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As you get excited about adoption, it’s important to get informed. Unfortunately, most books, podcasts, and other resources focus on domestic adoption.

Looking for targeted information on the international process and its aftermath? Add these books to your reading list:

Finding Aster: Our Ethiopian Adoption Story

In Finding Aster, Dina McQueen delves into the many factors that led her to pursue international adoption. Chief among these: a heartbreaking struggle with infertility. No matter your reasons for adopting, you’ll find McQueen’s story instantly relatable. You’ll also appreciate her in-depth assessment of the adoption system, and the loving words of advice she offers fellow adoptive parents.

An Insider’s Guide to International Adoption

In An Insider’s Guide to International Adoption, two adoption social workers (one of whom is also an adoptive mother) explore the ins and outs of the adoption process. Ample anecdotes will give you an inside look at the joys and challenges of adopting internationally.

Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years

Congratulations — you’ve successfully completed an international adoption. Unfortunately, the difficulties don’t end once your child is safely home. This invaluable guide clues you into the many struggles you’ll face, including cultural barriers.

To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption

Ready for a completely different perspective on international adoption? You’ll find it in this intriguing read, which takes a historic look at this now commonplace practice. You’ll learn about the development of systemic international adoption, and how it has evolved over time.

Adoption Beyond Borders: How International Adoption Benefits Families

Eager for confirmation that you’ve made the right choice? This book will provide it in spades. In this personal manifesto, psychologist Rebecca Compton draws on research and personal experience to provide a ringing endorsement of international adoption. She also clears up several misconceptions about adoptions across borders.

A little time with your nose in a book can leave you feeling a lot more prepared for international adoption. Read as much as you can, and don’t hesitate to seek additional information from a trusted legal advocate.

Whether you’re aiming for a domestic or international adoption, you can benefit from comprehensive legal service. Look to the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. for support.