She's Adopted

They just didn't tell her

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Many of these books can be found in libraries nationwide. To purchase these titles, you can use the following specialized sources : A portion of books purchased through Amazon will benefit the AAC (America Adoption Congress).

Tapestry Books: A mail order/online bookstore specializing in adoption titles.

Paperbackswap: Through Paperbackswap you can post books that you no longer want and mail them to people who do want them. You get credit for the books you mailed, so you can get books that you want. BookCrossing, you can register a book you no longer want online and label it with its BookCrossing ID. Then, you can give it to a friend, donate it to a used bookstore, leave it on a park bench or in a coffee shop. When someone finds it, he/she will hopefully go on to the web site, read the book, and re-release it. You can see who has read your book and where it’s been.


Adoption Detective is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano as she discovers fragments of her background and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. The heroine of the story is hardly a traditional detective, but genealogy by its very nature, leads her to detection, deduction, and conclusions that are not always what she had in mind.


Providing help for parents or caregivers wishing to productively communicate with their child, Keefer and Schooler answer such questions as:

  • How do I share difficult information about my child’s adoption in a sensitive manner?
  • When is the right time to tell my child the whole truth?
  • How do I find further information on my child’s history?

Age appropriate guidelines will make an arduous task organized and easier. Detailed descriptions of actual cases help the parent or caregiver find ways to discover the truth (particularly in closed and international adoption cases), organize the truth, and explain the truth gently to a toddler, child, or young adult that may be horrified by it. Parents, teachers, counselors, and other caregivers will come away from this reading with a sharper knowledge of how to make sense of the past for foster and adopted children of all ages.

orphan book by corie

It is rare that one comes across a book which both entertains and educates in equal proportions. Even rarer is a book that educates you in such a way that you are completely engrossed in the storyline, bound by its charm. Orfan is such a book!

Page after page, Orfan pulls the reader into the world of children dealing with parental loss, adoption issues, identity crises, pain, and fear. However, with each page you can hear the soul of children who refused to lose their laughter, hope, and trust in a bright, happy future. The term orphan (orfan) transformed from a traditionally sad focus on being parentless to that of positivity highlighting a child available to be parented. The book is a call to action.

Cori Skolnick, author of Orfan, said: “ORFAN represents a modern day fable that instructs the reader at an unconscious level about the damage done to individuals, and to society at large, by the kind of pernicious, casual, unchallenged racism that is still evident in our culture and especially in our political discourse. I believe that art, especially literature, has the power to move us and to change us. I also hope that JD’s story provides a representative culture hero for other people who have felt disenfranchised, even hated, especially children who have grown up without a loving stable family.” James Dean or Jimmy Dean is the main character in the story. He is a bi-racial child dealing with racial tension, the loss of his parents, finding and growing into his own identity, and the painful and empowering lessons of family.

While race is an issue in this book, it is not the issue. Race is not the focus. The focus is adoption. Children need parents. A step further, children need parents who love, respect, and are willing to nurture them through the pains which will someday be their past and through the joys which are inevitable in their future. Orfan pushes the reader beyond their comfort zone – beyond possible preconceived notions about adoption. Orfan introduces the reader to a world where change is needed and where change is possible. That world is found deep within the world in which you live every day.

To add to the impact of the book, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Orfan is distributed between three non-profit organizations. Ms. Skolnick is working passionately to ensure the book makes a tangible and measurable impact on the lives of adoptees and future adoptees. She tells of the non-profits which will benefit from the sale of the books:

“In Oakland, CA, Family Builders by Adoption, [is] an agency dedicated to finding and supporting loving, stable permanent families for children and youth living in foster care regardless of age, race/culture, special needs or even needs for mental health treatment. The agency respects not only race and culture in finding homes but also the gender identity of the child and families. We are also pledged to support THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. [A] member since 1997, … I hope to significantly support the SPLC’s advocacy for justice, tolerance and fairness for all. [Recently,] we did a “month long” fund raising promotion … to help raise funds for EMPACT Northwest, a relief organization in Washington that sent emergency medical relief into Japan after the Earthquake there.”

Children around the country and the world are awaiting a home, a family. To learn more about adopting in Philadelphia or in your area, visit American Adoptions – Philadelphia, National Adoption Center (located on Walnut St. in Philadelphia), or Adoption Arc (located on Pine St.).

Orfan, published by Mannequin Vanity Publishing, is available in bookstores, through the Mannequin Vanity Publishing website, through online retailers, on Corie Skolnick’s website.


More Books:

Growing Up Is Hard to Do When They Won’t Tell You Who You Are                                                                         by Joann Chace

Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58 
by E. Wayne Carp

Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood
by Bunny Crumpacker

Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption
by Micky Duxbury

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

Allen, Madelene. Reunion: The Search for My Birth Family. Boston Mills Press, 1994.

Askin, Jayne. Search: A Handbook for Adoptees and Birthparents. 3rd ed. Oryx Press, 1998.

Begley, Vincent J. Missing Links: The True Story of an Adoptee’s Search for His Birth Parents. Claycomb Press, 1991.

Blau, Eric. Stories of Adoption: Loss and Reunion. NewsagePress, 1993.

Culligan, Joseph J. Adoption Searches Made Easier. FJA Inc., 1996.

Fischer, Susan and Karen Gravelle. Where Are My Birth Parents?: A Guide for Teenage Adoptees. Walker & Co., 1993.

King, Dennis. Get the Facts on Anyone. Prentice Hall, 1992.

March, Karon. The Stranger Who Bore Me: Adoptee-Birth Mother Interactions. Enslow Pub., 1990.

McColm, Michelle. Adoption Reunions: A Book for Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Families. Second Story Press, 1993.

Moore, Kay. Gathering the Missing Pieces in an Adopted Life. Broadman & Holman Pub., 1995.

Ouston, Rick. Finding Family. New Star Books, 1994.

Sclhumacher, E.B. Birth Mother Search: Someday I’ll Find Her: The True Story of One Woman’s Success in Locating Her Birth Mother. Larksdale Press, 1993.

Strauss, Jean A.S. Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents. Penguin USA, 1994.

Strauss, Jean A. The Great Adoptee Search Book. Castle Rock Pub. Co., 1990.

Tillman, Norma. Adoption Searcher’s Handbook: A Guidebook for Adoptees, Birth Parents & Other Involved in the Adoption Search. Diane Pub. Co., 1994.

Wetherspoon, Mary Ruth. So Here I Am! But Where Did I Come From?: An Adoptee’s Search for Identity. Pate Pub., 1994.

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