Search and Reunion Bibliography and Resources

Closed era adoptions are very different from most modern domestic adoptions in that adoptees and their adoptive parents typically had very little if any information; and adoptive parents were not educated about “How to talk to kids about adoption.” As a result there are many scars from the shame and secrecy of this era.

Search and Reunion is an opportunity to find missing relatives and to learn more about the self. Usually the feelings related to and triggered by the reunion will be very complex.

Books can be a great source of knowledge, understanding and comfort – especially memoirs. Counseling to help with the myriad of feelings and complex relationships; or adoption support groups to share the experiences and learn from peers are good options. This is complex territory.

Books about Search and Reunion

Books about Adoption that may be helpful


To understand the history of closed adoption in this country 

Support Groups and Counseling

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