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Aspiranet REACH Kern County

Lending Library

REACH offers an extensive collection of adoption-related materials including books on adoptive parenting, talking with children and others about adoption, helping children adjust, and relative adoption. Additionally there are books for adopted youth and children, and various DVDs, videos, and other materials. Please call our office at 661-323-1233 and make an appointment to check out items.


A Child’s Journey through Placement by Vera Fahlberg

A Family of Adoption by Joyce Maguire Pavao

Adopting on Your Own by Lee Varon

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky

Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray

Being Adopted by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter & Robin Henig

Beneath the Mask by Debbie Riley & John Meeks

Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know about Ending the Cycle of Fear by Carrie Goldman

Calming Angry Kids: Help and Hope for Parents in the Whirlwind by Tricia Goyer

Drowning with my Hair of Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents by Ce Eshelman

Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

Nurturing Adoptions by Deborah Gray

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel

Parenting your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family by Andrew Adesman

Parenting your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges & Raise a Happy & Healthy Child by Brenda McCright

Peaceful Parenting by Nancy Buck

Perspectives on the Grafted Tree by Patricia Johnson

Raising Adopted Children by Lois Melina

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child by Holly van Golden and Lisa Bartels-Rabb

Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency by Sharon Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon

Stress Less Cards- 50 Mindfulness & Meditation Exercises by Sunny Present

Suddenly Siblings: Adventure in Fostering and Adoption by Gail and Molly Heaton

Talking to your Child about Adoption by Patricia Dorner

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past by Betsy Keefer Smalley

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross & Wendy Lyons Sunshine

The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment by Lisa Qualls & Dr. Karyn Purvis

The Identity Trap: Saving our Teens from Themselves by Joseph Nowinski PhD

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

The Invisible String Workbook by Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson

The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired by Daniel J. Siegel

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel

The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jayne Schooler & Thomas Atwood

Toddler Adoption: the Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best


Attachment: 60 Trauma-Informed Assessment & Treatment Interventions Across the Lifespan by Christina Reese

Becoming Attached: First Relationships & How they Shape our Capacity to Love by Robert Karen

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered by Bruce Perry

Don’t Touch my Heart: Healing the Pain of an Unattached Child by Lynda Mansfield & Christopher Waldmann

The Connected Child: Bring Hope & Healing to your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross & Wendy Sunshine


Adoption is Another Word for Love by Nancy Roche

A Family for Leanne by Shelby Griffin-Timberlake

All the Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger

Amelia Hits the Road by Marissa Moss

Amelia Takes Command by Marissa Moss

Borya & the Burps: An Eastern European Adoption Story by Joan McNamara

Brown Like Me by Noell Lamperti

David’s Father by Robert Munsch

Did my First Mother Love Me? By Kathryn Miller

Families are Different by Nina Pelligrini

Families are Forever by Craig Shemin

Feelings Flashcards: A Great Way for Kids to Share and Learn About All Kinds of Emotions by Todd Parr

Forever Fingerprints: an Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children by Sherry Eldridge

Gaston & Friends by DiPucchio, Robinson and Christian

How I’m Feeling- 52 Sentence Completion Cards to Get Children Talking About their Feelings- Ideal for Parents, Teachers, Therapists and More by Impresa Products

Heather has Two Mommies by Lesle Newman

Horace by Holly Keller

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

How I was Adopted by Joanna Cole

I Don’t Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis

Little Gregory by Melissa A. Bradex

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk

My Flight Training Manual: Flying Above the Clouds in Sibling Relationships by Gail & Molly Heaton

Mother Bridge of Love by Josee Masse

One Wonderful You by Francie Portnow

Sam’s Sister by Juliet Vond

Someone to Count On by Patricia Hermes

Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

The Best Single Mom in the World: How I was Adopted by Mary Zisk

The Mulberry Bird by Anne Brodzinsky

The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale by Grace Lin

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Brown

The Way I Am is Different: A Children’s Book about a Boy with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by Helen Simpson & Brandon Orcutt

We Belong Together: a Book about Adoption & Families by Todd Parr

Why I Chose You: 100 Reasons Why Adopting You Made Us a Family by Gregory Lang


A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer

A Teenager’s Journey: Overcoming a Childhood of Abuse by Richard Pelzer

Beneath the Mask for Teen Adoptees: Teens and Young Adults Share Their Stories by CASE

Birthright: a Guide to Search & Reunion for Adoptees, Birth Parents & Adoptive Parents by Jean Straus

Castaway Kid by r.b. mitchell

Filling in the Blanks: a Guided Look at Growing up Adopted by Susan Gabel

Help Yourself for Teens: Real Life Advice for Real Life Challenges by Dave Pelzer

How it Feels to be Adopted by Jill Kremetz

Journey of the Adopted Self: a Quest for Wholeness by Betty Jean Lifton

Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be? by Robert L. Ballard

The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood by Barbara Neimen

The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story by Dave Pelzer

The Secret of Me: A Novel & Poems by Meg Kearney

Twenty Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make by Sherrie Eldridge


FASD: Across the Span of Childhood - 2nd Edition by Ira J. Chasnoff, MD

Moment to Moment: Perspectives on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adolescence by Ira J. Chasnoff, MD

The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and The Vulnerable Child by Ira J. Chasnoff, MD

Trying Differently Rather Than Harder: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders by Diane Malbin


Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison

I Love You Rituals by Becky Bailey

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown


Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss

Talking to your Child about Loss by Maria Trozzy

Tear Soup: a Recipe for Healing after Loss by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen

The Burning: Parenting My Son Through Adoption, FASD and Suicide by Ruth Spencer



Taking Charge of Infertility by Patricia Johnson

Understanding Infertility by Patricia Johnson


Hole in My Heart: Memoir and Report from the Fault Lines of Adoption by Lorraine Dusky

Patty’s Journey: From Orphanage to Adoption to Reunion by Donna Norling


Empowering Grandparents Raising Grandchildren by Carole Cox

Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care by Joseph Crumbley & Robert Little


Brain Gym: Simple Activities for Whole Brain Learning by Paul E. Dennison

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Revised & Updated by Lindsey Biel

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult by Carol Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz


Cross Cultural Adoption: How to Answer Questions from Family, Friends & Community by Amy Coughlin & Karyn Abramowitz

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children by Donna Nakazawa

Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg & Beth Hall

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Jim Silver



Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges by Mona Delahooke

Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children to Learn to Trust & Love by Michael Orlans & Terry Levy

In Their Best Interest: Preventing Secondary Trauma in Siblings of Foster and Adopted Children by Gail & Molly Heaton

Helping Your Kids’ Anxiety 2 in 1: What Your Average Therapist Won’t Tell You About Your Kids’ Anxiety by Lawrence Conley

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Dan Siegal

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog: What Traumatized Children can Teach us about Loss, Love & Healing by Bruce Perry & Mia Szalavitz

The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene, PhD

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Verrier

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry

Wounded Children, Healing Homes by Schooler, Smalley & Callahan


TCU Series: Healing Families


Adopcion: hablando con tu hijo by Patricia Martinez Dorner

Disciplina sin lagrimas (No Drama Disicpline Spanish Edition) by Daniel Bryson & Tina Payne

El Cerebro del Nino by Daniel Bryson & Tina Payne

El Nino Adoptado (The Connected Child Spanish Edition) by Purvis, Cross & Sunshine

La Familia Tuiunfadora by Len McMillan

Video- Crianza Basada en La Confianza by El Instituto de Desarrollo Infantil de TCU

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