Adoption Resources — General

Adoption History

Records Access

Search Registries


The Bookshelf

  • Amanda H. L. Transue-Woolston. Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace. CQT Media and Publishing, 2014.
  • Ann Fessler. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade. Penguin Books, 2007. NOTE: See my blog post reviewing this book.
  • Carol Schaefer. The Other Mother. CreateSpace, 2013.
  • Nancy Newton Verrier. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press, 2003.
  • Reg Niles. Adoption agencies, orphanages, and maternity homes: An historical directory. 1981.
  • Reg Niles.The Reg Niles Searchbook for Adult Adoptees, Vol. 1. (2013)
  • Reg Niles. The Reg Niles Searchbook for Adult Adoptees, Vol. 2. (2012)


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