Adoption Is For Always


A young girl (probably about 5 years old) struggles with what it means to be adopted. With her family's help, she works through fears of being unloved by and returned to her birth parents.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This book hits on a number of key things: learning what adoption means and how the process works, explaining the choices a birthmother makes--without judging her, and 'verbalizing' the fears and thoughts of a young child.

Content Awareness Factors:

While the concepts are introduced simply, there are lots of words to the story. Depending on the child's age, it may take a couple times to get through the story. If you didn't adopt your child as an infant, you may not find it as useful.

Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter listened to the story as we read. She was definitely processing the information as she has had questions about her adoption. I was a bit surprised that she didn't want to read it again or pick it up to just look at herself.

Parent Reaction

This is an excellent story not only for explaining the adoptive process, but for reassuring the child about his/her identity, recognizing their fears and re-iterating how loved they are.

Type of Book:
A good book for introducing the process of adoption for a young child and showing that you understand their feelings/confusion.
Educational Themes:

This is a good book for explaining all of the facets of adoption.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 8-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow it to see if it's one that is suited to the way you do/don't want to explain adoption to your child.

Title Adoption Is for Always
Author Linda Walvoord Girard
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company © 1986
Illustrators Judith Friedman
ISBN 0807501875
Material Paperback
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings
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