Learn. Grow. Find Community.

We’ve compiled these resources pertaining to post adoption depression (PAD), adoptive parenting, parenting traumatized children, foster parenting, and more.

Remember, these resources are here to help, but they are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.


NOTE: As part of the Amazon Associate program, we earn from qualifying purchases, which helps us to cover the fees and costs associated with maintaining this site.

A Place I Didn't Belong

Hope for Adoptive Moms

Adoption Therapy

Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues

The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Dancing with a Porcupine

Parenting Wounded Children Without Losing Your Self

Parenting Children of Trauma

The Foster-Adoption Guide to Understanding Attachment Disorder

The Post-Adoption Blues

Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption

Self-Care for Foster and Adoptive Families

Trauma Stewardship

An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Got a book to recommend?

Tell us about it!

Scholarly Articles

Depression and Anxiety Symptoms of British Adoptive Parents

Anthony RE, Paine AL, Shelton KH. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Dec 17;16(24).

Maternal depression and child development

Canadian Paediatric Society. Paediatr Child Health. 2004 Oct; 9(8): 575–583.

Depression and anxiety among postpartum and adoptive mothers

Mott SL, Schiller CE, Richards JG, O’Hara MW, Stuart S. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2011 Aug;14(4):335-43.

New study came out? Found a good fact sheet?

Tell us about it!

Support Groups


Post-Adoption Depression Syndrome Support

PADS is a Facebook support group for adoptive parents who have experienced or are experiencing post-adoption depression.

Creating a Family

Talk About Adoption and Infertility

Creating a Family is a Facebook support group for those affected by infertility, adoption, or foster care. It is run by Creating a Family, a national support organization.

We’re on the lookout for more support groups to share!

Tell us about your online or in-person PADS support group!

Submit a Resource

Got a resource to share that could be helpful to another adoptive mom or dad who is battling PAD? Submit the details below, and we’ll consider it for listing here.

Your review is important, so make sure to tell us how it impacted you and what makes it unique and applicable to sufferers of PAD.

BookWebsite/BlogArticleSupport Group (online)Support Group (in person)Other