Article 8 Convention on the Rights of the Child

1. States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference.

2. Where a child is illegally deprived of some or all of the elements of his or her identity, States Parties shall provide appropriate assistance and protection, with a view to re-establishing speedily his or her identity.


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Website Of Books Recommended By and Written By Adoptees

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Verrier

Journey Of The Adopted Self: A Quest For Wholeness by Betty Jean Lifton

Lost & Found: The Adoption Experience by Betty Jean Lifton

Twice Born by Betty Jean Lifton

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by David M. Brodzinsky, Robin Marantz Henig, Marshall D. Schecter

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge


Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents,and Adoptive... by Jean A.S. Strauss, Clarissa Pinkola Estés

The Adoption Reunion Handbook by Liz Trinder, David Howe, Julia Feast

Adoption Industry:

The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry by Mirah Riben

Fiction and Memoirs About About Adoption

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Found by Jennifer Lauck

Still Waters by Jennifer Lauck

Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck

Swimming Up the Sun: A Memoir of Adoption by Nicole J. Burton

You Don't Look Adopted: A memoir


Books On Trauma Non-Adoptee Specific

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

Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship by Laurence Heller, Aline LaPierre

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz

I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame by Brené Brown

Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Griefby Pauline Boss

Codependent No More & Beyond Codependency by Melody Beattie

The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner