimination, personal history,
and connections with all their families.
You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide

This book is full of practical, realistic advice from adoption
attorneys, doctors, social workers, and psychologists, as well as
honest, intimate stories from real parents and children. It’s a
straightforward read for anyone who is looking for answers.

The Adoption Decision: 15 Things You Want to Know Before Adopting
This book is an easy read and a great place to start in your
consideration of adoption, both international and domestic. It offers
lots of excellent resources and offers good advice about how to prepare
for the home study and how to select an adoption agency. Full
disclosure: this book is coming from a decidedly Christian
point-of-view.

The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family
This s a life-long resource guide for adoptive parents to turn to
throughout a child’s life. It covers issues that adoptive children may
encounter at each stage of development, providing tools for adoptive
parents to best help their child with their identity.

The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child

If you are feeling certain that international adoption is how
you will build your family, this book is a great primer. deciding on a
country, locating an agency, determining adoption costs and wading
through the overwhelming amount of paperwork. It also delves into
emotional issues, including how to know when you’re ready to adopt,
anxieties about the health of the baby, along with the risks of
developmental delays, attachment issues and other potential problems.
There are also sections dedicated to choosing an ethical agency, how to
survive the wait, and how to deal with insensitive adoption comments.

The Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child

This thorough book is full of pertinent, updated information to help you
understanding all aspects of the adoption process. It helps the reader
decide whether domestic, private, agency, or international adoption is
the best choice.
It includes an exhaustive list of state-by-state requirements and even
covers adoption by Canadians.

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends.

This book presents a wealth of information for family members of
prospective adoptive parents. If you are seriously considering adoption
and wondering how to broach the subject with your parents, or how to
share what you are learning with family members, this book is a great
place to start.

Raising Adopted Children, Revised Edition: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent
This book focuses on the unique needs of adopted children, providing a
wealth of advice for adoptive parents as they contemplate the life-long
aspects of parenting adopted children. The book covers explaining a
child’s birth circumstances and a valuable discussion about whether
adoptees are at greater risk for behavior problems or learning
disabilities. It also provides suggestions for contact with biological
parents, easing grief, and acknowledging a child’s history.

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption: Everything You Need to Know About Domestic and International Adoption
This book is a great primer if you are unsure whether to adopt domestically or internationally.