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November is Adoption Awareness Month. To celebrate, St. Louis City Children's Division will sponsor a panel discussion in the St. Louis Public Library on November 1 in the Central Library's Training Room from 6:30pm – 8pm. These titles, from our digital collections, can raise awareness about the need for forever families for the children who are waiting to be adopted.

The Family of Adoption by Joyce Maguire Pavao

Full of wonderful stories that give insight into a wide variety of adoption issues, now revised in light of recent developments, The Family of Adoption is a powerful argument for the right kind of openness in adoption. Joyce Maguire Pavao uses her thirty years of experience as a family and adoption therapist to explain to adoptive parents, birthparents, adult adopted people, and extended family, as well as to those who work with children professionally the developmental stages and challenges one can expect in the life of the adopted person.

Let's Talk About Adoption by Jacqueline Hearn, MBE

The author has been a Mother, Adoptive Mother and Foster carer for forty years. Her experience was gained by working within the Local Authority network This book is intended to act as a guide to would be adopters as to how the process works within the Local Authority network. She has used hypothetical stories to illustrate some of the scenarios a potential adopter may come across. A must read for anybody contemplating adoption.

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child by Betsy Smalley

Many adopted or foster children have complex, troubling, often painful pasts. This book provides parents and professionals with sound advice on how to communicate effectively about difficult and sensitive topics, providing concrete strategies for helping adopted and foster children make sense of the past so they can enjoy a healthy, well-adjusted future.

Kids' Rights featuring Elton John

Adopting a child means undergoing rigorous assessment marked by bureaucracy, paperwork and, often, an outlay of cash. Filmmakers Michael Dudko and Olga Rudnieva ask themselves if they are fit for parenthood after they personally witness Sir Elton John and David Furnish's failure to adopt. Their investigation of the regulations, cultural prejudices, and child trafficking policies behind the process takes them from the slums of Ukraine, through China, and the US. They speak with prospective parents, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, and adoption agencies to find a flawed system that allows millions of orphans to languish in foster care and learn that children lack the most basic human rights.

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