The following books, readings and websites are provided to answer any further questions you may have about adopting a special needs child.

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Alexander-Roberts, Colleen. The Essential Adoption Handbook. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing, 1993.

Beauvais-Godwin, Laura and Godwin, Raymond. The Independent Adoption Manual, From Beginning to Baby. Lakewood, NJ: The Advocate Press, 1993.

Bolles, Edmund Blair. The Penguin Adoption Handbook. New York: Penguin, 1993.

Craig-Oldsen, Heather L. From Foster Parent to Adoptive Parent: Helping Foster Parents Make An Informed Decision About Adoption. Atlanta: Child Welfare Institute, 1988.

Gilman, Lois. The Adoption Resource Book. New York: Harper and Row, 1992.

Marindin, Hope. Handbook for Single Adoptive Parents. Chevy Chase, MD: Committee for Single Adoptive Parents, 1992.

Rosenthal, James A. and Groze, Victor K. Special-Needs Adoption: A Study of Intact Families. New York: Praeger, 1992.

Schooler, Jayne E. The Whole Life Adoption Book. Colorado Springs, CO: Piñon Press, 1993.

Walker, Elaine L. and Walsh, Teresa, illustrator. Loving Journeys: Guide to Adoption. Peterborough, NH: Loving Journeys, 1992.

Other resources

College Tuition Help for Adopted and Foster Children (.pdf, 140k)

New Jersey's Subsidized Adoption Program (.pdf, 60k)