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Adoption and Fostering: Memoirs and Family Stories -

Related category: Children & Young People
Related booklists: Adoption and Fostering: Guides for Parents and Families,

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 20 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book My Name Is Why: A Memoir by Lemn Sissay
    My Name Is Why: A Memoir - by Lemn Sissay

    £16.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781786892348 | ISBN 10: 1786892340

    How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.  At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth c ... more

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  • Cover image of book Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
    Red Dust Road - by Jackie Kay

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781509858392 | ISBN 10: 1509858393

    'What makes us who we are? My adoption is a story that has happened to me. I couldn�t make it up.�� From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Our Adoption Journey by Jayne Lilley
    Our Adoption Journey - by Jayne Lilley

    £9.95   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781910039427 | ISBN 10: 191003942x

    'We’re preoccupied with thoughts of meeting Jessie…It’s like the feeling you have before a first date….butterflies in the stomach, nervous, nauseous. Will she like us? Will we bond?’   This is the true story of Jayne, Dan, their son ... more

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  • Cover image of book Adopting: Real Life Stories by Ann Morris
    Adopting: Real Life Stories - by Ann Morris

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781849056601 | ISBN 10: 1849056609

    Full of real life stories from adopters and adoptees, this book takes the reader on a journey through every stage of the adoption process. Readers will be inspired, encouraged and comforted by the honest accounts of the highs and lows of the adoption ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood by Allan Ahlberg
    The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood - by Allan Ahlberg

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780241965665 | ISBN 10: 0241965667

    'My mother, who was not my mother, I see her now, her raw red cleaner's hands twisting away at her apron as she struggled to speak. Adoption was a shameful business then in many people's eyes, the babies being mostly illegitimate. Better not speak of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Proud Parents: Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption Experiences by Nicola Hill
    Proud Parents: Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption Experiences - by Nicola Hill

    £13.95   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781907585661 | ISBN 10: 1907585664

    Proud Parents is a compelling and poignant collection of stories of lesbians and gay men who have adopted or fostered children. Single and in partnerships, they share their experiences on a number of issues. What motivated them to adopt or foster? Ho ... more

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  • Cover image of book Choose Me by Kay Langdale
    Choose Me - by Kay Langdale

    £7.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781444766851 | ISBN 10: 1444766856

    Who can resist Billy's plea to 'Choose Me'?  Billy is only nine years old. But he's already learned that when your mum dies, you get your own social worker.   He's also learned that once you are ten, the odds of finding a family to adopt ... more

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  • Cover image of book Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir by Pauline Black
    Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir - by Pauline Black

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781846687914 | ISBN 10: 1846687918

    Probably best-known for her role as lead singer in The Selecter, one of the best British ska / 2 tone bands of the early 1980s, Pauline Black has lived a life rich in contradictions. Mixed-race, adopted to a middle-aged white couple, tracing some of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Becoming Dads: A Gay Couple
    Becoming Dads: A Gay Couple's Journey to Adoption - by Pablo Fernández

    £8.95   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781907585296 | ISBN 10: 190758529x

    This is the story of Pablo and Mike, and their journey to becoming adopters. Set against a contemporary backdrop of diverse perceptions – both encouraging as well as hostile, as to whether gay men should adopt, Pablo’s diarised narrative tracks t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Precious by Precious Williams
    Precious - by Precious Williams

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781408810019 | ISBN 10: 1408810018

    Where are you from? is a question I always find hard to answer. 1971: an ad in Nursery World. Private foster parents required for a three-month-old baby me. The lucky applicants are a 57-year-old white woman and her daughter, who love babies, e ... more

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  • Cover image of book When Daisy Met Tommy by Jules Belle
    When Daisy Met Tommy - by Jules Belle

    £8.95   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781907585067 | ISBN 10: 1907585060

    We had told Daisy that she was going to spend the late afternoon with Tommy right up until his bedtime at the foster carers. What actually happened was that Daisy sat and watched as the foster carers son territorially guarded what Daisy had been ... more

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  • Cover image of book Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love by Xinran, translated by Nicky Harman
    Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love - by Xinran, translated by Nicky Harman

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099535751 | ISBN 10: 0099535750

    Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is made up of the stories of Chinese mothers whose daughters have been wrenched from them, and also brings us the voices of some adoptive mothers from different parts of the world. These are stories which Xinran ... more

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  • Cover image of book Holding on and Hanging in by Lorna Miles
    Holding on and Hanging in - by Lorna Miles

    £8.95   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781905664788 | ISBN 10: 1905664788

    "This one story brings the theories, research, professional conferences and trainings to life. And makes all the effort worthwhile."(Dan Hughes PH.D, clinical psychologist and author of Building the Bonds of Attachment) This compelling story t ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Banana Kid by Valerie Mason-John
    The Banana Kid - by Valerie Mason-John

    £9.95   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781905664375 | ISBN 10: 1905664370

    I could have been born and raised in Africa. But my Spirit was in too much of a rush to be reincarnated... At six weeks I was chucked out into the new year of 1965 which wasnt prepared to welcome an African baby, abandoned on a harsh English winter ... more

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  • Cover image of book Foster Kid: A Liverpudlian Childhood by Paul Barber
    Foster Kid: A Liverpudlian Childhood - by Paul Barber

    £12.00   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780751539127 | ISBN 10: 0751539120

    After the death of his mother, Paul and his brothers and sister spent the rest of their childhoods in a succession of childrens and foster homes where they found themselves at the mercy of adults more interested in their own welfare than providing a ... more

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  • Cover image of book In Black and White: The Story of an Open Transracial Adoption by Nathalie Seymour
    In Black and White: The Story of an Open Transracial Adoption - by Nathalie Seymour

    £7.95   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781905664108 | ISBN 10: 1905664109

    We are going to be adopted and stay with Mummy and Daddy forever! Danny looked up at me. Rita's words had disturbed him. 'I know why I had to leave my mum,' he said, 'but why do I have to live with you?' This is the true story of the adoption of ... more

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  • Cover image of book In Search of Belonging: Reflections of Transracially Adopted People by Perlita Harris
    In Search of Belonging: Reflections of Transracially Adopted People - by Perlita Harris

    £19.95   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781903699775 | ISBN 10: 1903699770

    Transracial adoption has provoked much polarised commentary, initiated heated debate and stirred up strong feelings. Yet the experience of transracially adopted people themselves remains on the margins and has rarely been given a voice.   Thro ... more

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  • Cover image of book Family Wanted; True Stories of Adoption by Sara Holloway (ed)
    Family Wanted; True Stories of Adoption - by Sara Holloway (ed)

    £7.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781862078574 | ISBN 10: 1862078572

    Family Wanted is a valuable collection of 25 predominantly autobiographical stories about adoption. In just simply telling the story of their lives these writers provide us with rich insights into history, society, culture and fomily dynamics, they a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Loving and Living with Traumatised Children: Refections by Adoptive Parents by Megan Hirst
    Loving and Living with Traumatised Children: Refections by Adoptive Parents - by Megan Hirst

    £7.50   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781903699676 | ISBN 10: 1903699673

    This is the story of a group of nine adoptive parents who came together for mutual support to look at the effects on themselves of living with traumatised children. They based their task on a form of research known as co-operative inquiry. The group ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption: Extraordinary Yet Ordinary by Edited by Stephen Hicks and Janet McDermott
    Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption: Extraordinary Yet Ordinary - by Edited by Stephen Hicks and Janet McDermott

    £25.00   paperback   (1998) - ISBN 13: 9781853026003 | ISBN 10: 185302600x

    "A book written by lesbians and gay men, concerned exclusively with fostering and adoption, produced here and not in the US, is a very rare treasure! This book is immensely readable. It tells openly and honestly how it is, without resorting to jargon ... more

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