Welcome to the Online Resource Center for New Star Kafala. Here you will find information regarding Internet, print and other resources available as you pursue and complete an international adoption. This resource list  will allow you to acquire information about various issues you may face, including common behavioral and medical issues associated with International Adoptions. The resources provided will also assist in connecting you with support groups, adoption clinics and experts as needed.

Please note: These organization links are provided because they offer useful information; they are not explicitly endorsed by NSK. NSK claims no control or responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained in the websites.

Print Resources and Recommended Reading

General Adoption Information:

  • Adopting a Toddler: What Size Shoes Does She Wear? by Denise Harris Hoppenhauer

  • Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families, by Myra Alperson

  • Communicating with the Adopting Child, by Miriam Komar, DSW – Offers adoptive parents an insightful guide to the importance of the ongoing process of talking with your child about adoption issues.

  • Real Parents, Real Children (Parenting the Adopted Child), by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb – A practical guide for parents at all stages in the adoption process, preparation, arrival and forever after. Good foundation for adoptive parents.

  • Being Adopted, The Lifelong Search for Self  by David Brodzinsky Ph.D. and Marshall D. Schicter, M.D. – This book uses life experiences of adoptees to provide a unique understanding of adoption.

Adoptive Parenting Information:

  • Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss, by Claudia Jewett Jarratt

  • How To Raise An Adopted Child, by Judith Schaffer & Christina Lindstrom

  • Raising Adopted Children, by Lois Melina

  • The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, by Purvis, Cross & Sunshine

Children’s Books About Adoption:

  • Adoption is Always, by Linda Walvoord Girard (5-10)

  • All Kinds of Families, by Norman Simon (3-7)

  • How I Was Adopted, by Joanne Cole (3-7)

  • Jin Woo, by Eve Bunting (5-10)

  • The Little Green Goose, by Adele Sansone (3-7)

  • We Wanted You, by Liz Rosenberg

  • Families Are Different, by Nina Pelligrini (3-7) – A gentle story of a young, adopted girl discovering that many different types of families have one thing in common: love.

  • A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza (3-7) – A lonely little bird searches for a mother and discovers that it is more important for a mom to hug, kiss and love than to look like him.

  • Susan and Gordon Adopt a Baby, by Sesame Street – A baby is being adopted on Sesame Street. All the familiar characters of Sesame Street react to the adoption of Miller. Feelings expressed include happiness, excitement, caring and yes, even a little jealousy on Big Bird’s part. In the end, everyone realizes that adoption is simply another way for a child to join a family.

  • Why Was I Adopted? By Carole Livingston – An intermediate level book which discusses the facts of adoption with a loving style and catchy illustration.

  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow (Hollywood Nobody) by Gregory C. Keck and Regina Kupecky

  • The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Sunshine

  • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

  • Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child by Trish Maskew

  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah D. Gray

  • Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best

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