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Our top ten bestselling books! Click on the links to find out more about our key titles covering subject matter suitable for adoptive parents, social workers and adopted children.


Adopting a child (10th edition)

Using a question and answer format, it describes: why children need adoption; the kinds of children who are looking for new families; the reasons why people adopt; what sort of people adoption agencies are looking for and why; the legal aspects and the costs of adopting both in the UK and overseas; intercountry adoption; and the adoption of stepchildren. It includes a comprehensive list of regional agencies – both local authority and voluntary – throughout the UK, plus other useful addresses and suggestions for further reading.

 Adopting a child


Attachment, trauma and resilience

This is a special book, compassionate and highly readable. The author's commitment to traumatised children and helping families care for them shines through as she draws upon the wealth of her personal and professional experience to offer a compelling insight into the realities of family life with children who have lived through overwhelming stress.

Attachment, Trauma and Resilience


Parenting a Child with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Prospective adopters and carers are often faced with the prospect of having to decide whether they can care for a child with a health need or condition they know little about and have no direct experience of. It can be difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. What lies behind the diagnoses and "labels" that many looked after children bring with them? And what will it be like to live with them? How will they benefit from family life?

This book explores emotional and behavioural difficulties, a common diagnosis in looked after children. Dan Hughes shares his expertise on the symptoms, prognosis and treatment for affected children, with valuable advice on how parents and carers can help children to improve their behaviour and increase their self-esteem.

 Parenting a Child with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties


Effective Adoption Panels

What are the roles and responsibilities of adoption panel members? What laws and regulations determine the functioning of an adoption panel? How can panels improve their work to make better placements?

Effective Adoption Panels is the only guide of its kind. This new, sixth edition has been comprehensively revised and updated following the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and associated guidance and regulations issued in 2011 and 2013, and will help panels to make sound and effective recommendations.

 Effective Adoption Panels


Carer-held health record

Looked after children suffer many disadvantages. They often come from backgrounds with a high incidence of health problems and poor uptake of primary health care services. It is important that systems are put into place to ensure that significant medical information is passed on to a child’s main carers and is available to medical practitioners seeing a child on a temporary basis.

The Carer Held Health Record is designed to be kept confidentially by the adults looking after a child and, most importantly, to accompany a child when he or she moves on to another placement or returns home. This will ensure that vital information is not lost, that a continuous health profile is kept for every child and that the health outcomes for all looked after babies, children and young people can improve.

 Carer-held health record


Related by adoption 2014 edition

Grandparents and other relatives who become related by adoption can play an invaluable role in the life of the adopted child. When a child enters a new family with its own established lifestyle and ways of doing things - all of which could be overwhelming and confusing - grandparents and other relatives can help to guide the new child through what may seem to be an incomprehensible maze of values, standards and behaviours.

This handbook introduces grandparents-to-be and other relatives to information about adoption today. It offers facts about the children needing adoption, processes and procedures and, most importantly, discusses how the wider family can support and be involved in building a family through adoption.

 Related by adoption


Making good assessments 2015

The must-have guide for everyone involved in ensuring successful placements for children.

Making good assessments is a practical resource guide that is both creative and imaginative in its format. This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated and is designed to help agencies and family-finding services develop their own assessment programmes. It will help to provide knowledge and understanding to underpin assessments; it can be used flexibly within group settings, individual or family discussion; it fits with current thinking and philosophy but allows scope for development; and provides a broad-based foundation that can be built upon for ongoing work.

 Making good assessments


The Primal wound

Since its original publication in 1993, The Primal Wound has become a classic in adoption literature and is considered the adoptees’ “bible”. It is a “must read” for adopted people, adoptive families, birth parents and adoption professionals.

The Primal Wound has revolutionised how we think about adoption. Over the years, thousands have read this classic and found in it profound insights and revelations on what being adopted means to adopted people.

The Primal Wound offers adopted people validation for their feelings, explanations for their behaviour, and a context in which to situate and make sense of their experiences. It is a must for anyone struggling with unexplained feelings and insecurities caused by adoption, and has been described as “life changing”, “a light bulb experience”, “a revelation” and “a journey of discovery”.

 The Primal wound


The Teazles' baby bunny

This colourful picture book for young children, aged two to four years old, tells the story of the Teazle rabbits and their adoption of a baby bunny. Mr and Mrs Teazle live happily in Foxaway Hollow – the one thing missing from their lives is a baby bunny of their own. They turn to Mr McBadger for help and are delighted when he tells them there is a little bunny looking for parents just like them. Together they prepare their home and welcome, with excitement and delight, the baby bunny into their family.

 The Teazles' baby bunny


Preparing to Adopt England 2014 - Applicant’s Workbook

Preparing to Adopt is a well-established and highly respected training programme that agencies can use to offer relevant, high quality and comprehensive preparation for people who wish to adopt. This new edition has been revised in the light of a major programme of adoption reform in England, following concerns about delay and consequent changes in the adoption process.

Preparing to Adopt provides agencies with an agreed common curriculum for preparation courses in a format that will allow applicants and agency staff to make practical use of the learning to underpin the assessment. It also enables prospective adopters to have sufficient information to consider what adoption entails for them and for a child; gain an understanding of the needs of children awaiting adoption; learn how they could meet a child’s needs; and decide whether adoption is right for them.

 Preparing to Adopt England - Applicant’s Workbook