Birth Fathers and Adoption Literature

Earlier this week, Tapestry Books Resource Associate Chris Fancher came across an article on the America Adopts! website called “An Adoptive Father’s Letter to His Son’s Birthfather.” The author of this article, Noah, an adoptive father, writes in a few short paragraphs how his son’s birthfather plays an important role in the life of their family. Here is a link to the article. This article brings to mind the different resources that exist today for birthfathers in adoption. One of the most prevalent resources is the book “Birth Fathers and their Adoption Experiences” by Gary Clapton. This book is the first book of its kind to provide experiences of adoption

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Introducing: ‘Two Peas in a Separated Pod: A True Story of Adoption’

Recently added to Tapestry Books, “Two Peas in a Separated Pod: A True Story of Adoption” by Jeannie Lachman and Carole Sanguedolce tells the story of two sisters who were separated at birth, but discovered each other later in life. Hear from the author Jeannie Lachman below! ‘My name is Jeannie Lachman. I have co authored a book with my birth sister Carole, ‘Two Peas In A Separated Pod: A True Story of Adoption.’ We think our book will inspire adoptees thinking about searching for their birth parents and all adoptees in the process of reuniting. We feel that even if you are not in the adoption world this book

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Recap: Putting Family First Conference 2015

Earlier this week, Tapestry Books Resource Associate Chris Fancher attended the Putting Family First Conference presented by the National Council for Adoption and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services in Arlington, VA. In addition to spreading the news about Tapestry Books and the great resources the website offers, Chris was also able to meet with several adoption authors! Author Dawn Davenport and Chris Fancher “I had the absolute honor of speaking with Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family and adoption author, at the conference. Dawn’s knowledge of adoption, in all aspects, extends far beyond what has been published in her book. ‘The Complete Book of International Adoption‘

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From the Author of “How Much Did You Pay For Her? Forgiving the Words that Hurt Adoptive Families”

“How much did you pay for her? Forgiving the Words That Hurt Adoptive Families” by Christine Rhyner is a recently added resource to Tapestry Books and an amazing resource for adoptive families. This book is the first of its kind to directly discuss the ‘words that hurt adoptive families’ and how to forgive such words through faith. Here is what author Christine Rhyner would like to tell you about this valuable resource: “As I faced reproductive challenges to become a mother, I quickly realized that faith was necessary. As I entered the world of medical technology and then adoption, I also saw a great need for forgiveness. No matter how

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Book Review: Shades of Black

First published in 2000, “Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children” by Sandra L. Pinkney and Myles C. Pinkney communicates both visually and poetically the concept of individuality and self-image to African-American children. This book uses extraordinary photographs that each coincide with artistic descriptions: “I am the midnight blue in a licorice stick / and the golden brown in sugar.” This book is a phenomenal tool for discussing diversity with children and is an amazing resource to develop a child’s self-image. Despite “Shades of Black” receiving heavily positive reviews (a rating of 4.5 of 5 stars on both Amazon and Goodreads.com), some readers expressed concern on this book’s affects

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Lori Holden Blog Post: “Dear Abby Misses the Mark on Adoption Question”

In her recent blog post, Lori Holden (author of “The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption”) discusses a response given by advice columnist ‘Dear Abby’ to a young child who is attempting to cope with feelings towards her birthmother. According to Holden, Dear Abby’s response didn’t quite match up to hundreds of pieces of advice that she is known for. In the original letter to Dear Abby, writer ‘Needs Help in Indiana’ explains that she was adopted as a baby and is now starting to feel angry towards her birthmother and is taking that anger out on her family and friends. Click here to read Lori Holden’s alternate response to ‘Needs

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption

In 1993 (one year before the founding of Tapestry Books), the first ever “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book was published . Over twenty years later, there are more than 150 Chicken Soup books in print and have become one of the go-to resources for inspirational and motivational stories. On March 31st of this year, the latest “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books was released. “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption” is the first book since “Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul” (published January 2008) that is completely centered on adoption. “The Joy of Adoption” is a re-issuing of the prior book, but it also includes more

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Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

“Orange is the New Black” is set to return for a third season. Actress in the series Kate Mulgrew, who was nominated for an ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress’ Emmy award, will reprise her role as Galina “Red” Reznikov. Mulgrew’s life, however, cannot simply be summarized to her roles on screen. In the adoption world, Kate Mulgrew is one of the few celebrities that have decided to openly share her story of placing a child for adoption. Yes, that is right…famed actress Kate Mulgrew is a birthmother. Earlier this week, Mulgrew’s book “Born With Teeth” was released for the first time. This book discusses how in 1977, Mulgrew decided to place her

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April 16, 2015 is National Celebrate Teen Literature Day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 is National Celebrate Teen Literature Day in accordance with the American Library Association. In honor of this national celebration, Tapestry Books would like to showcase three books available on the Tapestry Books website that are specific to adopted teenagers. “Adopted Teens Only: A Survival Guide to Adolescence” by Danea Gorbett – This book is a book written directly for adopted teens (only) that acts as a survival guide through adolescence. “Adopted Teens Only” assists teens with both typical teenage situations as well as adoption-specific issues. “Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)” by Suzanne Buckingham Slade – This books helps teens evaluate their feelings,

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Infant Care & Adoption Parenting Books.

Last night, Tapestry Books attended a “Newborn/Infant Care” class in order to provide books an resources regarding taking care of newborns and infants as well as adoption parenting. Here is a list of the books that Tapestry Books provided at this event: “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Dr. Benjamin Spock. This book is one of the oldest, yet still most reliable books on how to keep your baby healthy . “The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5” by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This book is updated each year to provide the most accurate information on

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