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Adoption: what it is and what it means

| Shaila Shah

This short, colourful booklet is part of CoramBAAF’s series of publications for children and young people, which aim to explain concepts in adoption and fostering that they may find difficult to understand.

Adversity, adoption and afterwards

| Julia Feast, Margaret Grant, Alan Rushton, John Simmonds and Carolyn Sampeys

This unique study explores the long-term outcomes for a group of girls, now women in middle age, adopted from orphanages in Hong Kong, by families in the UK. The study offers a rare opportunity to explore the impact of adverse early experience, modified by adoption in creating opportunities and risks, over 50 years.

Alternatives to custody

| The Alternatives to Custody Project – Europe

This book is one of the main outcomes of a two-year pan-European project on developing intensive and remand fostering programmes for young people in conflict with the law, who might otherwise be in custody.

An adoption diary

| Maria James

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the true story of an adoption – a story that follows Maria’s and Rob’s adoption of a two-year-old child. Told by Maria, this moving memoir follows the joyful highs and heartbreaking lows of the journey that led them to their new adopted son.

Approaching fatherhood

| Paul May

This is the first book in the UK to combine adoptive fathers’ experiences with a guide to the adoption process – from the man’s point of view.

As if I was a real boy

| Gordon and Jeannie Mackenzie

When Jeannie adopted Gordon, their new family would not be without its problems. Gordon was 10 years old, and had been living in a psychiatric hospital for three years, with undiagnosed mental health issues. Jeannie was adopting as a single parent, with all the challenges this can bring. In this moving account, published as part of the Our Story series, mother and son look back on how the adoption came to be, and how both their lives were changed for the better.

Attachment for foster care and adoption

| Mary Beek and Gillian Schofield

This training programme will provide workers and carers with a framework both for understanding the thinking and behaviour of the children in their care and for helping children to settle and flourish in their family placements. It accompanies the handbook and DVD of the same name.

Attachment for foster care and adoption DVD

| Mary Beek and Gillian Schofield

This DVD accompanies the handbook and training programme of the same name, and supports each module in the training programme. The programme will provide workers and carers with a framework both for understanding the thinking and behaviour of the children in their care and for helping children to settle and flourish in their family placements.